Steam Cleaning Your Carpet 101

by Carpet Right SEO

After investing hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars in new carpet, Sydney homeowners, unsurprisingly, want to know how to keep it looking as good as possible for as long as possible.

However, even if you do spot clean and vacuum regularly, there will come a point where it will need a deep clean to remove dirt, grime and persistent stains.

We asked a local specialist cleaner of Carpet in Northern Beaches to explain the pros and cons of steam cleaning carpet.

What is Steam Cleaning?

Despite its name, steam isn’t used to clean the carpet. While the carpet cleaning machines may give off steam, it’s not the steam that removes the dirt and stains, but a mixture of detergent and water. The machine then utilises a wet-vac to extract the bulk of the water and residue in the fibres to leave your carpet almost touch dry.

Should you opt for DIY or Professional Cleaning?

You can buy or hire a commercial carpet cleaning machine and do the work yourself. The machine usually operates by applying a cleaning solution onto your carpet which is agitated into the fibres by brushes.

The machine also sucks up the dirty cleaning solution into a tank as you move the machine across the surface of the carpet. Once the cleaning is complete, it’s usually advised that you leave the carpet to dry thoroughly for anywhere between 12 and 24 hours, although some powerful cleaners do have shorter drying times.

The machines used by professional carpet cleaners are usually much more powerful and are able to spray more cleaning solution and extract more water. These more efficient machines mean that cleaned carpets will take less time to dry, a bonus for any busy household.

The Pros and Cons of Steam Carpet Cleaning

Any household with Carpet North Shore wide will know first-hand how much sand and grit can be inadvertently brought into your home, no matter how conscientious you are, and how this debris can end up trapped deep in the fibres of your carpet.

So, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using steam cleaning to get your carpet looking clean and fresh once again.


·         You can easily steam clean your carpet yourself using a carpet cleaner, hot water and detergent. You don’t even have to buy a machine as they are available to rent through many outlets.

·         Professional carpet cleaners do a thorough job with short drying times.

·         Dirt and debris are removed by the machine rather than being left in carpet

·         Steam cleaning will lift flattened pile to revive the carpet


·         With a home-use machine, it’s likely that you’ll have to wait between 12 and 24 hours for it to dry.

·         You may find that persistent stains reappear within a few days of cleaning.

Schedule Regular Cleaning

One way to tackle persistent stains is to schedule in regular steam cleaning. After all, you’ve invested a lot of money into your flooring, so it makes sense to keep it as clean and hygienic as possible.

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