Toronto Professional Carpet Cleaning: Steam vs. Dry

You may not realize it, but the carpet in your office says a lot about you. That means that if it looks dirty and worn out, it can send the wrong message to your customers and clients. To prevent this, regular professional carpet cleaning is recommended in order to keep your carpets looking new.

Professional cleanings usually take the form of either steam cleaning or dry cleaning.

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, with each method working best for certain messes. Each method is further detailed below.

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A steam cleaning involves applying water to the carpet, which is then dried immediately afterwards. This method uses hot water and chemicals to free dirt and stains from the carpet and a machine to suck the dirty water up. Steam cleaning is highly effective for deep-set stains and dirt, making this the preferred method if it’s been a long time since the carpet was last cleaned. If there are any hidden stains, steam cleaning will release them and it provides a deep overall cleaning.

One downside to steam cleaning is that it can take your carpet up to two hours to dry. As a result, this method is recommended for after-hours so the carpet can dry overnight without being walked on.

Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning typically also uses chemicals and water, with the chemicals being sprayed onto the carpet and then scrubbed with a pad; the carpet will need to be vacuumed immediately before it is cleaned.

The biggest advantage of this method is that you can walk on your carpet immediately after it is cleaned. It also uses less water and is one of the most cost-effective means of carpet cleaning available.

However, this method does not provide the same deep cleaning that steam cleaning does, so it will not be able to address deep-set stains. But if you have your carpets cleaned regularly, this is the best method for maintaining them.

Each process involves specialized equipment, so if you have any questions about the process, it is recommended that you speak to the cleaning company. At Clean-Slate Janitorial Services, we provide the best professional carpet cleaning services in the Greater Toronto Area. Whether you’re looking for a deep steam cleaning or a regular dry cleaning for your carpets, Clean-Slate will provide the service you need at an affordable price.


“Steam Cleaning VS Dry Carpet Cleaning,”, September 1, 2014;

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Sam Panousis

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Started my cleaning career in 1995. After spending years as a general cleaner I began to learn other cleaning skills such as window cleaning, carpet cleaning and floor (stripping and waxing) cleaning. In 2003 managed and supervised for a large janitorial company. With all the years of experience behind me I decided to start my own janitorial company in 2008 and that was when Clean-Slate Janitorial was created. Add me to your G+ Profile