Steam Cleaning vs Hot-Water Extraction Cleaning

Hot-Water Extraction (v) is a method used in chemistry for extraction and for “steam cleaning” (e.g. carpets). This should always be the primary method for residential and commercial cleaning. In this article, we’ll tell you why!

Pressurized hot-water extraction process uses a combination of high water pressure for agitation, and hot water to increase reaction rate. The fact is, most people refer to hot water extraction as steam cleaning when in actuality, they are two entirely different cleaning processes. Each method uses a different temperature of water and sometimes different cleaning solutions as well. So before you clean your carpet or try to treat a nasty stain, read on to learn more about hot water extraction vs steaming cleaning.

The primary difference is the temperature of the water used. It’s basic science, really.

For steam cleaned, the water must reach a temperature high enough to transform into a gas. This can often set stains and doesn’t actually rinse the carpet fibers.

Hot water extraction, on the other hand, only requires hot water. How hot? Hot enough that it cleans deeply and effectively, but not so hot that it changes into another state of matter (like gas/steam). While its true that there is visible steam using the hot water extraction method, its still just very hot water.

Carpets can be cleaned, safely, with hot water extraction – although some synthetics use a lower temperature to prevent shrinkage.

Treating stains is much more effective with Hot-Water Extraction, too (unlike steam cleaning, which is avoided because it can actually set stains—permanently).

If you’re in the Williamsburg area, give Williamsburg Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning a call. Ross and our cleaning professionals perform hot-water extraction using a high-power, industrial machine. We’ll leave your carpets completely clean with absolutely no residue left afterward, and dry within a few hours.  Give us a call at 757-258-2552 to talk to Mandy about an estimation or appointment.

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