No carpet cleaning method is completely dry. Some approaches to carpet cleaning, however, completely soak your carpets, padding, and subfloors while others use light amounts of moisture to gently remove dirt and stains.
What is the difference between wet carpet cleaning and dry carpet cleaning, and why do wet carpet cleaning businesses receive so many customer complaints? Find out why starting a dry carpet cleaning business is the most reliable and profitable option.
What is dry carpet cleaning?
In the olden days, there was no such thing as dry carpet cleaning. If you wanted to get your carpets cleaned, your only option was allowing a noisy, stinky truck mount to park in your driveway while carpet cleaning technicians dragged an enormous hose throughout your house.
Conventional, wet carpet cleaning technologies use highly pressurized hot water combined with alkaline chemicals. They shoot hot water and detergent into your carpets with enough pressure to thoroughly soak your subflooring.
Dry carpet cleaning, on the other hand, gently extracts soil from your carpets while leaving your padding and subflooring untouched. The equipment used for dry carpet cleaning is efficient, and quiet, and there aren’t any smelly trucks or massive hoses involved.
Incorporating the latest advancements in carpet cleaning technology, dry carpet cleaning:
- Is eco-friendly
- Won’t cause mold, mildew, or water damage
- Thoroughly cleans carpets
- Doesn’t leave any stains or crusty chemicals behind
- Leaves carpets dry within 30 minutes or less
The truth about “steam” carpet cleaning
In the carpet cleaning industry, the word “steam” is used as a euphemism for the copious amounts of pressurized hot water that are actually used in “steam carpet cleaning.” Wet carpet cleaners justify this phrasing by saying that the steam emitted by their high-pressure hot water helps remove soil and stains.
All that this “steam” really does, however, is leave carpets soaking wet for days or even weeks after they’re cleaned. Do you think that this leftover water is clean? Think again.
It’s just as dirty as the water that the carpet cleaners were extracting. It’s left behind because steam carpet cleaning completely saturates carpets and then fails to fully extract all of the soiled water. Furthermore, left over dirt built itself back up to the surface. Hence, stains and dirt reappear within a few days after the carpet was cleaned.
The truth is that steam carpet cleaning is simply inefficient and outdated (old school method of cleaning). It doesn’t have any advantages over dry carpet cleaning, and carpet cleaners who still use wet cleaning methods just haven’t gotten with the times. Also, Truck mounts are limited to reach over 2nd floors. Therefore, steamers lose at least 60% of the market.
Dry carpet cleaning vs. wet carpet cleaning
Let’s summarize the pros and cons of wet carpet cleaning and dry carpet cleaning:
Wet carpet cleaning pros and cons
- Doesn’t require upgrading to newer dry carpet cleaning technologies
- Can provide adequate cleaning if extractions are performed 16 times in a row
- Leaves dirty water behind in carpets
- Carpets take forever to clean
- Leftover water in padding and subfloors can lead to water damage, mold, and mildew
- Can cause stains to resurface once dry
- Not eco-friendly
- Soiled water can contaminate the water supply
- Customers often complain and demand re-dos
- Can’t clean above 2nd floors
- Truck mounts are very expensive to repair and maintain
Dry carpet cleaning pros and cons
- Carpets dry within 30 minutes or less
- Does not soak padding or subfloor
- Eco-friendly since it uses far less water
- No hoses snaking through the house
- Doesn’t leave dirty water behind in carpets
- Carpets stay clean longer
- Leaves customers satisfied and eager to work with you again
- Requires newer, updated equipment
- Some customers will need to be educated about the benefits of dry carpet cleaning
How to start a dry carpet cleaning business
Starting a wet carpet cleaning business requires expensive, complicated equipment that can only be installed in a customized van. It requires enormous volumes of water, and you must dispose of this water properly to comply with regulations.
All you need to start a dry carpet cleaning business, however, is an inexpensive, comprehensive DryMaster dry carpet cleaning equipment package. Of course, you’ll need a vehicle to get from job to job, but it can be any type of car with enough room to carry your equipment.
Dry carpet cleaning solutions are highly concentrated, and compared to wet carpet cleaning, you hardly need any detergent solution to get the job done. With carpets that fully dry within 30 minutes, the only thing you’ll leave behind are clean carpets and satisfied customers.
DryMaster is the most trusted name in dry carpet cleaning
At DryMaster, we supply you with everything you need to start a high-tech, contemporary carpet cleaning business. Our dry carpet cleaning equipment features the latest technological advancements, and our carefully calibrated solution formulas clean carpets efficiently and effectively.
We make it easy for you to start your business. There are no franchising fees, and you don’t have to pay for expensive steam-cleaning equipment or customized vehicles. All you need to do is pick an equipment package and get started.
As a DryMaster Affiliate, you’ll even receive free training, coaching and marketing materials to help you get the word out. Our affiliates get work lined up almost immediately. Businesses and consumers are starting to realize that wet carpet cleaning is a thing of the past. With DryMaster dry carpet cleaning equipment, you’ll satisfy your customers and leave behind excellent results every time.