“Carpet Dry Cleaning” in Raleigh catches a lot of buzz these days. It’s interesting that many Raleigh carpet cleaning companies are carpet dry cleaners only. But as Raleigh’s oldest and largest carpet, rug & upholstery cleaning business, Ace Rug would like to set the record straight as to which cleaning methods provide the best cleaning for your in-home carpet and area rugs.
Area Rug Cleaning Methods: Know What’s Best for Your Rug
When it comes to area rugs, there is no one way to clean every type or style. In general hand washing produces a better cleaning result. We use this method whenever possible. But when this is not an option, area rugs are dry cleaned. We know which method is best for your rug and you can rest assured your rugs are in the hands of a truly experienced cleaning company.
Ace Rug Specializes in Cleaning the Following Types & Styles of Area Rugs:
- Oriental Rugs
- Sisal Rugs
- Braided Rugs
- Dhurrie Rugs
- Hook Rugs
- Needlepoint Rugs
- Wool Rugs
- All Types
Ace Offers Safe Carpet Steam Cleaning for Your Raleigh, NC Home
There is much debate over the effectiveness of hot water extraction, a.k.a. carpet steam cleaning, versus highly advertised, misleading carpet dry cleaning methods.
Why Carpet Steam Cleaning beats Carpet Dry Cleaning
FACT!!! Leading carpet manufacturers such as Shaw Industries recommend you have a true professional use hot water extraction / steam cleaning to clean your carpets every 12-18 months. If carpet dry cleaning was indeed the better option, those manufacturers would say so. They do not benefit from telling you otherwise.
With our 55+ years experience, Ace Rug Cleaning Company understands that home carpet cleaning is best done using hot water extraction, also known as steam cleaning carpets. And yes, your carpet will be wet afterwards because it just received a deep, thorough cleaning–which is very different from what you would have received from a carpet dry cleaning company. Scrubbing the top surface of a carpet with a buffing pad simply does not deep clean it.
Here’s how our hot water extraction / carpet steam cleaning works:
– We begin by using only the most advanced truck-mounted hot water extraction / steam cleaning system in the industry.
– Pressurized, heated water containing a cleaning or rinsing solution is then injected into the fibers of your carpet while being simultaneously extracted with a powerful vacuum.
– This method will flush, clean, rinse and extract dirt, allergens, etc., leaving your carpet as deep-down clean as possible.
Say “No, Thank You” to Carpet Dry Cleaning Chemicals in Your Home
Home dry cleaning companies want you to believe that if you have your carpet hot water extracted or steam cleaned, it can shrink, mold or mildew, split at the seams, or otherwise be ruined. This is only true if you choose an inexperienced, ill-equipped, under-insured, unreputable, cheap carpet cleaning company – and there are plenty of those around.
To avoid the aforementioned, be careful to choose a carpet & rug cleaning company whose services are supported by their experience and unwavering reputation in the area. Ace Rug has 100’s of 5-Star Raleigh Carpet Cleaning Reviews from our satisfied customers. Choosing a cut-rate, cheap carpet cleaner is almost always a mistake.
As one of our wiser clients once told us, “The most expensive isn’t always the best, but the cheapest is always the most expensive.”
Carpet dry cleaning companies often try to glorify what it is they do, but they basically use one of two methods:
1. They spray your carpet with a chemical solution and then buff over it with a rotary machine and bonnet, telling you the dirt will transfer to their bonnet–WRONG. Not only is this totally inefficient, but it will also leave quite a bit of residue in your carpet.
2. They sprinkle a damp, powdery substance all over your carpet and then grind the powder into the carpet, hoping your dirt will somehow magically attach itself to their powder. Then, they use a vacuum to supposedly get all of the dirt/powder out–WRONG AGAIN! Not only will this not get the dirt out of your carpets, but you will be left with two abrasives at the base of your carpet…another reason why leading carpet manufacturers recommend hot water extraction, a.k.a. carpet steam cleaning, over dry cleaning.
Don’t Expose Yourself to Additional Chemicals–Stay Away from Carpet Dry Cleaning!
Chemical dry cleaning companies are popping up everywhere. Why? Because it’s an easy business to get into. It takes little financial investment, little training, and no expertise. Ace Rug is called in weekly to re-stretch, repair, or re-clean carpets that have been exposed to dry cleaning chemicals. However, it’s not just the inefficiencies of the dry cleaning method that make it the worst of two options.
According to a WebMD article, the solvent used by 85% of U.S. dry cleaners known as PERC (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene) has been declared a “likely human carcinogen” by the National Academy of Sciences. The Academy came to this conclusion based on the findings of its expert panel which was charged with reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) risk analysis of the solvent. Not all carpet dry cleaning solutions contain PERC, but you don’t want to take any chances with chemicals in your home whether they are for commercial use or homeowner use.
Based on their review, the panel agreed that:
- PERC is a “likely human carcinogen.” This means that while there’s no definitive proof that the chemical causes cancer in humans, there’s strong evidence it does — and there’s proof that the chemical causes various cancers in animals.
- PERC’s most dangerous non-cancer effect is nerve and brain damage. Safe exposure levels for drinking water and air quality should be set well above levels that can cause such damage.
- The EPA’s system for evaluating chemical risk is basically sound, although procedures for evaluating the strength of relevant studies need to be strengthened.
In addition to being utilized by dry cleaning companies, PERC is used as a metal degreaser and in the production of many other chemicals. It is found in the air, in drinking water, and in soil. It can be detected in most people’s blood, as well as in breast milk.
For more information about the harmful effects of PERC or to read more about the National Academy of Sciences’ findings, click here.
James J. Reynolds, Jr. Owner and Operator
Don’t waste your money on inefficient and potentially harmful cleaning methods, contact us today at (919) 832-2275 and find out for yourself why thousands of satisfied customers in Raleigh, NC and beyond continue to call on us for all of their rug repair, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, rug cleaning and carpet sales and installation needs. We can give you the definitive answers on whether steam cleaning carpets or carpet dry cleaning in Raleigh is right for you.