Steam cleaning separates a water based method of cleaning carpets from dry chemical compound method used by some professional companies. It’s not the steam that cleans the carpet, it’s the detergents applied with the machine which the steam activates. This is true when you rent a machine, or when you hire a professional steam cleaner to do it for you. Even dry cleaning companies use a small amount of water! Steam cleaning, or carpet shampooing does not have the toxic risks associated with dry chemical carpet cleaning. However, since water is involved, it does take longer before your carpets are ready to be walked on. For most people the wait is worth the worries saved. Dry time typically takes between 4 to 8 hours. At a minimum, you need to steam clean your carpeting once a year. Most manufacturers recommend steam cleaning your carpets every 6 to 12 months. Some of them even require it to maintain your warranty. If you have pets, suffer from allergies, or wear shoes indoors you might want to steam clean your carpet more often. Steam cleaning also offers the benefit of helping to decontaminate your carpets. When you’re ready for your professional steam cleaning, call us and we will have one of our experienced technicians to come to your home and provide one of our great services!