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“Deep Steam” vs. “Regular” Carpet Cleaning – Houston

By Josh Evans

December 12, 2009

Carpet Cleaning in Houston is a giant mammoth of an industry as the market brings in millions annually. One cannot help but notice the endless streams of local listings when the phrase Carpet Cleaning Houston is inputted into Google. Results can easily climb to hundreds of search results. You will also find the same to be true when searching for Carpet Cleaners in Houston using the Yellow Pages. However, how can consumers distinguish top-tier service companies from the rest?

One could make the assumption that companies having top placement in Google, Bing, or Yahoo, as well as telephone directories, are probably larger companies with better service since they are willing to pay more for exposure. However, the truth of the matter is, companies who spend more advertising and marketing dollars don’t necessarily mean they provide the best service and customer support. It is merely an assumption.

Difference between Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning and regular carpet cleaning

Because this very uncertainty looms in every customer’s mind, over the years ProTech Restoration has received a steady stream of incoming calls from customers desiring carpet cleaning who simply want to be in a better position to make a calculated decision on who to use. One of the most important questions asked over and over is, “What is the difference between Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning and regular carpet cleaning?”  We thought it was about time to discuss this topic in more detail in the hopes to shed some definitive light between the two.

The first question beyond all to ask a carpet cleaner is whether or not they will be using water to clean the carpet or not. The idea behind conventional carpet cleaning is simple. High-pressure water is sprayed onto your carpet removing dirt and debris. At the same time, a vacuum extracts the soiled water away from your home into a tank located somewhere on the carpet cleaner’s truck. There are some companies that do not use water to clean carpets. Instead they “buff” carpets with hand tools and conditioner.  While buffing these carpets can leave your carpet looking cleaner, beware of what is still lurking underneath. In a sense, buffing carpets only scratch the surface of the problem.

The next question you would want to ask a Houston carpet cleaner (who uses water) is do they use portable machines or truck-mounted units? Portable machines are introductory devices and have significantly less cleaning power (more like a household vacuum cleaner). You’ve probably seen such units available for rent at your local grocery store. Truck-mounted units on the other hand utilize higher pressures and a much more powerful vacuum for extraction.

This leads to the next question for Houston carpet cleaners (who use truck-mounted units). Do you run cold water units, hot water, or steam cleaning units? The majority of carpet cleaning in Texas and across the nation for that matter is run with cold water truck-mounted units or with heat conversion units. This is a standard practice in the carpet cleaning industry. Coldwater units tend to require more cleaning agents to be applied. Hot water units while better than cold, simply have a heat exchanger built into them. Basically, they take the heat generated by their engine muffler to heat up the water which still isn’t going to come close to the hot water produced by your kitchen sink.

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Finally, there is the deep steam carpet cleaning method which has been championed by our Cleaning Technicians. Deep steam carpet cleaning units come with heavy duty commercial boilers which heats water up to 212 degrees and kills 99.9% of bacteria lurking in hard to reach places. It also reduces the need to spray carpet cleaning shampoos which may lead to wear and tear in the future. Also, because in ProTech we manufacture our own unique line of Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning equipment which are used solely by our trained technicians, there will be a world of difference in the quality of service.

Next time you call a carpet cleaner in Houston, make sure to ask these important questions. There is an old word saying “You get what you pay for.” When it comes to carpet cleaning in Houston, make sure this is the case every time. If there is a competitive price out there, make sure you know what you are paying for and if it’s worth it to you as a home or business owner. And to get the best carpet cleaning service in Houston, contact us now!