There are many reasons to steam clean your carpet, rather than renting a carpet shampooer. With steam cleaning, you’ll get far better results and you won’t negatively impact your health in the process. Here are 4 reasons to steam clean:
1. Get Rid of Dust Mites
If you’re always coughing when you sit on or near the carpet, you might have dust mites and not even know it. You can’t see them because they’re so small. However, your lungs will react to them, giving you allergies. Vacuuming your carpets often is one way to try to get rid of them, but the best way is to steam clean your carpets. The heat from the vapor will dig deep into your carpet and destroy them, which means allergy relief for you.
2. Non-Toxic and Chemical Free
Another reason to steam clean your carpet is that you won’t have to put harsh chemicals on it. When you rent a carpet shampooer, you have to use foamy chemical (sodium lauryl sulfate or a similar product) on the carpet, which releases toxic material in the air. This is disastrous if you have allergies, or are striving to keep your apartment free of chemicals for the better health of you, your children and pets. When you steam clean your carpets, you’re using steam vapors to interact with the dirt to break it apart. No chemicals or toxins are used in the process, which means the quality of the air of your home remains the same before the cleaning and after.
3. Longer Carpet Lifespan
Harsh chemical foams can shorten the carpet’s lifespan, making it less durable. Not so when you steam your carpet. The steam method doesn’t damage the carpet fibers the way that other methods of cleaning carpets would. Carpet is expensive for landlords to replace, and some are hesitant to make that monetary investment. If you suspect that you’re stuck with the carpet you’ve got, do your best to protect it and keep it clean while you’re renting. You’ll save your security deposit, and you’ll avoid an eyesore from stains and soiling when you steam clean your carpet.
4. Mold and Bacteria
Mold spores and bacteria can cause serious health issues, including agitating asthma and initiating allergies. Remove mold, bacteria and viruses when you steam clean your carpets safely, without chemicals that will make your asthma or allergies worse. The heat goes right into the inner layer of the carpet where the spores like to hide and removes them. Other carpet cleaning methods only clean the surface of the carpet, and miss the fungi, mold and other spores living inside your carpet.
Steam clean your carpets every year or every 2 years to keep them fresh and free of dirt and stains. However, you may have to clean them more frequently if the carpets become soiled. The longer you wait to steam clean after soiling, the harder it will be to remove the stain.