The Truth on If It's Better to Shampoo or Steam Clean Carpets

If it's time to get your home's carpeting cleaned but you're not sure how to go about getting it done, consider hiring the best carpet steam cleaner, Zerorez®.

You always have a choice in how your carpets get cleaned - have them professionally shampooed or have them professionally steam-cleaned. While both methods will get your carpets much cleaner than they are right now, you need to know there's a very big difference between the two methods.

Here are some things you should know about both:

Carpet Shampooing

There's no doubt that soap and water are a good combination for cleaning just about anything, even carpets. A good head of foamy soap can help to remove stains and soil, even ground-in soil, from a number of different pile types and fibers. Shampooing does an excellent job of breaking the bond between the dirt and carpet fibers; in addition, most shampoos have a lubricating agent that helps to protect fibers from the strong agitation/rotating brushes that push shampoo into and around them. While all of this means that you'll probably end up with a fairly clean carpet after shampooing, you should know that there are also some downsides to the process. Shampoo residue is the biggest problem with cleaning carpets with foaming products. It's almost impossible to remove all of the shampoo and what's left can attract even more dirt as it dries on the carpet fibers. The other major disadvantage of shampooing is that most detergents have additives that "brighten" carpeting; unfortunately, over time, these can cause lighter-colored carpets to yellow.

Carpet Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning has become the preferred method of cleaning for professionals. Steam cleaning doesn't use harsh or sticky detergents and doesn't require agitation of carpet fibers with rough brushes. Steam cleaners remove dirt by blasting hot water and steam through the carpet; once the dirt has been dislodged, it's vacuumed out. Though steam cleaning is just as, if not more, effective than shampooing, it has the disadvantage of not being as successful when it comes to removing set-in stains - unless you work with a company like Zerorez, the best carpet steam cleaner in Las Vegas, NV, that has the technology to eliminate even stubborn stains. The other disadvantage to steam cleaning is the water itself. If done by a less-than-expert carpet cleaning company, too much water can be left in your carpeting, which can lead to mold and mildew problems.

Don't take a chance on a carpet cleaning method that isn't effective. Call the best carpet steam cleaner in Las Vegas, NV, Zerorez, at (702) 567-0016. To find out more about Zerorez's patented carpet cleaning technology, visit

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