How Does Steam Cleaning Work?
Steam cleaning is exactly what it sounds like cleaning with steam. To clean the carpets, hot, vaporized water (steam) is shot into them at high pressure. The heat and moisture help to break down and loosen dirt, grime and oils. The suction from the machine removes this broken-down dirt. Mild cleaning chemicals can sometimes be added to provide fragrance and a deeper clean. This cleaning process sounds great, but is steam cleaning effective in removing stains?
Will Carpet Steam Cleaning Remove Stains?
Steam cleaning is highly effective at removing stains, but it’s not foolproof. There are a couple of situations where your stains may persist even after steam cleaning. A lipstick stain, for example, is waxy and will require more than steam to dissolve.
That being said, if you use a steam cleaner on your carpets, you can expect nearly pristine results. The process should effectively remove most stains, dirt, and debris, as well as allergens and pests. If you want to be sure, before beginning steam cleaning, use a spot-cleaner on your stains. This will help to break down the stain and make it easier for the steam to clean it.
What to do When the Steam Cleaner Can’t Remove the Stain
While a steam cleaning machine can remove almost all stains, there are some it can’t. This could be because:
If the Carpet is Old or Thinning
If you have an old carpet, the backing may also be stained as the thinning leaves it exposed. It is tough to remove stains from coarse, deep-seated materials such as the backing. Steam cleaning will likely damage your rug further.
If the Stain is Bonded to the Fibres
When a stain is left to settle in, it can bond to the carpet fibres and be harder to remove. That’s why it’s important to tend to the stain as soon as it happens. Once a stain has bonded, there is no guarantee it can be removed.