Healthy Home Healthy BabyWhen the time comes to clean your carpet or upholstery in New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties you want to choose a cleaning service that will do a deep cleaning that is thorough, safe, and also environmentally friendly. Not all carpet and upholstery cleaners do the job the same way, so you should do some research to find out what method the cleaning service uses. Most cleaning companies use the steam cleaning method, but Chem-Dry of NYC uses a far superior method known as Hot Carbonation Extraction. This method of carpet cleaning is faster, dries more rapidly, and results in carpet that is cleaner and stays cleaner for a longer time than the competing method of carpet cleaning, steam cleaning. It also uses solutions (Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)) that are derived from Mother Nature herself, so you are keeping green while getting your carpet clean.


Why Hot Carbonation Extraction?

Chem-Dry vs SteamWith the Hot Carbonation Extraction method, we employ hot carbonated water to explode dirt particles out of your carpet or upholstery. The millions of microscopic, effervescent bubbles allow us to use a fraction of the water needed for steam cleaning, and none of the harsh chemicals or detergents. This is because we aim for Green Cleaning, using only green-certified solutions to clean your carpet or upholstery.


With traditional steam cleaning, an excess amount of water is used, along with potentially harmful chemicals and detergents. The carpet stays wet for one or two days afterwards and some of those chemicals remain left behind in your carpet. These residues allow dirt to “cling” to your carpet, meaning your carpet gets dirty faster. On top of that, the moisture left behind can allow mildew and mold to set into your carpet. Why would you want to leave those chemicals and chances for mildew and mold behind for your beloved family, including children and pets, to come into contact with?


The other problem with steam cleaning is the effect steam can have on natural fibers. The water used for hot carbonated extraction is below the boiling point, and boiling water can cause natural fibers to shrink and stains to set in. If you have stains in your carpet, that’s right. Steam cleaning can actually cause the stain to set into the carpet so it can never be removed. It is for this reason that most carpet manufacturers recommend against steam cleaning, recommending instead that carpet be cleaned with a hot water extraction or hot carbonation extraction method.


With Chem-Dry of NYC’s (HCE) Hot Carbonation Extraction, much less water is used and the cleaning solution used is rinsed completely out of the carpet or upholstery, then the carbonated water is vacuumed completely out. You can rest assured that your carpet and upholstery will be professionally cleaned, and will dry quickly without any chemicals remaining to harm your loved ones. Your carpet is cleaner longer, and you are helping to maintain the environment by avoiding toxic chemicals and detergents.


What Are the Health Benefits?

With all the conflicting claims about how to best clean your carpet or upholstery, people often wonder why bother, other than for appearance. What are the health benefits of clean carpet, people often wonder. These benefits are numerous, from getting rid of dander left behind by your cats and dogs to eliminating musty odors caused by spills. This also reduces the amount of mold spores developing in your carpet from those spills.

Microscopic Mold SporesCleaning your carpet removes pollutants and mold spores that can cause respiratory problems, and minimizes the presence of dust mites. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, dirty carpet can harbor things like pet dander, particle pollution, cockroach allergens, and lead, along with everyday dirt and dust. On top of that, toxic gases can adhere to those particles and get trapped within your carpet to be released when you vacuum and walk across the carpet. Your carpet gets sanitized of these threats when we clean your carpet.

Dust MiteFinally, cleaning your carpet rids your home of the dust mite infestations that so many homes are facing. These microscopic organisms won’t harm you directly, but they leave behind feces and other waste products that can aggravate allergies or cause other respiratory problems. The hot water extraction method pulls all of those dust mites out of the carpet, and the hot water kills them to prevent future infestations.


The benefits of this can range from having less allergy problems to reduced symptoms of asthma. Reducing your exposure to the mold and mildew spores that can hide in your carpet also helps prevent further mold infestations and mold illnesses. Clean carpet also looks better, but even more important than that is the health improvement people see when they keep their carpet clean.


The same benefits are earned by upholstery cleaning. The same dust mites, pollutants, and mold spores that build up in your carpet can also develop within your upholstery, so regular upholstery cleaning is just as important to your health as carpet cleaning is. You not only maintain the beauty of your furniture by regularly cleaning it, you also contribute to better health for you and your family.



img_greenEarthWith this knowledge in hand, it is clear that cleaning your carpet and upholstery is not only good for the appearance of your home, but also the health of everyone in it. You should also have realized by now that Hot Carbonated Extraction is the best method to use for carpet and upholstery cleaning, since it removes more of the dirt and leaves behind less water and chemicals that can harm you or your family and cause your carpet to get dirty faster.

Chem-Dry of NYC is ready to help your health by assuring your carpet or upholstery is professionally cleaned in a way that is green-friendly and will stay clean longer than the competing method of steam cleaning. Our method is environmentally friendlier, too, so you can maximize the health benefits of clean carpet while still being green-friendly.