You’re probably familiar with steam cleaning, which is the traditional way of cleaning carpets. You might be asking yourself why you should choose Old Dominion Chem-Dry over steam cleaners. The truth is there are a lot of reasons. Chem-Dry is different in almost every way from steam cleaners. From beginning to end, Old Dominion Chem-Dry focuses on giving you a clean and healthy home. Everything we do, from our green-certified solution and proprietary equipment to our professional, trained technicians and what we do to meet the individual needs of your home,  is designed to ensure that your carpets get deep cleaned and stay cleaner for longer. Our mission and our passion is providing a safe and healthy home environment for you and your family.

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The Equipment

The cleaning process starts with the equipment you use. Equipment is one of the most important parts of carpet cleaning. Without proper equipment, you cannot do a good job at deep cleaning carpets and removing stains, dirt, and bacteria. 

Traditional steam cleaning uses equipment that pumps high volumes of soapy water into your carpets at extremely high pressures. This is rough on delicate carpet fibers. It usually even ends up driving some of the dirt even deeper into the carpet and backing, instead of removing it. 

Old Dominion Chem-Dry uses the most advanced technology in the carpet cleaning industry in our Hot Carbonated Extraction (HCE) equipment.  The machine sends carbonated bubbles deep into your carpets, where they rise to the surface, bringing all of the dirt and other contaminants in your carpets with them. Our powerful extraction equipment removes these from your carpet, while being gentle on the carpet fibers. Because our equipment uses low pressure and less water, it’s gentler on your carpet. Our HCE is is even CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) approved at the platinum level so you know it’s safe for your carpet. 

The Products

The products or solutions that are used during a carpet cleaning are the next piece of the puzzle. In order to get an effective clean, the right cleaning solutions need to be used. Using the wrong solution may mean that not only do your carpets not get cleaned, but also that they actually get dirtier faster moving forward. 

Most steam cleaners use carpet cleaning detergents that are full of chemicals that leave a soapy residue behind after the cleaning. This residue becomes sticky, attracts dirt, and leaves your carpet looking dingy again shortly after cleaning. The harsh chemicals can cause additional wear on your carpets. Plus, the cleaning chemicals can be harmful to pets and children, as well as the environment. 

Old Dominion Chem-Dry uses The Natural®, is made from natural ingredients. It doesn’t include any soaps or detergents, so there is no dirt-attracting residue left behind when we’re done cleaning. This means that not only do your carpets get cleaner, but they will also stay cleaner for longer. The Natural® is 100% green and natural, so it won’t damage carpets or harm our environment. It’s also non-toxic, so its safe for kids and pets. 

The Process

Last but not least, how you actually go about cleaning a carpet makes a huge difference in the final result. The right process means your carpets get cleaned right and that stains are treated correctly. The wrong process cna at best not fully clean your carpets and at worst actually damage them.

Typical steam cleaners push a large amount of water into your carpet, which means the carpets can take days to dry. Excessive water can soak through to the carpet backing, which promotes the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria under the carpet, where it does damage and is harmful for your health. 

Chem-Dry’s Proprietary HCE process uses one-fifth of the water of traditional steam cleaning, which allows your carpet to dry in a couple of hours, rather than a couple of days. Meanwhile, the carbonation from our process penetrates to the base of the carpets and gently agitates and releases the dirt particles from the carpet fibers. Heat accelerates the carbonation reaction, allowing our specialized equipment to extract both the dirt and the water from your carpets and allowing you to resume regular activities in your home as quickly as possible.