The truth that many “dry-clean” companies don’t know or won’t admit is that the steam Cleaning process is safe and does not cause mold or damage to your Carpet or upholstery. Nevertheless, any method that over wets and under removes excess moisture can cause mold, odors and damage. Today’s advanced truck-mounted steam cleaning equipment, along with modern products and techniques, is easily capable of safer and more effective cleaning with fast dry times than methods that use less moisture and a spinning towel.
Surprising as it may seem, Chem-dry themselves recognizes this and use some of the same truck-mounted systems and attachments that mainstream steam cleaners have been using for years. They not only offer, but recommended it as their highest priced premium quality cleaning. This is especially true for soiled carpets with traffic areas and Berber carpeting. The irony of it all is that they still advertise not to “risk steam cleaning” while driving around in a van with a truck-mounted steam system right behind the two front seats and a Rx-20 rotary hot water extraction tool in the back. Before the truck-mount they actually used a portable hot water extractor.
Obviously, they recognize there over-priced re-labeled hot water extraction as the better way to clean. As quoted directly from a Chem-Dry web site:
Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonated Rotary Extraction System TM and state-of-the-art truck mount system has been awarded the gold seal of approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute of America to deliver Chem-Dry’s most powerful deepest clean for maximum soil removal.
Chem-Dry’s revolutionary truck mounted system cleans deep and dries quickly for the ultimate clean.