Pros & Cons On Hot Water Extraction

The trend for carpet flooring has substantially increased in the last half a decade. People find getting carpet flooring more convenient than other available flooring options. Apart from easy installation, the maintenance and cleaning of carpet is also extremely easy and affordable. You need not hire expensive machineries and chemicals to improve the luster of your floor. With easy and plenty of carpet cleaning options, you can be rest be assured that your home flooring will look sparkling and stunning all the time.

Besides luster and beauty, regular maintenance and cleaning also help maintain the durability of the carpet for many years. If you live in a moist or flood prone area, getting regular and correct carpet cleaning will help you preserve the warranty as well.

There are number of carpet cleaning methods to consider, but not all of them are suitable for all carpets. The final selection of method depends on many factors such as fabric, severity of stains, molds etc. A professional carpet cleaner can help you choose the best possible carpet cleaning method.

With all the options at hand, hot water extraction cleaning is one of the most popular and commonly preferred carpet cleaning techniques. In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of using hot water extraction for carpet cleaning. This small comparison will help you decide better.

Hot Water Extraction

Hot water extraction is also commonly known as steam cleaning. This method involves injecting hot-water and mild detergent into the carpet, followed by vacuuming out the soil, debris, water, as well as the detergent through powerful suction system.

Extraction systems are available in a variety of styles and sizes. You can opt for a portable or truck mounted system, depending upon the size of your carpet. According to professionals, truck mounted extraction systems are considered to be the best solution for its quality and superior vacuum strength. A truck-mounted system can clean up to 95 percent of the soil, detergent and water used in the cleaning process.

Similar to all other things on this planet, even this system comes with a few pros and cons. Let’s take a look at them for better insight on the system. 

Pros of Hot Water Extraction

Highly Recommended

One of the major benefits of using this carpet cleaning system is that it is recommended by professionals. Its ability to clean up to 95% is what makes it stand out among all the other options. Read any blog on the internet, hot water extraction will be the most talked about system of all.

100% Cleaning

Another benefit of using this cleaning system is that the heat used in the cleaning and extraction process effectively kills the bacteria and germs. It is able to treat all kind of fungi and bacteria that can be harmful for your pets and children.


Hot water extraction is one of the quickest ways for carpet cleaning. The professional don’t take more than a couple of hours for the entire cleaning process.

Cons of Hot Water Exchange


This process leads to overwetting of carpets if the technician is not well trained to carry on the process.

Mold growth

If the carpet is left moist, it can lead to mold growth, especially if you live in a climate with moderate to high humidity.

Long Drying Duration

The duration for carpet drying can extend anywhere between 12 to 24 hours. This is quite a time consuming task and thus, only a professional should be hired to ensure proficiency.

Before Hiring a Pro

Hiring the right professional firm can help restore the appeal and beauty of your carpet. It is a good way to improve the overall indoor air quality of your home. Thus, you should make sure that you hire only professional cleaners. Professionals hired must have right set of equipment, experience and training to serve your needs. When looking for a carpet cleaning professional:

● Look for carpet cleaners with authorized certification and license

● Check with the manufacturer for some suggestions on different forms of treatment as some specific treatments can completely void carpet warranties.

● Take the cleaning professional around the carpet area to be cleaned and point out the spots that need special treatment.

With regular maintenance and professional cleaning, your carpets can remain beautiful and functional for many years to come. Keep in mind all the pros and cons discussed above before choosing a particular cleaning method.

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