Learn what makes Chem-Dry carpet cleaning much more effective than steam cleaners

Green Leaf Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaners: Compare the Difference

Green Leaf Chem-Dry and our unique, effective carpet cleaning conserves water usage and achieves a better result with a short drying time. Using our patented carbonated cleaning solution which is applied through a low pressure spray machine, infiltrating into your carpet with millions of microscopic carbonated bubbles (instead of gallons of water). These tiny bubbles explode dirt and grime off of the fibers of your carpet and raises them to be easily extracted away. With our carbonated cleaning method, 80% less water is used, and that’s why carpets cleaned by Chem-Dry are dry in only 1-2 hours, not days.

Steam cleaners have a very different approach to cleaning carpets. By releasing buckets full of hot, soapy water on to your carpet, they hope to successfully clean your carpets. In a perfect world, all that water and soap would get sucked back up by the machine; however, that’s not the case. This method of carpet cleaning deposits a lot of water and soap residue which attracts dirt. Steam cleaning does make your carpets appear clean, but only for a short time. The reason being, the soap residue left behind causes them to get dirty quickly. If you have them clean return to clean it for the same stains, or perhaps you take a crack at it yourself, then you end up pumping more water into an already opportune environment for harmful mold and mildew to grow underneath your carpet.¬†

Side-by-side: Chem-Dry and Steam Cleaning

Chem-Dry (Hot Carbonation Extraction)

  • Carbonating, active cleaning solution
  • Neutral pH cleaning solution
  • Resists re-soiling (ie. stains don’t reappear)
  • Low water quantity
  • Low pressure application
  • Short drying time of 1-2 hours
  • Green solutions and cleaning method, minimal water

Steam Cleaning (Hot Water Extraction)

  • Flat, inactive cleaning solution
  • High pH cleaning solution
  • Encourages re-soiling leading to reappearing stains
  • High water quantity
  • High pressure application
  • Long drying times up to 1-2 days
  • Harsh chemicals, excessive water
A baby walking across a chem-dry clean carpet


We provide superior residential and commercial carpet, upholstery, and tile cleaning services throughout Pierce County, Washington including Dupont, Steilacoom, Tacoma, Spanaway, Lakewood, Puyallup, and the surrounding areas.

Green Leaf Chem-Dry

Carpet, Upholstery, Area Rug, Wood, & Tile Cleaning in Tacoma, WA

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*Based on results of studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry's Hot Carbonating Extraction process. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple homes. Hard surface bacteria tests were based on independent lab testing associated with EPA registration #s 84683-3-74771 and 70385-6; sealed stone and VCT surfaces were evaluated and bacteria tested include salmonella, influenza and E. coli.