Why You Should Never Shampoo Your Carpets Again: Benefits of the Steam-Cleaning Process


The typical person can be found inside at least 90 percent of the time, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Studies also show that pollutants are two to five times more toxic indoors than outdoors. And, in some cases, indoor air measurements have been found to be 100 times more polluted!

Some people might be surprised to know that indoor pollutants can often be found in carpet fiber. Not only can dirt, pet hair, dust mites and other debris be found in carpet fiber, but unwanted outdoor contaminants can be tracked inside. Over time, dust and grime build up. Therefore, it’s important to remove this build-up to preserve the carpet’s appearance and protect the health of indoor occupants.

Vacuuming and spot cleaning are necessary to prolong the carpet’s life but these methods only remove surface debris. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration (IICRC), performing a deeper treatment approach then becomes necessary.

There are numerous techniques to utilize when removing dirt and allergens from a carpet. However, the results are not the same. Let’s look at the difference between two of the more common methods.


 Shampooing is probably the oldest method. The process produces foam to break up dirt and other unwanted particles. But shampooing has its disadvantages: the sticky soap residue afterward can attract even more dirt. Some shampoos also use brighteners that can result in a yellowing effect. Additionally, if the water is not extracted correctly, the carpet does not dry quickly and can lead to mold.


Steam cleaning carpet, on the other hand, has become an efficient, environmentally-friendly alternative to shampoo. It utilizes a hot-water extraction system. This includes super-heated water and a water softener that removes dirt and bacteria without soap or harsh chemicals. The water can reach 200 degrees Fahrenheit and breaks up dirt and grease without damaging fibers or over-wetting the carpet. Powerful vacuums extract the dirty water, leaving carpets clean, soft and odor-free. Steam cleaning your carpet is the most thorough cleaning you can get.


It’s Environmentally-Friendly. The lack of chemicals is a huge benefit to those people who have allergies or asthma. Or, for those who are trying to reduce toxicity in their environment. In addition, no harmful residue is left behind that can contaminate the indoor environment.

No Discoloration. Unlike the yellowing that can result from shampoo, there is little chance of discoloration when hot water and steam are used.

No Excess Moisture. Excess water along with the dislodged dirt is eliminated by the equipment’s suction component. Carpets can dry quickly, thus minimizing the chance for re-soiling or mold.

A Good Investment. Carpet is an expensive investment and you want to take the best possible care of it to keep it looking great for as long as possible. Steam cleaning your carpets will greatly improve its appearance and lifespan.

It Can Eliminate Bacteria, Mildew Spores, Mold and Other Toxins. Hot water can act as a natural sanitizer without the use of chemicals. Studies show that steam cleaning can kill 99% of bacteria present in carpets. The heated application also helps to reduce mites, mildew spores, mold and other toxins.

Anderson Bros. Steamatic is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration (IICRC) and utilizes the steam cleaning method, which the company invented and patented in the 1960s. Call 616.259.4904 or visit www.steamaticab.com to schedule a carpet cleaning today!