This is a simple question that deserves a simple answer: NO, the popular “dry” or “carbonated” bonnet-buffing process is not better or safer for your carpets, nor does it leave fewer residues. These are marketing claims that in fact had substantial credibility in the mid ’70s, when this process was introduced. At that time, steam cleaning had just come out of its infancy, and was in the process of being perfected. Shampooing carpets, as had been performed for many years prior to the 1970′s, was the real culprit of disaster, leaving carpets far too wet and loaded with soap residue. It’s easy to see why shampooing has long since been discarded as an option for carpet maintenance.
Today’s advanced steam cleaning extraction equipment, cleaning agents, and high-heat processes now clean more thoroughly and deeply with very short and safe dry times (overnight) and leave less residue than any other carpet cleaning process. A good stream cleaning will leave your carpets cleaner and your home healthier.