SafeMama Review: Chem Dry carpet cleaners

By Kristie Turck •  Published 01/21/09 •  3 min read

Last updated on January 30th, 2009 at 01:14 pm

chemdryWe’ve gotten a TON of requests from our readers regarding safer professional carpet cleaning.   I’ve been searching, and actually did find a company that a friend used in California, but they’re a limited franchise, and I was unable to find them anywhere else.  Great if you live in the bay area, not really great if you live on the other side of the country.  My searches came up pretty empty for anything else that might be an option

Since our carpets were new, I put it aside for a little while.  And then I became pregnant.  And then my already heavy shedding dog started to shed 4 times as much as he originally shed.  I began to come unglued.   So I started to search again, and found ChemDry.   ChemDry uses a water based carbonated solution that brings dirt to the surface, once the dirt has risen, they use a giant professional buffer to basically take the dirt away.

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical.  How are you going to deeply clean my carpet, when you’re essentially using club soda and a giant floor buffer?

But I have to say, I am really REALLY impressed.  As I mentioned, my old stinky lab has been shedding more than ever.  I had made a point to vacuum beforehand, however, the good folks at ChemDry showed up an hour early.   I was pretty mortified as my stairs, once a lovely light beige, were now nearly entirely black with dog hair.  They told me not to worry about it, and brushed my staircase and rugs before cleaning.   The cleaning got rid of probably 98% of the dog hair and the few stains that we did have are gone.

There’s no chemical smell whatsovever (since they don’t use chemicals) and because they’re not saturating your carpet, everything dries very quickly.  They came at noon and my carpet is already dry.  And it looks fantastic (although, I’m sure it helps that our carpets are only a little over a year old).   They do have other services, and the representative did tell me that they have a sanitizer as well, but he didn’t recommend it for people who were more into green cleaning.    I personally don’t feel as if my carpets are any less clean not having gone with this option.    Also, they were relatively inexpensive.  for two bedrooms, a hallway, staircase, and a family room, all pretty large rooms, it only cost us about $180.  That’s much cheaper than other commercial carpet cleaners that use harsh chemicals.

Where to find them: ChemDry has more than 2500 locations around the U.S.  To find the one closest to you, use their location finder.