Carpet Cleaning Myth: It’s bad for carpets to get wet. Fact: This is true if you’re referring to a water damage or intrusion. However, if you’re using it as a reason not to have your carpet professionally cleaned, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most carpet manufacturers require annual professional cleanings using hot water extraction (most often referred to as “steam cleaning”) to maintain the carpet warranty. Unlike dry cleaning and other cleaning methods that just clean the surface of the carpet, steam cleaning is effective at removing odor causing bacteria, spots, and other unwanted things from your carpet while leaving them virtually residue-free (which is safer for your family and pets).