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What’s the Best Way to Clean Carpet?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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Q: What’s the best way to clean carpet?

A truck mounted hot water extraction system, also known as steam cleaning, is probably the best way to clean carpet. As I wrote about earlier, most major carpet producers require regular extraction cleaning if you want to keep your carpet warranties in effect.

The vacuums in these units are so strong that over 90 percent of the water (and the suspended soils) is removed during cleaning. Some cleaners use a drying agent in the rinse water and high-speed carpet fans to increase drying times. When carpets dry quickly, there is less chance that (more…)

Carpet Care: Why Professional Carpet Cleaning Is Important

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Most carpet warranties today require a cleaning every 12 to 24 months in order to keep the warranty in effect. This is no different from a car manufacturer requiring you to change the oil every so many miles or so many months. Some warranties specify the type of cleaning, too. Most mills require professional hot-water extraction cleaning. If you put in a claim, you must show your cleaning receipt.

Professional cleaners will have chemicals and equipment that are not available to the average homeowner. They will also have specialized training and a lot of experience dealing with different types of soiled carpeting. And the results are usually a lot better than doing it yourself. Sure, there are a lot of horror stories about this cleaner who soaked a carpet so badly that it was wet for three days, or that cleaner who left so much residue in the carpet that it was dirty again in three weeks. But these stories are like the evening news. You only hear about the bad stuff. The good stuff seldom makes the news. Carpet cleaners are like everyone else. Most are good. Some are truly excellent at their craft. Using a professional cleaner to help maintain your expensive carpeting is just plain smart. (more…)

Carpet Cleaners: Best Spot Cleaners for Carpet

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I am often asked for recommendations on the best spot cleaners for carpet. The Carpet and Rug Institute has tested commercially available carpet spotting solutions and listed the safe ones on its website. You will find Spot Cleaners listed under Seal of Approval Products. So, if you’re shopping for a spot cleaner that has received a professional stamp of approval, this is your best resource.

Did You Know? You also have the compound needed to remove water-based spots right in your tap—that’s right, water! Plain water usually removes water-based spots such as soda, milk, and juice. The synthetic stain- resistant fibers will release most colors. It’s the sugar that causes spots to reappear after you’ve cleaned up the obvious spill. Sugar is sticky and attracts dirt. So you have to safely clean the sugar out of the carpet fiber.
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