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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2011

We want to clean our carpet. What is the best cleaner to use?

My husband wants to clean the carpet with ammonia. Is this safe for humans and carpet and is it effective?

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Ammonia may be used to spot clean carpet. It is not recommended for use when cleaning a large area or entire room. It does not provide the proper chemistry to break down and suspend various soil types for extraction. Used with too potent a dilution ammonia can damage carpet fibers sufficiently that all stain resiliency is lost. A damaged carpet will resoil faster and hold stains that would otherwise be removabe.

If needed, about two tablespoons of ammonia per cup of water will remove many spots from carpet. Wearing gloves, dab a white, clean towel into the solution and then use the towel to dab at spots. Do not scrub. It does not take much to fray carpet fibers. Even if the spot is removed frayed carpet fibers look just as bad and are permanent.

Of course, extreme care should be maintained so that even diluted ammonia does not come into contact with oxidizers such as bleach. This will create harmful gas that can cause injury or death.

As a professional cleaner and business owner I strongly recommend that you call a pro. It will probably not cost as much as you think and a real pro will have the right equipment and products to tackle any job without having to use harsh chemicals like ammonia. If you have any questions or would like tips on how to choose a good cleaner you may find my contact information by clicking here. There is also a handy spot guide there designed for homeowners. The spot guide explains how to remove many common stains yourself using products you already have in the home.

Answered 8 years ago by Accuclean


Folex, sold in Many stores- grocery, department stores, Smart & Final... etc.

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