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Question DetailsAsked on 11/1/2013

what is the best way to clean carpet

do u clean with steam,or chemicals, vinegar, what

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The most thorough and best way to clean carpet is with the two-step Restoration Extraction method. This method can be employed by a homeowner with a bit of effort and a trip to the equipment rental store.

Restoration Extraction involves the rotary scrubbing of the carpet with a floor machine (with carpet brush attached) using just enough water and chemical to keep the brush wet. The chemical should be an encapsulating detergent that is soap free, but a regular carpet shampoo can be used if this is not available. Hot tap water should be used for application of the cleaner, whether through the machine or as a prespray.

After allowing the chemical to sit for a few minutes on the carpet, a hot water extraction rinse with a portable extractor should be done, using a low-pH all fiber rinse. In leu of this, plain water may be used.

This method will outperform just about any professional company's system. There are very few professionals who use Restoration Extraction because there is so much time and labor involved, and it is slower than truck mount steam cleaning. However, there are a few. My company uses this method, albeit with more powerful equipment and much more advanced chemicals. However, even the cleaning described above will do a marvelous job. Trust me, I make my living by it.

Answered 6 years ago by JustFacts

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