Several of my rugs have dirt areas (in front on favaorite chairs)
I was thinking of getting one of those whole house clean services for
Should I use dry or wet (stanley steamer),
I have a bissell scrubber, but was thinking the services might do a
better first job.
Oh, worried about chemicals since my one year old daughter is still
You might just rent a hot water extractor and go without any chemicals. The
hot water and suction action takes care of most of the dirt, and won't leave
behind any residue to either hurt your child or to trap dirt in the future.
A pro can do a better job than any home machine. The chemicals are fairly
benign, but I'd keep the one year old off the floor for at least a day
anyway. IMO, the wet chemicals are probably better than residue left behind
by dry chemicals. Check with the service anyway to be sure of what they are
Here is info on the Rug Doctor. Keep in mind, this for the full concentrate
and it will be diluted in use.
Good advice. I was in the office of a rug cleaning company when they
fielded a call from someone who claimed the stuff they used damaged their
carpet. As it turns out, the only thing they have on their trucks was Ivory
Flakes. That's about as mild as it gets. Of course not all companies use
the same product and even with just Ivory Flakes, I agree with your
The instructions apply to the full concentrate. You probably use bleach in
some of your laundry with no harm, but you'd not want to spill the full
strength on your hands. The same would apply to most any cleaning solution.
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