what carpet cleaning methods work

I previously used a rented wet "steam" cleaner to clean our carpets. I have heard that there can be mold issues because of the time it takes to dry and also the soap that is left behind tends to attract more dirt.
I noticed the stores are now selling carpet "dry cleaning" products. They are a granular product that you brush into the pile, let dry and vacuum with "capture" http://www.captureclean.com/capture seeming to be the most readily available. I previously tried Resolve which is a similar "dry cleaning" product for spot cleaning and wasn't impressed.
So what does everyone prefer for carpet cleaning?
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George wrote:

Removal and replacement with decent floor covering and area rugs. IMHO carpet is crap. Perhaps some limited use of berber. IMHO hardwood, tile, stone, and even laminate are superior to rag/rug in every aspect.
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G Henslee wrote:

I don't disagree. A good portion of our living space has tile on the floors but the carpeted areas need to be maintained.
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Not every aspect. Softness, for walking, standing and sitting or laying on is also a consideration. So also are the thermal characteristics. You may not mind a bare foot on a cold tile, but I prefer carpet underfoot.
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That is why we have area rugs in a couple of places. We still have carpet in much of hte house, but someday that will change.
If I'm sitting in a char for some length of time, I want a carpe under my feet. I rarely wear shoes in the house so it is an issue. Not a big deal to wall through a room, but for extended contact. carpe is nice.
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Ed, were you half asleep when you typed this :-)
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Abe wrote:

One can never have enough mint julip...
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I recently used Woolite carpet cleaner on a couple of big stains. It worked pretty well and was easy to use.
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FWIW, Capture has worked well for us on our bedroom wall-to-wall and the area rugs in the rest of the house. Some stains require repeated treatment. We found Resolve and Woolite spot treatments did not work well.
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I use "unbelievable" and let soak for 10mins...
then use a "hoover steam clean" mines purple.. runs about $300US..
I've had much luck with it..
Joe
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I have an older model of Hoover steam clean machine. I usually shampoo carpet and then rinse it off with white vinegar mixed with water. I am in FL where mold can be a problem so I try not to saturate the carpet. Have fans I use to help dry fast.
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If you have a lot of carpeted areas, you can buy a Hoover steam vac for about $ 150. Works very well and you can just pull it out of the closet whenever you need it.
For a smaller area you can rent the Rug Doctor or similar products at supermarkets. Just like the Hoover, it has rotating/vibrating brushes.
The key to success is to use a minimum of detergent for the first run. Then do at least one more pass with lots of clear, warm water. Do this until the rinse water is clear. Then make one more pass without water, sucking the carpet dry. This is the only way to keep your carpet from attracting soil again.
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For spots, I used something called "GONE". It comes in a spray can and it's incredible. It'll remove anything. I have only found it at one store, though--a vacuum cleaner store.
I just bought a bissell carpet cleaner. It was only about $180. I was AMAZED at how well it worked. The carpet I cleaned with it looks new. It also does upholstery, although I haven't used it yet for that. I used to call Stanley Steemer. I used to swear by them and recommend them to everyone. But now I swear by my bissell. It pays for itself in no time!
Lesley
P.S. I am not all that fond of carpet either, but I just bought this house and can't afford to do all of the rooms in hardwood yet, so I'm putting down carpet in 2 rooms and hardwooding a long hallway, entry way and the dining room. The upstairs is all hardwood except my bedroom which has carpet. It's in great condition and a pretty nice color, so I think I'll leave well enough alone there. . .but I do prefer hardwood.
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