anyone out there have first hand experience with the chem-dry system?
They are running specials in my area same or less then the steam
cleaners - ~$150/800sqft. Their systems would seem to do better since
they use a buffer like machine with brushes that agitate the carpet and
they use less water which means not as much left behind, supposedly.
anyway, would like to hear from you if you have used this method and how
clean it really got your carpet.
When this outfit started about 10yrs ago it was great but something changed.
My guess is that the original chem was outlawed and they had to resort to
the run-of-the-mill stuff available. I stopped using them too.
My mother used them one time just before a party to do her whole house because
of a discount coupon.
All of her light blue carpets turned grayish.
And she could still vacuum up a lot of dirt after they finished.
She called her regular carpet shampooer and they got more than normal the
amount of dirt and residue out of her carpets.
The insurance adjuster from the Chem-Dry company tried telling her the carpets
were their natural aged color and did not follow up on the claim.
I don't know for sure if it was Chem-Dry that my aunt used, but it was a
steamless, shampooless carpet cleaning company that she used too and all
of her carpets with a dark red in them turned dark pink.
However, Chem-Dry is no longer using the same chemicals they once used, I
think they were banned and they switched to something else.
Nonetheless, nobody I know ever used them again.
Because of the quick recovery, I've tried to give X-dry methods the
benefit of the doubt. When it comes to issues like thoroughness,
re-soiling and so forth, there are very few success stories.
A decade back, I was able to buy a small (10 gallon) one-piece
professional carpet extractor--a Power Eagle 1016. It was a demonstrator
with five jets and a horizontal, rotary brush. This is one of the best
investments I've ever made. I now have a 20-foot "hide-a-hose", a wand
for stairs and a wand for upholstery and drapes. I can clean the cloth
upholstery in my old truck, and it looks as good as new!
Warning: once you've had the opportunity to use professional equipment,
you're spoiled. The Rug Doctor-type equipment will seem like a horrible,
weak and exasperating device.
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