I would like to hear about your personal experiences and opinions about
Cleaning home carpets
* Commercial cleaners
* Truck mounted?
* Machine in home, not connected to truck?
* National chain?
* Local outfit?
* Rental machines
* Grocery Store?
* Tool Rental?
* Home Improvement Store Rental?
* Materials used?
* Machine type
* No Brush?
* Other Comments?
* Special Problems?
Two data points for you:
1. I've had good luck with commerical (truck-mounted)
services. The small number of times I've used them,
the contractor has been personally recommended to
me. That's probably why my experiences were positive.
I'm sure there are lots of flakes in that game.
2. I also own and use from time to time a Hoover carpet
cleaner with brushes. It works fairly well. Not as
well as the professional services. It also gets very
tedious if you're cleaning a large area.
A few general observations about carpet cleaning:
* Don't do it too frequently.
* Only use contractors (and machines) for which you
have seriously positive references.
* Don't expect it to remove stains. It will remove dirt
(and lots of it). But it won't make stains go away.
Spot treatment may or may not work. But if you've
had a stain for a while and are hoping a cleaning will
zap it, you're likely to be disappointed.
* ABOVE ALL, do NOT allow anything or anyone to walk
on the cleaned carpet until it is TOTALLY dry.
Wait as long as you possibly can before allowing
any traffic. Walking on still-damp carpet will
result in a disaster. Be patient!
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Even after the best cleaning, there will be dirt and
dust deep down at the base of the pile. If you walk
on a cleaned carpet while it's still damp, you'll
wick that crap up to the surface. When the carpet
does eventually dry, you'll have dirty footprints
all over the carpet.
Actually, I must confess that I have not personally
conducted this particular experiment -- my goal was
to get the carpet clean! However, every professional
cleaner I've used has urged my vehemently to follow
this rule for the reasons I've given above!
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
On Fri, 9 Nov 2007 13:35:03 -0500, "Joseph Meehan"
My best experience was having/meeting a local referral from a real
estate agent. Agents often need them for jobs when getting a house
ready for market. The guy was formally a carpet installer for many
years and due to health (knee and back pain); he starting cleaning
carpet. He did not advertise - only referral (word of mouth).
Avoid _Three rooms for $49.00_. Scams and add on cost at the last
I rented Rug Doctor twice and bought their chemicals (how they make
the money); with excellent results.
Pet stains like urine or vomit use a diluted water and vinegar
solution (color test in non-conspicuous place). This kills the odor.
You really never get soap out of carpet, imo.
A careless worker marring your walls with long hoses.
"I wouldn't even be here if my support group hadn't beaten me up."
I'd add one item to the other posters' comments. As a teen in a long-ago
world, I worked for a carpet cleaning outfit (franchise) called Steamatic.
They were as good an outfit as any, and their cleaning premise was one that
is still popular today; shoot hot steamy water with emulsifying agents into
the carpet and seconds later suck it out with strong suction. The device
they used was like a big vacuum cleaner with the steam jets on one side of
the head, the vacuum on the other.
This approach avoids shooting soaps into the carpet as well.
Soaps/detergents and such have their place to break down certain soiling
agents, but they also are impossible to thoroughly remove from the carpet.
Over several cleanings with soaps, the accumulation of residue in the carpet
fiber and base starts to attract dirt, and the nasty cycle starts.
Shampooing carpets was a serious no-no for professional carpet cleaners in
those times. Perhaps the rental machines and technology has improved to
make it a good option nowadays, but for my $.02 I'd still go with a steam
injection/suction method. One caveat being watch the temps of the steam
with a true wool carpet.
It looks like the post I made never made it, so I won't retype all my
glowing review of "procyon" carpet cleaner. I can't find the company
web site, but here is a link that I think at least explains what makes
it unique (you can dig deeper if interested):
What I have been using for the past few years is a DIY cleaner made by
Bissell. At the time I bought it, there were three models available. I got
the middle one, about $100 at Walmart. I also use the Bissell cleaning
The upside: It is always here. It can be used any time there is a spill or
whatever before the spill has a chance to dry. I can do one room at a time
if desired and not knock myself out trying to do 3 bedrooms, LR, DR, family
room and den the same day and having to move all the furniture around all
while trying to get done so I can take a rental back.
It does not leave a residue that attracts dirt. I have seen that happen
elsewhere. It does a reasonably good job of drying as you pick up.
The carpet should be spot cleaned first. I use Spot-Shot on the
recommendation of a carpet installer who did worked on my preious house.
There is no need to wiat for someone to come with their pro rig.
The only downside: Something else to store.
Just my experiences, but the Rug Doctor rental unit works okay - just
don't expect miracles and DONT let too much water out into the rugs.
Stanley Steemer works better, but costs more...obviously. I was
actually expecting more from SS, and some stains did come back several
weeks after their visit, but I guess my expectations were pretty
high. Next time I think I'll probably buy a $150 steam cleaner and
do it myself, trying various soaps/solvents as recommended here and
elsewhere on Google.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 10 Nov 2007 in group alt.home.repair:
Just throwing in some trivia:
The last time I had my carpets cleaned professionally, the tech had a
spray bottle of stuff that he used on stubborn spots his wand wouldn't
remove. It really did a good job. I asked what it was, knowing he's say it
was some commercial cleaner, but hoping anyway.
It was paint thinner.
Don't use much, only put it on the wet carpet, and suck it up immediately.
If you use too much, it makes a noticibly cleaner spot. It also might
remove the dye in some carpets.
I was once in the office of a carpet cleaner company when they got a
phone call from someone saying that whatever they used was too strong and
had damaged their rug.
The owner called the truck driver right then to make sure he had not done
something on his own. The only thing on those trucks was Ivory Snow. He
did not take any chances on damaging customer's carpet.
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