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Dry foam?  The carpet cleaner applies a water based shampoo to your carpet,  allows it to dry and then, without rinsing, sucks the dried shampoo into a vacuum cleaner.  Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum cleaner?  This method leaves dirt and chemical residue in your carpet, which is one reason dry foam is not too effective.

Absorbent pad (also called bonnet cleaning or dry chem)?  This method is similar to dry foam, except that after applying the water-based shampoo, the company sets a large cotton bonnet or pad on your carpet and with a floor polishing buffer machine on top “buffs” the carpet.  The rotating motion causes the bonnet to absorb some of the dirt from your carpet.  Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large cotton towel or mop to rub the dirt out of your carpet.  It’s not very effective.

Dry absorbent powder?  The dry compound method spreads a moist, absorbent powder through the carpet.  The powder is allowed to dry and then sucked into a vacuum.  This method leaves dry sponge particles at the base of the carpet yarn.  And because the carpet is not rinsed, this method is not very effective.

As you can see none of these ‘dry’ systems are actually totally dry.

Hot water extraction:  This is a fancy way of saying that a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into your carpet and then sucked out again carrying the dirt and crud with it.

In a recent Technical Bulletin, Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, “recommends the hot water extraction system, which research indicates provides the best capability for cleaning”.

No question, the most effective way to clean carpeting is with a hot-water unit with some sort of agitation of the pile.  It’s  the only way to rid your carpet of dirt, harmful bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, tobacco residue and dust mites.

Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this isn’t true.  By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water, we clean your carpet completely - in the same way that the person who showers and then rinses off the dirt and soap will be much cleaner than the person who only takes a sponge-bath.

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