SOURCE: A well-known independent consumer testing agency.
Everyone seems to be in the carpet cleaning business today with many different methods of cleaning. With the help of a nation-wide consumer testing institute, I have evaluated the different cleaning methods so that you, the consumer, can decide which is best for your purposes.
(#1 being the best, thru to #12 being the worst)
The results of these comprehensive tests show that Circular Dry Foam did a superior job over all the other processes
1. CIRCULAR DRY FOAM SYSTEM
The best cleaning found by a nation-wide consumer testing institute by far was the Circular dry foam system. “Our research shows that the CIRCULAR DRY FOAM SYSTEM with separate initial & finish vacuuming really removes the dirt & keeps the carpet looking better for longer.” The CIRCULAR DRY FOAM SYSTEM had a very high level of soil removal (92.3 %) with little to no soap residue. It doesn’t involve harmful toxic chemicals that are oily or sticky. Carpets re-soiled in 12 to 15 months with the average @ 13 months. Drying time was not even close @ 6 to 8 hours with the average @ 7 hours & our research showed no soaking thru to the backing of the carpet even on braided rugs therefore causing no carpet damage at all (really recommended for people with allergies & people everywhere. The method of the 21st century. Real STATE OF THE ART.
2. CARBONATED CLEANING
The carbonated cleaning found in such companies as Chem-Dry, had a lower percentage of soil removal than the above mentioned ( 77.7 % ) & the carpets weren’t soaked thru to the padding (as in methods # 5 thru # 11 ) causing rippling (little lumps in the carpet ) or other forms of carpet damage such as faded coloring, separation of carpet from backing by hot water being shot thru @ high speed or padding deterioration. Even the floors underneath showed no sign of mold or mildew fungus. Carpets re-soiled in average of 9 months.
3. FINE MIST EXTRACTION
Fine mist extraction is on the rise. Soil removal was averaged @ (67.4 % ) Carpets re-soiled in 8 months average .Drying time was averaged @ 1 to 2 days mostly 1 & ½ days.
4. DRY-FOAM EXTRACTION
The dry-foam extraction showed a lower percentage of soil removal, (47.1 %) Carpets re-soiled in 6 months. Drying time was poor @ 2 to 3 days with the average being 2 & ½ days.
5. SHAMPOO & STEAM
The combination of shampoo & steam had a lower percentage of soil removal, than either the fine mist or dry-foam extraction @ (34.2 %) & caused the carpets to re-soil extremely fast in 1 to 2 months. Drying time was also bad at 2 to 7 days with the average being 3 & ¾ days
6. HOT WATER EXTRACTION
Hot water extraction is the most common of today’s cleaning methods yet only ranks 6th on a scale of 1 to 12 methods researched. Soil removal averaged (28.7 %) Carpets re-soiled in 6 to 7 months. Drying time was averaged @ 7 to 12 days being poor in that category causing extensive carpet & padding deterioration & actually separating the carpet from the pad causing rippling of the carpet as well as the padding to dissolve. Floors were also reported to be soaked & warped, in many cases taking the finish off the hard wood floors, mold & mildew were found contributing to indoor pollution (not recommended to people with even the slightest of allergies.)
7. ROTARY BRUSH
Removed a lower percentage of soil than the above (21.9 %) the detergent residue was high as well, causing the carpets to re-soil in 3 to 5 months. Drying time was 1 to 4 days with the average being 2 days.
Nationwide Consumer Testing found that the steam cleaning method, which is misnamed because they don’t use steam, did only surface cleaning. The hot water detergent solution that shot into the carpet nap forced the loose dirt deep into the carpet causing mud & only removed (15.6 %) of the initial soil. The high amount of detergent residue remaining in the carpet caused it to re-soil in 2 to 3 months. Drying time was between 1 to 4 days with the average being 2 & ½ days. This method is very unsanitary, as the same water is used all day.
9. RETAIL STEAMERS
These did such a lousy job we discontinued testing them. People reported numerous carpet damages. (Reported to be a lot of work & so not worth it)
10. RETAIL SHAMPOOERS
These did just as bad as the retail steamers & we discontinued our testing on these products.
11. STEAM & RINSE RENTAL
Nationwide Consumer testing found that the steam & rinse machines for rent @ retail outlets could actually make your carpets dirtier than when you started. Nobody cleans them properly & as a result you can share in someone’s germs & ticks. If the last home had say, fleas? You are almost certain in being the recipient. Sounds like fun! ( very unsanitary )
12 AEROSOL SPRAY CANS
Aerosol spray can were ineffective @ cleaning large areas, & also had a poor level of soil removal on Carpet spots. They re-soiled in average of 1 month. (Use caution as you could bleach out the color on some carpets with certain products) Only for spot cleaning !