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Old 06-04-2013, 01:07 AM   #15
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:11 AM   #16
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:02 AM   #17
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I would highly recommend that you find your local ChemDry franchise and buy a can of World Famous Spot Remover and a can of World Famous Spot Remover ( Grease and Oil) If your carpets need a good cleaning ask Chem Dry to clean them. There is no dirt attracting residue in the ChemDry process/products, and they are certified GREEN. Yes I am a ChemDry franchise and when I had carpet in my coach that is all I cleaned with. You will have fresher carpets.

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:24 AM   #18
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I will second rvbunz, cleaning carpet using water is not healthy for it and levies residue that attracts dirt. Yes you can do it and considering the small area and high traffic just replacing it periodically...
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I swear by baby wipes. Not the ones for sensitive skin, but the regular ones. My girlfriend showed me this trick. Get any spot up. I can't believe they're gentle enough for baby's bottoms.
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X3 on the ChemDry.
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Hard to beat professional cleanings especially Stanley Steemer
I am admittedly biased (see user name )

No carpet manufacturer recommends capture or dry methods.
Hot water extraction (steam) cleaning is the recommended method.
Many carpet manufacturer warranties require periodic steam cleaning in order for warranty to remain valid.

Using a portable steam unit when used correctly can provide acceptable results.
The key is to:

Do not use to much soap concentrate (more is not better)and thoroughly rinse soap solution out of the carpet.
failure to do so Will leave a residue and attract resoiling.

Do not over wet. Use lots of dry strokes and if possible create air movement
(fans or open windows) across carpet to dry it quickly.
Do not run slides in over wet/damp carpet.
This could result in a mildew growth problem.

Be sure not to place anything on carpet until it is completely dry.
Metal legs will leave rust stains and varnished/stainedwood can leave permanent marks.

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Since some carpet yarns are heat set, is it possible to get the yarn too hot when steam cleaning ?
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:31 PM   #22
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I use a Bissell 2x Pro on my carpet and I use a small amount of Dawn instead of carpet shampoo. I have had the carpet cleaner for about 4 years and I keep it clean and follow the recommended servicing. I have never had a problem with it and the dawn is amazing. Just my $.02
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Rug doctor is inexpensive and always works well for us. You can rent them all over. Use whatever cleaning solution you like.
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About 70% of carpets are made of nylon,and the are glued to rthe backing. The post about hot water extraction is correct, however when I recommended ChemDry I think people think it is a dry process. It is not, it is called Hot Carbonated Extraction. Where as your traditional hot water extraction (Steam Cleaning) usins a significant amount of water along with the cleaning product, they inject at a high pressure, which usally penatrates the backing ofthe carpet and gets the pad and subfloor wet. Takes longer to dry and generall spots reappear. The ChemDry process injects millions of carbonated bubble into the carpet at low pressure, thus not getting the pad or subfloor wet. Generally dries in less than two hours. No dirt attracting residue left behind so carpets will stay cleaner longer. The rug doctor generally leaves a dirt attracting residue. Ad I said I am a ChemDry owner and have been trained not only in the ChemDry proces, but also in the traditional steam cleaning side.

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I use a Bissell 2x Pro on my carpet and I use a small amount of Dawn instead of carpet shampoo. I have had the carpet cleaner for about 4 years and I keep it clean and follow the recommended servicing. I have never had a problem with it and the dawn is amazing. Just my $.02

What do you consider "small amount"?
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Reading posts about carpet cleaning brings a question to mind...since many motor homes are semi-cheaply made (I include my Gulfstream), using, I assume, plywood for floor that carpet and/or tile is attached, doesn't the steam/water cause a warping and/or damage to the plywood? Perhaps the dampness dries quickly willout cause for alarm.

I know the floor of my atrium slide appears to be no more than a piece of .75-1" plywood so the damage thought bothered me, would certainly like to have carpet cleaned so find thread interesting.
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Has anyone tried spraying the carpet with 3M scotch guard after cleaning? I've done it to furniture and works great. Spill wine and it will stay on top to be dabbed up with a dry cloth.
Seems like that would help as carpet always seems to get dirty easier after a cleaning.
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What do you consider "small amount"?
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I put about 1/4 to 3/8 inch of dawn measured at the lowest point of the shampoo holder and fill the remainder with water. Gently shake and put water in slowly so it doesn't foam. It doesn't take much and works great. Thats a lot cheaper than buying a rug shampoo.
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