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What are the Different Types of Carpet Cleaners?

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Carpets and rugs are a standard feature in many residential dwellings. Whether individuals rent or own their own abode, one of the main questions about carpeting is how to care for it. There are many different methods of cleaning a carpet, depending on the size of the rug, the material and how soiled the material is. Because of these variables, there are a number of options available to those seeking carpet cleaners.

One of the most common types of carpet cleaners is the steam cleaner. A steam cleaner utilizes a combination of hot water and cleaning solution to emit tiny steam particles onto the rug. Brushes and hose attachments loosen dirt and remove soiled particles from the rug. Sometimes known as a steamvac, there are many moderately priced models of this cleaner for sale, although many individuals prefer to rent one only as needed.

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Carpet shampoo is another widely utilized option. In this process, carpet shampoo is applied to the rug and, either by hand or machine, scrubbed to remove dirt particles from the fiber of the carpet. There are many varieties of carpet shampoo on the market, from ecologically sound types, standard rug cleaners or special formulas made to specifically target mold, mildew, pet odors and more. Generally, carpet shampoos do not need to be vacuumed up or removed after scrubbing and drying overnight, but each brand differs slightly in directions, and it's always recommended to follow the instructions for a specific product to get the best results.

Another standard option in the world of carpet is to hire a professional carpet cleaner. Professional carpet cleaners may use any of the methods above, or may use technologies available only to them. Carpet cleaning companies may use special techniques developed by professionals, which may have advantages such as a quick drying time, fewer chemicals or a cleaner carpet. Despite the added cost, some people prefer the option of hiring professional carpet cleaners due to time or physical constraints.

Ecologically sound methods that were common generations ago are being rediscovered. The increasing demand for "green" products as well as a call for frugality have driven many individuals to create their own cleaning solutions from common household products. Vinegar and baking soda are common ingredients in homemade ecologically safe formulas. While it isn't verified whether these methods are completely ecologically safe, or even effective, homemade cleaning products are just one of the many carpet cleaners people may choose to utilize.

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anon154730
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I read your article and found some interesting information about carpet cleaners. it will be very useful for me. I'll share this with my friends. thanks for sharing it with us.

anon96670
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Rug cleaning products recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency as safer for human health and the environment include: HAZfree Carpet Machine Concentrate,HAZfree Carpet Spot and Stain Remover,HAZfree Odor and Mildew Remover,HAZfree Pet Stain and Stain Remover,Mohawk Industries "Mohawk Floor Care Essentials" Carpet Stain Remover, and Weiman Products "Perfect Planet" Carpet Cleaner.

Check for yourself by looking up EPA DFE floor care.

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