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Carpet Fresh powder

Joe Carter - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Carpet Fresh", "Love My Carpet", or other brands of powders that are designed to "freshen" carpet are the absolute worst thing you can do to your vacuum cleaner. They not only do not freshen your carpet, they destroy the carpet, the vacuum cleaner, and the floor beneath in some cases. These ( so called ) freshener powders are very fine, abrasive, and corrosive, and they also hold moisture which compounds the corrosive issue. They get into all the tiny nooks and crannies of a vacuum cleaner and cause trouble. Because of the nature of this product, it also will clump. Clumping causes the carpet to deteriorate and can hold enough moisture to rot the floor under the carpet. A vacuum cleaner has ball bearings in the brush roll, the power nozzle motor, and the vacuum motor, all which are adversely effected by this fine, abrasive, corrosive particle. It would be equivalent to poring sand into the crank case ( into the oil ) of you car. 

 This is a product that will void the warranty of your vacuum cleaner. Every vacuum manufacturer has that in the small print of the warranty, so beware. 


  The only true way to eliminate odor problems associated with pets or bacterial odors in your vacuum cleaner is to neutralize them with active charcoal. Most of the better brands of vacuum cleaners have active charcoal filters that can be added to eliminate odors. Miele S6, and S8 canisters are certified sealed systems and offer the "Active Air Clean Filter" on their machines that are the very best at odor control. Riccar , Sebo, and Lindhaus also offer active filters. 

 If you have indoor pets you need a vacuum cleaner with a charcoal filter, and most likely a good extractor to keep the carpets clean and the odors to a minimum. 

Dry Cleaning carpet

Joe Carter - Tuesday, November 02, 2010
 Dry cleaning is one of the best choices for cleaning your carpet. Most people are familiar with the extraction method, or as it's commonly called, steam cleaning. It's a good way to get carpets clean, but it does have its drawbacks. When you use the extraction method, you are dispensing hot water and detergent into the carpet, scrubbing it, and vacuuming it back up. While this does a pretty good job on most types of carpet, you do have the hazard of not being able to get all the water back up. If too much moisture remains, the carpet and pad can mildew. Another negative to this method is not being able to walk on the carpet for several hours until it's completely dry. If walked on when wet, it will press the carpet down, and won't stand up correctly after it's dry. The biggest drawback to steam cleaning by far, though, is having to move furniture. You have to clean wall to wall for the carpet to look right after cleaning is completed, so all the furniture has to be moved out of the room. This can be quite inconvenient.
 With dry cleaning, you only have to clean the dirty parts of the carpet. That is typically the traffic lanes. Because the carpet doesn't get saturated, it doesn't change the fabric of the carpet, so you don't have to worry about the carpet not matching the parts under furniture. After all, there's no dirt under the furniture anyway; why should you go to the trouble to move it and clean it?
 There is no wait time with dry cleaning either. You can clean it and walk on it at the same time. It does take 3 or 4 hours usually to completely finish the process of the powder, but while it's on the carpet, doing its thing, it is completely safe to walk on, and pets and children are not in danger, because it's non toxic.
 So, for a simple, affordable, easy way to clean your carpets yourself, come check out the variety of products Viewmont Vacuums offers for dry cleaning.
 We have machines for sale or rental, and we carry Lindhaus, Pure Power; Sebo, Duo powder; and now Riccar, Carpet Keeper products, and we can recommend which one is right for your needs.
 We do also sell, service, and repair all brands of carpet extractors ( steam cleaners ), and can recommend which ones are good choices if you prefer to wet clean.

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