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March 05, 6:21 PM [GMT -5]

I always retreat with stainguard after I clean my carpets and that helps as well. Once you clean them the stainguard that comes on the carpet when you purchase it breaks down.

March 04, 4:01 PM [GMT -5]

I am a professional carpet cleaner. All of this advice is very good. All that I would add is that it takes a minimum rinse solution heat of 118 degrees for sanitation. Also, if you have new carpet, that is being cleaned for the first time, do not use a cleaning solution over a 10ph or you risk striping the factory stain protectant right out of the carpet. Ask your professional what ph he would use on your carpet, and why. If he doesn't know, find someone more professional.

Regarding stain guard after market products: They work great on furnature because you can keep off the furnature until the product dries. It's tough to stay off the carpet until it dries completely. The average charge, in my area, is about $.50/sq ft.

January 23, 5:38 PM [GMT -5]

Quick question- most carpet cleaning services offer a chemical protectant or sealer akin to Scotchguard for an extra price- is this a gimmick or does it actually protect the carpet better? If it works, what would be a fair price range for this additional service?


January 21, 9:35 AM [GMT -5]

When you use a rented carpet machine or one that you have purchased yourself, use less amount of the concentrated detergent that it's asking for. The reason I'm telling you to do this is, there will be a residue of soap left in your carpet when your done. It just can't be helped, the machine is not strong enough to extract that out of there. Your traffic lanes will be dirty in about 2 weeks and a film will have built up. I'm not trying to discourage anyone but I've been in Carpet Cleaning for 20 years and time after time we've had to clean up after this and it's hard to get that stuff out of the carpet. The PH is too high. Anyhoo, I just wanted to let you know what you are getting yourself into ... use less soap if you have no other choice.

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