Traditional steam carpet-cleaning uses heated water mixed with soaps, detergents and toxic chemicals that are injected into the carpet under pressure, which soak your carpets, pads and backing. Even though much of the soap, dirt and water are removed, a considerable portion of this mixture remains embedded in your carpet. As the carpet dries, this detergent attaches to the carpet fibers and literally acts as a magnet for dirt and other substances.
Wall-to-wall carpeting can simultaneously be wonderfully cozy and comforting and a complete headache. Yes, it feels soft and warm on bare feet in the winter, your kids love to wallow on it, and your dog appreciates that he can sit on it without slowly sliding backwards, but those rewards require a lot of diligent maintenance. And even with diligent maintenance, problems lurk deep within the fibers.
While there are several carpet cleaning options out there, hot water extraction, truck-mounted systems are by far the most thorough carpet cleaners available. Most carpet manufacturers advise using hot water extraction as the best cleaning method for their product. Not to be confused with steam cleaning, hot water extraction removes stains and soil more effectively and, unlike steam-cleaning, rinses away the detergent residue. (Leaving the re