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    Shampooing Carpet

    I went ahead and ordered some odor remover http://www.rx4carpets.com/odorcide210.html
    and I'm going to do the carpet this week once it arrives. I plan on power-washing the floor mats to get all the sand out, then throwing them into the washing machine with some good soap. The drier, naturally to dry them will follow. I have a professional extractor to use (thank you rental business going out of business, lol) that my dad bought for $150.00, and I need some suggestions on what soap to use. After I do the carpeting, I'm going to put the odorcide 210 down, and go from there. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas that might make this easier or more well done?

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    Re: Shampooing Carpet

    what is "power washing"?

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    Re: Shampooing Carpet

    pressure wash im guessing

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    Re: Shampooing Carpet

    You may find this surprising, but in all the years (too many to count) that I have rented those professional steam extractors, I have only used good old dependable Mr. Clean as the detergent. The soaps and "enhancers: and "sparkling cleaners" that they try and sell you at the same place you rent the equipment are all oil based ie; they actually ATTRACT dirt after the carpets have dried.

    But not Mr. Clean. All you're left with is a nice clean smell - and boy, does it ever do the job!! In a pinch, I've also used any product with Oxy in it - for the same, straight detergent result. I've used this on indoor carpets, indoor/outdoor carpets, car upholstery, car carpets, floor mats, you name it.

    Just make sure it gets a chance to be good and dry before you walk on it again.

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    Re: Shampooing Carpet

    Windex is another fairly decent product for breaking down oils. But I wouldn't use it on dark colors or something that might not be color-fast. I'll try Mr. Clean next time. That carpet shampoo gets expensive.

    My recollection is that Cadillac floor mats have a rubber backing. I wouldn't suggest putting that in a clothes dryer. I'd blot them dry with towels, then put them in the sun on asphalt, checking them every 30-60 minutes.

    But maybe yours aren't that old.

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    Re: Shampooing Carpet

    Re; the rubber-backed floor mats, after they've had the extraction process, I just go back over them with the handheld wand, using the vacuum ONLY, no soap - it does a fairly decent job of sucking any errant liquid back up into the machine and the drying time becomes a bit of a non-issue after that.

    I know that you are SUPPOSED to do that final step (go back with vac, NO soap) after each pass with the wand, but in the interests of speeding things up and if it is a nice, warm day, I'll just leave the windows rolled down and let nature dry everything for me. Love that freshly cleaned scent after an extraction!!!

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    Re: Shampooing Carpet

    Quote Originally Posted by Frost
    But not Mr. Clean. All you're left with is a nice clean smell - and boy, does it ever do the job!! In a pinch, I've also used any product with Oxy in it - for the same, straight detergent result. I've used this on indoor carpets, indoor/outdoor carpets, car upholstery, car carpets, floor mats, you name it.

    Just make sure it gets a chance to be good and dry before you walk on it again.
    I just used the armor all carpet cleaner with oxy and it did a great job on getting out the dirt stains that shampooing wouldnt even remove.

    Just sprayed, let it sit about 4 minutes and wiped.
    Carpet looks almost like new again.
    I got to use a whole bottle to do all the acessible carpet space in the car.
    Later

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    Re: Shampooing Carpet

    I just shampooed the Seville on Sunday. I have a Bissell Little Green Clean Machine that I use. I bought it about 10 years ago, and it does a sweet job. Just mix the solution, put it in the machine, spray solution on the carpet, scrub the carpet, vacuum out the dirt. Very easy, and very quick. It took me about an hour. The carpets look like new.

    Don

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    Re: Shampooing Carpet

    Make sure you use fabric rinse (available at a janitorial supply store) it will neutralize the cleaners so you don't get mold and bacteria in the carpet. gary

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