How long should a carpet take to dry after hot water extraction cleaning?

On an industry bulletin board or Facebook Forum, this topic can bring out thoughts, arguments, excuses, defense mechanisms and more like no other. How important is how long the carpet takes to dry to the residential or commercial carpet cleaning customer? One only has to look at the fact that there are at least 6 different carpet cleaning methods, most of which were developed for the primary purpose of making the carpet look better and to reduce drying times. Secondly, entire franchises and cleaning systems have been developed around the principle that their method or system dries faster than the other carpet cleaner in town method or system does. So what is the answer?

How long should a carpet take to dry. The answer may not be the one you were looking for – it depends.

“It depends – what kind of answer is that?” Glad you asked.

How long a carpet takes to dry after cleaning is related to the cleaning method used, the application of that method, the chemistry used to clean the carpet,the equipment used, the type and construction of the carpet, the type and degree of soiling, and carpet owner considerations. Even more importantly, drying time is always directly related the ventilation and airflow in the building or home during and after cleaning. The humidity of the indoor and out door environment are also extremely crucial considerations

Let’s start with a basic principle that is often overlooked. All things being relatively equal between one professionally trained and truckmount equipped carpet cleaner and the next, I would propose the number one consideration in drying time is the carpet owner themselves. Why are they getting their carpet cleaned? Do they want it just to look better or do they want it healthier? How often do they get it cleaned? What are their expectations? Quite simply, the owner of an extremely soiled carpet that is not professionally cleaned on a regular basis has some high expectations about how clean you can get the carpet and how much better they want it to look after you clean it. Because of that, you may use more chemicals and more “wet” passes to get it clean than you would normally. That will virtually always extend the drying time. If the most important part of your job is clean carpet and appearance improvement, then drying times may be extended.

Let me put this in a way I think you can relate to – if drying time is an extremely important consideration for your customer, the number one thing they can do is to have their carpet cleaned more often! Carpets cleaned on a regular basis will always take less time to dry, regardless of all of the other contributors.

The second way the carpet owner is the number one reason on how long a carpet takes to dry is whether they allow the drying time reductions you have set up to operate. This can include ventilation and airflow through the area, open windows, and keeping the airmovers you set up pointing in the right direction and running. If you clean a commercial building late at night and minutes after you leave (or even while you are there) everything is shut up and the ventilation or air conditioning system shuts off, the moisture can’t evaporate and drying times will be extended.

So what can you contribute to reducing drying times?
1) Select the right truckmounted equipment and use it whenever possible. Make sure the solution pressure and water flow rates are balanced by the vacuum recovery capabilities of the truckmounted unit. If the job dictates the use of a portable extractor, the same principles of balanced solution flow and vacuum recovery apply.
2) Airflow – Most cleaners have experienced the benefits of using 2″ vacuum hose as far into the home or building as they can and the use of a 2″ wand instead of a 1.5″ wand. The science behind these ideas tells us they should reduce drying times.
3) Heat – The use of hotter water as you extract increases evaporation rates and reduces drying times
4) Choose the right prespray - select a prespray that matches the soiling conditions of the carpet and the construction of the carpet. One of the reasons why CleanMaster and other chemical companies offer so many choices is because of this principle.
5) Wand selection – The use of laminar flow and slotted glide scrub wands like the Evolution wand has been demonstrated to reduce drying times versus a conventional scrub wand. On extremely soiled carpet, the use of a RX-20 Rotary Jet Extractor will greatly reduce your drying time as compared to a scrub wand.
6) Accelerate the drying process – after you have cleaned a room, set up centrifugal (snail style), axial, or directed flow airmovers across the carpet to speed up evaporation rates and reduce drying times. According to Dr. Michael Berry’s Book – Cleaning for Health, Protecting the Built Environment, using an air mover across the carpet after cleaning has another benefit. Ventilation and airflow are important in releasing trapped gases and aerosols from the soil suspended during the cleaning process.
7) To prevent wicking of soils and reduce drying time on some carpets after hot water extraction cleaning, you can run a dry bonnet across the carpet

Top 10 Reasons to have a FreshWater Tank on Board Your Truck

What advantages does having a freshwater tank provide to your carpet cleaning and restoration operations?


Now more than ever, we recognize that room in your van is at a premium. With so many cleaners and restorers diversifying into hard surface cleaning, rug cleaning, water damage restoration and more, the need to haul more equipment and customer belongings is greater than ever. So when examining whether to make the extra investment required to mount a fresh water tank or hose reel/freshwater tank combination in your van, finding the right mix of how to use your space for greatest benefit is very important.

We asked a group of experienced professional carpet cleaners who had made te decision to start carrying freshwater with them, what the most important benefits they discovered that led them to that decision. Here is a summary of their top 10 reasons:
10) No stumbling around in gardens and behind thorny bushes trying to find a hose hook-up
9) On commercial jobs, you won’t spend 45 minutes looking for a water hose hook-up only to find out you don’t have the right adapter
8) You can ensure that your freshwater comes from a clean, consistent source
7) One less hose to have to run
6) Easier and faster set-up, quicker and more efficient tear down on every job
5) Completely self-contained operation
4) Reduce job cancellations on sites where water access is locked up or water has been turned off.
3) Make sure you have water available on restoration jobs where availability might be in question
2) Water rationing in drought stricken areas may require it (as you are allowed to use water when your customers usage may be extremely limited)
1) Choosing the right kind of tank means you don’t have to take up any floor space in the van that your truckmount is already not taking up.

Here are just some of the choices you have with HydraMaster:
70 gal Sub-Mount Tank – Fresh Water Supply

110 gal. over-the-wheelwell poly tank

125 gal. HydraCradle Tank

85 gal. Roto-Molded R-M Tank

120 gal. Horizontal Tank

Why you still want to use a Urine Pretreatment on virtually every pet urine job

Deodorizing treatments for pet urine contamination have come a long way in our industry. There was a time when cleaners used some strong solvent based deodorizer and hoped the incredibly sad-dogpowered fragrance would overwhelm the atmosphere. Today, there are many different effective treatments in your arsenal – enzyme/bacterial deodorants, encapsulating and bonding deodorizers such as CleanMaster Multi-Phase, Oxidizing treatments such as CleanMaster USR with Multi-Phase, and various other solvent and water based deodorizers. Chances are, you already have picked out a favorite or two that you use consistently.

We know that urine contamination is a “quadruple threat.” It needs to be neutralized, deodorized, and sanitized. Plus, we need to get out the stain that may have resulted either from the color of the urine “re-dyeing” the carpet or the resulting alkaline salts attacking the dye structure of the carpet.Urine contamination is not only an odor issue but a staining issue and a health / contamination issue.The client who appreciates all four of these problems is willing to spend more for proper corrective action. You already know that customer education is an effective sales tool.

So with all this new chemical treatment technology, can’t you just skip the urine pretreatment step and go right into using your tried and true favorite deodorizer and/or stain remover? The answer is yes, and no. If you have been on enough jobs with a lot of urine contamination, you have already encountered the sticky, almost greasy feeling mess that often accompanies a build-up of pet urine. upsYou may or may not know that lipids are oily cholesterol in the urine.Repeated use of the same spot by the dog or cat will result in an oily build-up that prevents water based solutions from penetrating.The carpet will feel sticky or oily. The fact is, if you are fortunate, your enzyme deodorant may include lipase enzymes which are designed to digest the lipid build-up. However, it will usually take hours for that to take effect and be complete. Your favorite “cide” type encapsulating deodorizer does not contain any ingredient which will dissolve or break down these oily lipids. Neither does your oxidizing treatment. Your $25-$80 per gallon deodorizing treatment is going to have trouble penetrating this build-up of lipids in the carpet. It is going to have to work extra hard to try and do its job. A specially formulated urine pre-treatment like CleanMaster UPS is designed to neutralize the resulting alkaline salts in urine contamination. More importantly, it is formulated to break through and dissolve the sticky, oily mess that is keeping your deodorizer from working faster. Using a urine pretreatment will virtually always greatly speed up the treatment process of your other favorite treatment chemical. A 2-3 minute  application of CleanMaster UPS will save you time, decontaminate the area, and reduce the amount of expensive deodorizer you have to apply. It will virtually ALWAYS save you time and save you money.

Not every acid spotting solution works effectively as a urine pretreatment. A great Urine pretreatment like CleanMaster UPS  is a special synergistic blend of acid neutralizers, detergents, odor counteractants, and decontamination deodorizers for use as a urine contamination neutralizer and to dissolve and break down the oily, sticky lipids. It will effectively dissolve and dislodge alkaline salt residues that build up in urine deposits and neutralize sticky and gummy  lipids and contamination.

Cleaning the “New” Softer Carpets

By:          Doyle Bloss, Marketing and Brand Manager, HydraMaster   Rick Evans, West Coast Regional Manager, HydraMaster

With the assistance of Charles Rollins and Darrell Hagan, Shaw Industries – Product Care and Maintenance

What are these “softer” carpets?

They are incredibly thin denier (thickness) cut-pile and loop carpets presented in a plush, high pile density format. They range in ounce size from 50-100 ounce (apartment grade carpet is generally 20-28 ounce). They are typically designed for high-end residential settings. However, some hospitality companies are considering for using in high end hotel rooms.

The formats for the carpets differ from carpet mill to carpet mill. Shaw Industries product is identified as Caress®, made of type 6 nylon. Invista manufactures StainMaster® Trusoft® which is made of type 6,6 nylon. Mohawk’s Smartstrand® is made of PTT polyester fiber. Beaulieu sells Bliss SoftSense® which is also made from Polyester.

They are relatively new product offering with Shaw introducing Caress in January of 2013. However, they are gaining market share in the carpet market rapidly. Many old-time carpet cleaners believe this is because they have finally identified and marketed one of the main reasons why people buy carpet – softness. The ads for these carpets reflect this, showing happy families with their pets playing, laying, rolling, and jumping on their new soft carpet. When you get a chance to visit a retail showroom and feel this carpet for the first time, the softness of the fiber strikes you instantly. With many of these carpets now being installed for over a year, your chances of having to clean one increase daily.

Difficulty in Vacuuming

This softer carpet provides obvious benefits to the homeowner, particularly one who enjoys the floor(s) of the room it is installed in. However, just as your hands and toes sink into the thick soft pile, so does the cleaning head of your typical vacuum cleaner. More power just means more fiber getting sucked into the head reducing or stopping airflow through the vacuum. This makes vacuuming more difficult to do.

The carpet manufacturers themselves have even a bigger concern than vacuuming taking longer. They are even concerned about texture damage to the ends of the thin carpet fibers themselves. In fact many of the same vacuums they have recommended in the past (such as those that have passed the CRI Seal of Approval Program for Vacuums – ) they do not recommend for these softer carpets. For example, Shaw Industries now does specific testing of vacuums for use on Caress carpet, and they approve and recommend a specific group of vacuums  –

Here is an update on Shaw Industries research on vacuums from Darrell Hagan – the Manager of Product Care and Maintenance:

 “Vacuums work best when the brush roll is turned on vacuuming this soft carpet.  I believe the key is airflow, as you mentioned.  One thing in common with some of the vacuums is the plate underneath the vacuum head has slots which allow air to flow underneath the vacuum to keep it from sealing off on the carpet.  Also, vacuums are being modified to have pressure relief valves to reduce suction which allows the vacuum to move across the carpet.  The difference in the soft carpet vs. traditional carpet is that suction isn’t the key, we believe it is the agitation of the brush roll that is key to cleaning the soft yarn carpets.”

Potential Issues Related to Professional Carpet Cleaning

While the evaluation of issues that vacuums might have with this softer carpet pile can teach us some things related to how various carpet cleaning wands and agitation methods might work or not work on this type of carpet; this conjecture was not enough to satisfy the Product Care and Maintenance folks at Shaw Industries. Recently, Charlie Rollins and Darrell Hagan for Shaw Product Care and Maintenance flew to HydraMaster headquarters in Mukilteo, Washington to do some testing on the interaction of various cleaning tools (specifically hot water extraction wands and power wands) with this softer carpet. I had been in contact with Charlie and Darrell asking them questions about this, and with HydraMaster being one of the leading innovators and developers in carpet cleaning wand technology; it only made sense to start their testing here. Specifically, Shaw and HydraMaster wanted to look at three areas for evaluation:

  1. The use of Rotary Jet Extraction on these types of carpets with the RX-20.
  2. The Evolution Wand – how did the built in molded glides assist or restrict cleaning of these carpet fibers and what were the differences between a 1.5” wand and a 2” wand.
  3. Was there chemistry which stood out in performance to assist cleaning these carpets, specifically in the area of presprays used as a lubricating application to make the wand easier to move across the carpet?

Specifically, the testing team was looking to see the effects that cleaning these types of carpets with existing technology in truckmounted equipment and cleaning wands might result in changes in:

  • Productivity
  • Texture Change/Damage
  • Drying Time
  • Spots and Stains
  • Any Specific Tool Related Issues

 The Testing

  • 60, 70 and 100 ounce cut pile Shaw Caress carpets were used in the testing.

Picture of carpets

  • A HydraMaster Boxxer XL Truckmount was used. We were cleaning 150 feet from the truck, with the solution temperature at the wand constantly being monitored with an in-line pressure and temperature measuring device. Temperature settings on the machine were purposely varied from 180-245°F.

Boxxer xl

  • The first thing we tested were HydraMaster’s sister company, Advance Commercial Vacuums, leading models and how they performed on vacuuming the carpets.

Advance vacuum

  • We tested with various types of conventional scrub wands

Conventional scrub wand

  • We tested cleaning with both 1.5” and 2” versions of the Evolution Wand with molded glides

Evolution wand

  • Finally, we tested with the RX-20 Rotary Jet Extractor


Results and Findings

Overall, the results of our testing alleviated or reduced any fears or misgivings about the “cleanability” of these carpets. We found the carpets overall to be very responsive to vacuuming, cleaning, and spot and stain removal. Certainly one of the reasons for this is the high quality of the carpets themselves. A 60, 70, or 100 ounce carpet does not come inexpensively. I will tell you after completing the tests, everyone at HydraMaster involved in the testing were ready to go home and put this carpet down in their living rooms. The luxurious feel of these carpets can simply not be denied. We can see why these carpets are gaining market share fast.


We did find that one of the things we anticipated held true. Certified and trained professional carpet cleaners have long known that plush cut pile carpets virtually always requires some specific care considerations. As with all plush, cut pile style carpeting, special attention must be given to monitoring the potential for scrub wand jet streaking.

Wand marks 2Wand marks 1

Variables include

  • Type and number of jets on the wand
  • Proximity of the jets to the carpet pile
  • Angle of jets to the carpet pile
  • Wear on the orifices of the jets themselves – make sure you replace your jets at regular intervals recommended by your wand manufacturer. If the orifice becomes too large, this can contribute to jet streaking.
  • Temperature of solution being produced at the wand jet tip
  • Taking a dry stroke or pass only
  • Post cleaning grooming


Productivity Best Practices

General cleaning considerations

These practices were developed after repeated tests to see how to increase cleaning speed, avoid any agitation/texture change related issues, and a very important item considering the plushness of these carpets – reducing drying times. Can you clean these carpets safely and effectively with “normal” cleaning procedures? The answer is yes. These procedures are designed to speed up the process without compromising quality cleaning.

  • Carpet grooming with Grandi-Groomer is highly recommended after cleaning (faster and more effective than grooming brush)
  • Carpet density mandates using airmovers post cleaning to reduce drying times

Using Cleaning Wands

  • 2” scrub wands are very difficult to move across a 100 ounce carpet connected to a truckmount.
  • Dry strokes (vacuum only wand passes) are absolutely necessary
  • Use of the Evolution wand reduced drying times in comparison to conventional wands.
  • Glided wands will be an absolute must! Slotting in the glide is important too.
  • A Continuous overlapping wet pass, followed by continuous overlapping dry pass cleaned the fastest, worked best, and dried the fastest

Using Rotary Extraction Tools Such As the RX-20 Rotary Jet Extraction® Tool

  • The RX20 worked extremely well on 60 and 70 ounce carpets. Use on a 100 ounce carpet required a great deal of strength and stamina. See chemical prespray directions below, as the use of a lubricating prespray helped considerably.
  • Swirl “marks” groomed out right away and are not a concern
  • There was no visible physical texture change from rotary action. Even at abuse level (no water lubrication) there was no pile texture damage visible. (Of course, we did this to measure “worse case scenario,” you should never operate any rotary extraction tool without water or prespray).
  • The use of a rotary extraction tool is highly recommended for productivity and reduced drying times on 60 and 70 ounce carpets.

Cleaning Solution Consideration

The use of a high quality carpet prespray is a must when cleaning these types of carpets. The prespray helps to lubricate the carpet so that the scrub wand or rotary extraction wand flows more smoothly across the carpet. As a general rule, detergent free or soap free formulas such as CleanMaster HydraFREE DFC will not provide the level of lubrication you want on these soft carpets. Since these carpets are made of either nylon or polyester, you can use most of your favorite carpet presprays. However, we had great results cleaning our test samples after soiling built up with CleanMaster Fast Break HD and CleanMaster PolyBreak as presprays. We also found that if you wanted to use an alkaline extraction rinse, HydraClean worked extremely well. If you prefer an acid neutralizing rinse, our studies showed that a solution which does have detergency in it, like CleanMaster ClearWater Rinse worked extremely well.

From a spot and stain removal point of view, the high quality of these carpets means that they are more likely to resist staining from common spills than an apartment grade nylon or polyester carpet. When a staining material such as children’s fruit drinks was applied, it usually extracted out during cleaning. When we purposefully tried to stain the carpet, and agitated the spilled material down into the carpet and waited 48 hours before treatment began, we had excellent results removing stains with CleanMaster RedBreak 1 or CleanMaster KnockOut 1, depending upon the composition of the staining material. At no time, other than with mustard was acceleration with heat from a steam iron or wallpaper steamer necessary. That certainly does not mean these carpets are “stain-proof,” and we know your customer’s children will answer the call to eventually provide a more difficult stain, but based upon the limited testing we did on these types of carpets, they certainly responded well to spot and stain removal treatments. We also found that using a sub-surface spotting extraction tool, such as a Water Claw® or FlashXtractor®, on larger liquid spills helped reduce any chances of spilled materials wicking to the surface of the carpet pile later.

One final thought and finding related to spot and stain removal – due to the plush nature of the carpet pile, if grease and oil spilled contaminants were rubbed into the carpet, or “ground-in” with foot traffic, it was important to agitate solvent spotters and gels into the affected area to increase speed and efficiency at removal. We believe this same principle would hold true if these carpets are subjected to long term high levels of oil based soiling and traffic; i.e., that using the right prespray, and mechanical agitation such as using a Counter Rotating Brush (CRB) will be necessary to increase cleaning speed and effectiveness, especially with those made of polyester carpet fiber.

So what is A Professional Carpet Cleaner to Do?

The good news is you are already likely equipped with all of the tools and chemistry needed to effectively clean this carpet. More importantly though, you may need to slow down and approach these carpets with a kinder, gentler set of procedures. You may have to clean them with a little more thought and observation as to how the cleaning tools are going across the carpet and what kind of texture change is occurring from your cleaning tools. Without a doubt, drying time is going to be extended if these carpets are allowed to reach an unacceptable soiling level. You can get them clean, but it will take more wet passes. The manufacturers of these carpets recommend cleaning every 12-24 month basis with hot water extraction cleaning. Some require this as a provision of their texture retention or stain resistant warranty. Educate your customers to this fact so that their cleaning frequency does not allow the carpet to become extremely soiled. This will allow them to get the full benefit of these soft, plush, and luxurious carpets. Then everyone is happy.

Asphalt Oil Tracking and Carpet Cleaning

Brand New Commercial Carpet + Freshly Treated Asphalt Parking Lot Outside = Bad Combination.

HydraMaster Quake HD + HydraMaster HydraBoost CT= Good combination

 asphalt parking lot


You have probably seen it without even realizing what the problem was. Yellow or dingy traffic lanes on glue down commercial carpet that has not been installed that long. One of the most common problems facing commercial buildings that adjoin asphalt parking lots when it comes to commercial carpet maintenance is asphalt oil tracking. The worst tracking occurs when the parking lot has a special coating of oil applied. Before it completely dries, people are walking across the parking lot picking up oil and soil and pebbles on the bottom of their shoes. Even if walk-off mats are installed, some of the soiling eventually gets walked on or tracked on to the carpet. Even if the parking lot is not coated, in especially hot weather, oils usually weep out of the asphalt, causing the same problem. These oils that get tracked onto the carpet become oxidized and turn the carpet yellow or dingy.


The professional cleaner often comes up with his super powered truckmount, expecting that they can clean anything. They throw their favorite prespray at it, and still the yellow or dingy look is obvious even after cleaning.


The answer lies in the right combination of cleaning chemistry, aggressive agitation, and hot cleaning solution temperature. Even the most powerful grease and oil cutting prespray like HydraMaster Quake HD needs help with oxidized oil build-up on carpeting. To remove the oxidized oils, simply mix up HydraMaster Quake HD according to directions, and add two ounces of HydraBoost CT to each gallon of mixed traffic lane cleaner. Apply the prespray/booster combo as hot as you can, preferably though an in-line injection sprayer. Agitate it in, preferably with a counter-rotating cylindrical brush machine. If you do not have a machine like that, use your carpet groomer or brush to agitate the mixture in. Allow 3 to 5 minutes of dwell time. For best results, extract with a HydraMaster truckmount with 220 degree water solution temperature utilizing an HydraMaster RX-20 Rotary Jet Extractor. If you don’t have an RX-20, then take an extra wet and extra dry stroke across the carpet.


The ingredients in HydraBoost CT will almost work like magic in combination with your prespray to break down and strip off of the carpet the oxidized oil build-up from the asphalt oils.

Truckmount Maintenance Tips for the Summer Heat – Keep it Cool!

With the unusually high temperatures in summer months ahead, remember that your machine needs to stay cool also. The extreme heat may cause you to consider things that might not be an issue in cooler weather.

 Here are some quick tips on doing just that –

  • Keep all doors side and rear “fully” open – un do the 90 degree stop point  – open them up to 130 degrees if you have barn doors – bungee them open in case of wind gusts. You need cross flow air ventilation throughout the van
  • Check your air filters more frequently – as they help your machines engine run cooler – keep them clean and oil up to the full mark on fluids, change oils as recommended in manual.
  • Check all liquid cooled engines antifreeze with a Hydrometer to see were protection level is at in regards to overheating. Always change, flush coolant in the system, if warranted by this information.
  • Always keep area around the machine free of accessories and clutter. We recommend an 8” to 12” area remain clear around the machine to relieve congestion.
  • Clean Those Radiator Fins! – Before it gets too hot is a good time to check the front of your radiator on your liquid cooled engine truckmounts, and be sure the fins are clear and free of any debris. Over time – dirt, insects, leaves, etc. can get pulled into the radiator fins and prevent the proper air flow through the radiator. This can cause your engine to overheat. This external radiator cleaning should be done every year, and more often in very dusty environments.
  • Check the mounting on your fuel pump. After working with several customers on slide in machines that were suffering from dying when hot, it was found that many had one similar problem, the mounting of the fuel pump.  They had the fuel pump mounted horizontally, inlet on one side, outlet on the other.  The correct mounting of the fuel pump is vertically, with the inlet on the bottom and the outlet on the top.  If the pump is mounted incorrectly it can overheat and cause the fuel to vaporize and enter the fuel line going to the carburetor and cause the engine to die.  It is also good to remember to mount the fuel pump as close to the fuel tap as possible because the pumps push fuel better than they pull.
  • What engine oil is correct for the summer months? As the seasons change and the weather gets hotter, a common question asked is “What oil should I use and how often does it need to be changed?
    • For 16 to 31 HP Air Cooled Vanguard Engines, Briggs and Stratton recommends the oil change intervals at.
      • Break in – New engine 8 hours – with filter
      • After Break-in: every 50 hours – with a filter
      • 5W-30 Synthetic, Mobile 1
      • Recommended oil above 32° = 30 W motor oil
      • Recommended oil below32º = 10-30W motor oil
    • Kubota and Daihatsu 3 Cylinder 700G, 950G Engines (Gas)
      • Break in – New engine 25 hours – with filter
      • After Break-in: every 100 hours – with a filter
      • 5-W-30 Synthetic, Mobile 1
      • Recommended oil above 32 º = 30W motor oil
      • Recommended oil above 32º= 10 -30 W motor oil
    • GM1.6 Vortec 16000
      • 10-30W High quality NON –Synthetic oil
      • Break in – New Engine 25 hours with filter
      • After Break-in: every 100 hours – with a filter 


Ten Benefits of Carpet: More Reasons to Enjoy Carpets in Homes and Offices

More than 20 years ago, I wrote an article that highlighted the benefits of carpeting installed in a residential environment. Recent developments in studies about how carpet actually improves the health of the indoor environment only re-confirm the value of a carpeted indoor environment.

Here is a quick review of those benefits:

  • Appearance: Carpeting adds to the décor by using color, patterns, and pile heights.  The carpeting can create the image you want in your home or business.
  • Style: With the hundreds of patterns, cuts, and colors, there are literally thousands of possibilities to “fulfill” the style statement.
  • Insulation: Carpet can help save energy as it is an important contributor to the insulation of the indoor environment.  Carpet insulates floors as it provides a psychological feeling of warmth.
  • Feel: Try curling up in front of the fireplace on a hard surface floor.  Carpet feels good, soft, and easier on the feet.  It also gives a “softer” feel to the home.
  • Acoustics: Several studies find that carpets absorb sound and carpets with padding further enhance this ability
  • Safety: Invariably, slip-and-fall accidents occur on hard surface floors, not carpeted floors.
  • Cost savings: According to the IICRC, carpet usually costs less over time than hard surface flooring to purchase, clean, and maintain.* 
  • Health: Carpet traps allergens, dust, and other contaminants, holding them until they can be properly removed.
  • Easier to maintain: Carpeting is less labor intensive to clean and maintain than many types of hard surface floors and, because of this and as mentioned, can cost less to maintain as well.
  • Sustainable: New technologies have been introduced allowing carpet to be recycled into new carpet or other products; according to one manufacturer’s study, of 121 million pounds of worn carpet collected, about 85 percent was recycled into new carpet, eliminating the need for acquiring raw materials.

* A 2003 Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification study found that, on an annual basis, hard surface floors require two and one-half times more cleaning time than carpet, and cleaning supplies were about seven times more expensive for vinyl floors than for carpeted floors. While upfront purchase and installation costs are more expensive for carpet than hard flooring, carpet expenditures prove to be more cost-effective over the full life of the product.




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