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ICAN/ATEX: Is dry carpet cleaning a viable option?

September 12, 2013

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Why is dry carpet cleaning not discussed more?

It seems to have all the positives no water, no mold, fast and efficient cleaning etc, so why is it not brought to the forefront in this forum?

Thursday’s Answer:

The answer to the first question is that no one has asked specifically about it.

Several interim cleaning methods are discussed by the IICRC S001, including absorbent compounds (“dry” cleaning), bonnet cleaning, dry foam, and others. Hot water extraction using a walk-behind automatic could be viewed as interim cleaning.

All have pluses and minuses. Absorbent compounds are low moisture and reduce drying time, which can be an advantage, but the same may be said of dry foam and bonneting.

However, no water or low water is a plus only until you need to dissolve heavy accumulations of ice melt or detergent residue.

To quickly rinse these out of fiber you need water as a solvent and often a considerable volume of it.

Mold growth is not the natural outcome of water based soil extraction. Low moisture methods other than absorbent compounds abound, and even the potential problems ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN editor

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