Dry extraction is the best method
by Frank Holby
(Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
I worked as a part of a team for 14 years using the Host dry extraction system. We followed the following sequence: 1. thoroughly vacuum the carpet 2. While one of us held a lamp to make spotted areas more visible, the other crawled on hands and knees with a sturdy white terrycloth towel and bottles of spot and stain remover and thoroughly eliminated spots or, at least, moistened soiled traffic areas. 3. We then applied the Host cleaning sponges and went to work with the Host machines. 4.After drying (approx. 30 min.), we re-vacuumed the carpet. If additional cleaning was necessary, we would repeat the Hosting. Thoroughly vacuuming with both a quality upright and a canister vac removed almost all of the Host product which never was a reason for complaint from our customers.
We cleaned both commercial and residential carpets and rugs, ranging from the boardroom of Coca Cola to high-end homes in Atlanta's Country Club of the South to carpets that were badly soiled by indoor pets. We enjoyed providing carpet-cleaning services to many loyal customers (and their referrals) through the years.
I should add that I also cleaned the carpeted gym floor of a school for several years using a commercial "steam cleaning" machine. The size of the gym, the number of spills on the carpet, and the excessive cost of using Host made the steam cleaning necessary, and there was never a concern about the legs of furniture rusting or bleeding into the carpet after cleaning; plus, after the cleaning there was always adequate time to allow the gyms HVAC system to thoroughly dry the carpet.