MUKILTEO, WA — Whether you have been in the business of cleaning carpets for many years or are brand new, it is not hard to run into strongly stated opinions about carpet cleaning chemistry that may sound correct, but when really investigated turn out to be off a little bit or even flat wrong, according to a press release.

Some misconceptions simply are reinforced by a simple lack of the correct information being available, while others are based upon what was the best information available at the time, but we know better now, the release stated.

Still others are just perpetuated because they too often go unchallenged, the release noted.

According to the release, some of the most commonly held misconceptions about carpet cleaning chemistry include:

  • Misconception #1: More does better
  • Misconception #2: Cheaper is better — not understanding dilution rates in calculating the cost of chemicals
  • Misconception #3: You must use "Stain resist compatible" chemistry only, on warranted nylon carpets
  • Misconception #4: Where is pH measured? Concentrated or ready-to-use pH.
  • Misconception #5: No residue, low residue. Good residue, bad residue (Sounds like a Dr. Seuss Book)
  • Misconception #6: Acid rinsing or fresh water rinsing leaves the least amount of residue in carpet after cleaning
  • Misconception #7: Wool carpet is delicate and requires extreme caution to clean.

Each session in this series will focus on the misconception, show how it could lead to some confusion, and then provide a simpler solution that can make carpet cleaning easier and more effective, the release noted.

The series will start on November 15, 2013, and will be posted on the HydraMaster Facebook page, the release added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.