In certain circles, carpets get a bad rap. They get stained, and cleaning them seems to only make them dirtier. They can smell. Some people even believe they aggravate allergies. These perceptions may explain why hard floors are often the surface of choice today.
The truth is, carpet is a fundamentally good surface. But carpet is extremely difficult to clean and problems can arise with improper care.
“Carpets are the most misunderstood thing in the country,” says Dan Mannix, divisional manager for CDC Products Corp., Long Island, N.Y. “Everybody has a fairly similar opinion on how to clean tile floors. But if you ask 20 people how to clean a carpet, you’ll get 21 different answers.”
For decades, chemical developers ignored carpets. The cleaning products that were available were often confusing and ineffective. History is finally changing. In recent years, there have been many innovset of cleaners, so all degreasers are cleaners but not all cleaners are degreasers.