What every homeowner should know about carpeting

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Common over-the-counter carpet cleaning solutions that will void your warranty!  (Part 2 of 3)

Recently, I was in a 6,500+ sqft home where a contractor was doing a complete remodel.  Almost every room was undergoing some form of major transformation; drywall was missing in the majority of the house and no toilets were usable.  I couldn’t even tell which room was the kitchen because nothing was distinguishable.  I just kept thinking, “The homeowner has already made a lot of decisions and still needs to pick out flooring, paint colors (type, texture & finish), plumbing fixtures (type, style and color), along with many, many other decisions.

Sometimes, I look forward to the moments where I can just sit down, veg out, and not make any decisions.  So, when I go to Target on Saturday afternoon to pick up a carpet cleaning product to clean up my daughter’s ketchup covered hot dog spot on our off-white carpet, I want it to be easy.  At that moment, I have no desire to spend time figuring out which products are approved by the carpet manufacture’ for cleaning the ketchup off my carpeting.  This should be easy, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not easy.  I am completely surprised at how few carpet cleaning products a homeowner can buy that will not void their warranty.

So, I took a trip to my neighborhood hardware store “that is the place for me” and looked at the available products.

First, if you are less experienced in floor care, remember the cleaning pie chart mentioned in a previous article, and be properly prepared for the work to remove the spill.

Second, as I stated in part 1 of this article, we know that almost all of the carpet manufacturers require cleaning solutions that are CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) approved.


With this knowledge in hand, we set out to see what common products can be used on carpeting so the warranty on the carpets remain intact.

This is the image to look for–The Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval

  Product #1–ResolveTM:  Probably one of the most popular products on the market.  After looking at every side of the bottle, I could not find the CRI seal of approval.

Product #2–Rug Doctor Oxy Steam Carpet CleanerTM:  Often purchased with a machine rental.  The CRI seal approval is nowhere to be found and is missing on the machine as well.

   Product #3–Ace Hardware Premium Carpet Cleaner:  Finally a product that is CRI approved.

 Product #4–Woolite Heavy Traffic:  Often used as a spot cleaner and is not CRI approved.  In addition, this product can clean well, but can leave a residue that causes the carpeting to re-soil quickly.  

    Product #5–Capture Spot Treatment:  This product is also CRI approved and does a good job at spot treatment because it doesn’t leave a residue.  It does utilize a dry cleaning process.

Product #6–Host Dry Carpet Cleaner:  Another dry carpet cleaner product, but does not have the CRI seal of approval.  Although, they do rent equipment that has the CRI seal of approval.

There are many other very popular products in the carpet cleaning market, but few are approved for use on carpeting.  The Carpet & Rug Institute website contains an abundance of information to help with approved cleaning solutions.If you would like to read the carpet manufacturers warranty documents, you can find the links below with the care and maintenance portions highlighted for your convenience.Mohawk
MaslandFor additional information about Bluegreen’s steps and processes for cleaning, please visit our website.Next week, we will discuss household carpet cleaning equipment and carpet cleaning company processes that don’t protect the carpet warranty.


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