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Equipment 101: Carpet Extractors


In this blog, we’re chatting about carpet extractors. You’ll learn all the ways in which you can extract and some additional best practices for pre- and post-cleaning.

Carpet extractors can extend the life of carpet. It helps keep it smelling fresh and looking newly installed. To use a carpet extractor, you will inject cleaning solutions into the fibers via a wand. Then the solution adheres to the dirt and soil. With pressure and suction from the extractor, the soil comes to the surface. The machine then extracts the remaining water, solution and dirt.


Carpets should always be vacuumed before use of the extractor. You should also pre-treat any obvious stains.

Dry extraction

Dry extraction uses a dry solution for soiled areas. The solution works the same, bringing the dirt and debris to the surface. Vacuuming removes any debris.

Dry foam

With dry foam cleaning, a foam detergent is applied to the affected areas. The foam spreads through the carpet. It is then extracted. The foam traps the dirt.

Steam cleaning

Steam cleaning uses different rations of water and cleansing agents. The carpet can be pre-conditioned with a cleaning want applying the solution using high pressure to remove stubborn dirt. The equipment removes the water, solution and dirt.

This is a quick summary of how to use a carpet extractor. It’s an important piece of equipment to keep carpets looking their best. A few last thoughts for post-cleaning:

  • Avoid over wetting – an extractor won’t be able to remove every bit of liquid so use sparingly to avoid mold and mildew problems.
  • Use fans after cleaning to speed the drying process. Carpets won’t be dry for six to 10 hours after cleaning.
  • Immediately empty the waste tank. Don’t allow it to sit to avoid smells and other issues.
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