3 Simple Steps to Choose the Right Carpet Cleaning Product

By | July 27, 2015

3 Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Carpet Cleaning Product

There are 42,347,982 carpet-cleaning products on the market.

Okay, I made that number up. But, it certainly feels like there are that many carpet cleaning products out there, doesn’t it?

If you’ve ever walked into a distributor’s store or perused a website for carpet cleaning products, you’ve probably been shocked by the ridiculous amount of products that do exactly the same thing.

Sure, the manufacturers of these products might break into deep chemistry to explain why their specific product is better, but the truth is that most pre-sprays or extraction detergents are very similar.

That’s why we often get this question from our customers:

“Which carpet cleaning product is better”?

The easy answer is that every product is ultimately going to do what you need it to do. However, there are a handful of things to look at when choosing between carpet cleaning products.

How to Choose a Carpet Cleaning Product

1. Look at the dilution ratio.

The first, and most important thing to look at when choosing a carpet cleaning product is the dilution ratio. The published price of a product is rarely equal to the true cost of a product.

For example, let’s say that PreSpray Option A costs $10 a gallon and has an 8-to-1 dilution ratio. On the other hand, PreSpray Option B costs $25 a gallon and has a 32-to-1 dilution ratio.

Looking simply at the published price, PreSpray Option A looks like the easy choice.

However, when you look at the dilution ratio, PreSpray Option A has a ready-to-use cost of $1.25 per gallon while PreSpray Option B has a ready-to-use cost is $0.78. That’s a 38% savings per gallon for a product you use on every job.

PreSpray Option A

Pre-Spray Option B

$10 per gallon $25 per gallon
8-to-1 dilution ratio 32-to-1 dilution ratio
$1.25 cost per gallon $0.78 cost per gallon

That’s a big savings! Taking the time to do a little math can make a huge difference for your business costs.

2. Check out the product manufacturer.

Once you’ve found a product with an ideal dilution ratio, look at who makes the cleaning product.

You want to make sure that you are purchasing a product from a reputable company. After all, you don’t want to purchase a concoction that was made in someone’s garage!

Here are some questions to ask as you are reviewing products:

  • Does it have the support of a large corporation behind the brand?
  • Can you find the needed legal documents for the product, such as MSD sheets? Or does the “chemist” you’re speaking to on the phone not know what MSDS means?

The big chemical manufacturers, like Chemical Technologies, Newline Industries and HydraMaster, have been successfully manufacturing cleaning solutions for years, and that is ultimately a positive thing.

3.Look at the pH of the solution.

The last major thing to pay attention to is the pH of the solution.

Although a 13 pH pre-spray cleans a restaurant carpet incredibly well, that’s not something you would want to use on Mrs. Jones’ wool carpet.

While pH restrictions from the carpet mills are ultimately too strict, it’s still critically important to pay attention to pH and type of fiber when applying cleaning solutions.

Buy carpet-cleaning products with confidence

Once you’ve determined these three things, additional features like the fragrance and color of the product simply come down to personal preference.

As long as you’ve nailed down the three most important point of your cleaning solution, the question of “Which product is better?” becomes rather easy to answer.

What questions do you have about buying carpet cleaning products? What else do you look for?