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Tried & Tested:


Host Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning System


TOMORROW’S CLEANING EDITOR, CHARLOTTE TAYLOR, UNDERTAKES A SPECIAL TRIED & TESTED IN HONOUR OF CARPET CARE.


As a homeowner, and something of a clean freak, I can’t stand to see unsightly stains on my carpets (unfortunately, being the owner of a rather cheeky dog can have its downsides!). As with all things, carpets wear over time; experiencing their fair share of spills and stains. In short, there isn’t much you can do to prevent it. However, having a regular cleaning regime in place can make a huge difference.


When it comes to carpet care, there are numerous methods to choose from. Much like the Hand Dryer vs. Paper Towel debate, wet extraction and dry extraction each stand in opposing corners of the ring in this stand-off.


I have to say, I had yet to come across a dry extraction system. Until recently, that is, when I received an invite to test the Host Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning System for myself.


Arriving at the Bowdon Sports Club, South Manchester, where the test was to be carried out, we were met with a rather tired looking, eight year-old carpet in a room that is regularly used for kids’ clubs, yoga and the local theatre


club. Luckily we were met by the Host Managing Director, Mike Egerton, who was ready to show us how effective dry extraction really is.


Taping off a sample area, I began the three- step process to achieving a clean carpet with the Host Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning System:


•Vacuum – Did you know that around 80-90% soil in any carpet is dry? It's either dry loose particulate or dry particulate that is adhering to carpet fibres. It's important that these dry loose particles are vacuumed up, using the north-south, east-west method, and the "adherent" particles are freed and can be vacuumed up. The Host System’s 5.25 inch diameter brushes are designed to penetrate right to the carpet backing and disturb soil that has dropped down to the backing. The dry soil is then removed by the vacuum.


•Apply Host Sponges – The remaining soil is "sticky" and is adhering to the carpet by an oily chemical bond and that's where the


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Host Cleaner comes in. The key is in the name – Host Sponges work just like a sponge would, dissolving and absorbing dirt and liquid. They are a soft, organic material - safe for humans and animals alike. This natural product is treated and then loaded with a very controlled amount of water, detergent and solvent. This low-moisture method holds and controls the cleaning liquids so dissolved dirt doesn’t run into carpet backing. Mike recommends applying a handful of sponges to a small area at a time and spread this using the brushing option. This product is completely biodegradable, so much so that Mike pops the remnants onto his compost heap at home when he’s done!


•Vacuum - Once you are satisfied that the Host Sponges are evenly spread and have been brushed satisfactorily into the area, you need to vacuum up any residue, using your chosen Host machine.


And that, dear readers, is all there is to it! I understand that actions speak louder than words so, if you haven’t already, make sure you view our Tried & Tested video to find out more and to see the result for yourselves.


If you would like more information on the Host Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning System, visit: www.hostvonschrader.co.uk


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