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Shampooing VS Steam Cleaning

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I have been asked many times if I shampoo or steam clean carpets. I have been telling clients that they are one in the same but I feel I'm very wrong. I tell them that I apply a "shampoo" aka pre-spray bla bla bla then "steam clean".

How do you explain the difference between shampooing carpet and steam cleaning carpet?

I was posting Q/A for a new page on my website and ran into this problem.
 

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Shampooing is what people did back in the 60's & 70's before truckmounts were widely available. You put down a high foam shampoo and scrubbed it in with a rotary and used a shop vac to extract. No rinsing as far as I know (I could be wrong here). Once the carpet was dry a couple days later it had to be vacuumed really good.

Encapsulation of today is a descendant of the old shampoo method.

And then of course steam cleaning is HWE.

Lots of consumers being un-educated often times still use the term "shampoo" in regards to having their carpets cleaned.
 
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Shampooing is what people did back in the 60's & 70's before truckmounts were widely available. You put down a high foam shampoo and scrubbed it in with a rotary and used a shop vac to extract. No rinsing as far as I know (I could be wrong here). Once the carpet was dry a couple days later it had to be vacuumed really good.

Encapsulation of today is a descendant of the old shampoo method.

And then of course steam cleaning is HWE.

Lots of consumers being un-educated often times still use the term "shampoo" in regards to having their carpets cleaned.
Nope they didnt rinse it. Your right. I remember those shampoo machines at my grandparents house. had 2 spinning brushes on the bottom and a tank. So, many older people still call it that. Term is even past down to some younger folks. it just sounds so good. They relate it to shampooing hair I guess.
 

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I still tell peeps shampoo is like wasking your hair and not rinsing the shampoo out , so 1970s .
 
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