Rotary Shampoo


Rotary shampooing is one of the oldest methods of cleaning carpet on location. In recent years, it has received undue criticism from promoters of steam extraction cleaning. Rotary shampooing, when used properly is in fact a very effective system for cleaning carpet. Rotary shampooing utilizes a 175 RPM rotary floor machine equipped with a solution tank and shower feed brush. After thorough vacuuming, the carpet is scrubbed while a shampoo solution is fed through the shower feed brush, which suspends soils. Early shampoo formulation were responsible for leaving sticky residues causing accelerated resoling; however, the synthetic detergent formulations available today have minimized this problem. Modern shampoo formulations such as Kleen Kuip’s Kuik Dry Shampoo dries to crystalline residues that can be easily vacuumed¬†out of the carpet.

Cleaning Method

Following shampooing wet vacuuming with wet dry vacuum equipment is optional. This step in the shampooing process is commonly overlooked. The best results are achieved when the carpet is rinse extracted after shampooing; however, the possibility of over wetting is increased. Following drying, thorough dry vacuuming is important to remove loose soil and crystallized detergent residues. Grooming or pile setting is also very important as the carpet pile is distorted from the scrubbing action and if allowed to dry, will have an uneven appearance.


  • Very economical to use.
  • Low equipment and chemical cost.
  • Relatively high production rates can be achieved.
  • Excellent agitation produces deep cleaning and chemical distribution producing good overall cleaning results.


  • Over wetting and pile distortion can occur with careless operator. (Improperly scrubbing or incorrect brushes are a principal cause of pile distortion.)
  • High level of operator skill required for best results.
  • Residues can increase re-soiling if improper chemicals are used.

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Restorative Carpet Cleaning Methods

Restorative carpet cleaning methods include rotary shampoo and hot water extraction. These corrective cleaning methods are designed for handling heavy soiling conditions. They require higher operator training and skill levels as they have more potential for damage if improperly used.

Restorative Carpet Cleaning Machines RX-20 Bonnet Steam

The Hydramaster RX-20 is a tool every cleaner should have. (machine pictured above in the middle)

The amazing RX-20 Rotary Jet Extractor has revolutionized the way carpets are cleaned. With 5 spray jets matched with 5 vacuum slots, the RX-20 makes over 650 cleaning passes per minute. This super agitation, combined with the unit’s weight, deeply cleans, extracting soil and cleaning solution. The rotating head cleans all sides of the carpet fiber, fluffing up and restoring the pile. Save your back, clean more carpets and clean them better!

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Interim Carpet Cleaning Methods

Interim carpet cleaning methods include Dry Powder, Bonnet, Cotton Pads, Dry Foam methods, self contained/walk behind units. Interim cleaning systems are designed and will be most effective for frequent commercial carpet maintenance programs and lighter soiling conditions.

These may be the only cleaning methods practical when the carpet cannot be taken out of service for proper drying time required by restorative cleaning methods. Interim carpet cleaning methods in conjunction with periodic corrective cleaning procedures will provide the most effective overall carpet maintenance program. Generally speaking, higher production (square feet per man hour) will be possible with interim carpet cleaning methods.

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