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How HOST works in your home.

1_vacHOST® Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaner is a soft, natural product that is environmentally responsible and works in much the same way as an ordinary kitchen sponge. Just like you would use a sponge to wipe up a spill, or to wash and absorb dirt from a counter or wall, HOST is used to wash and absorb dirt from your carpet fibers. As with using a kitchen sponge, you want to limit the amount of water you use while cleaning. Think of the carpet pile as a vertical surface, like a wall. If you use too much liquid, it will run down the yarn toward the carpet backing, just as too much liquid runs down a wall. If you allow this dissolved dirt to run down the backing, it can be more difficult to remove and can wick back.

Because HOST is a dry carpet cleaning system it carries the liquid ingredients to the carpet fibers in a controlled way. The soft, organic, natural HOST SPONGES contain all the necessary liquid to dissolve and absorb both water based and oil based dirt. It’s moistened with water and a blend of environmentally friendly ingredients. And because HOST is a low moisture cleaning system, when you’re finished cleaning, the carpet is dry and ready to use immediately.

Mechanical action is required to break the oil bond and pull the dirt away from the carpet fibers. Then this loosened dirt must be removed. HOST is formulated to dissolve both types of dirt and then to absorb it. HOST cleaning doesn’t leave a sticky residue to cause rapid resoiling. A trace of SPONGES may remain in the carpet after vacuuming but it is not abrasive or harmful. This trace amount of SPONGES will be removed with subsequent vacuuming. It’s that simple!

Tile & Grout Clean

Over the last few years, we have called on your services for cleaning our carpets at home. The level of cleaning has always been excellent and also the first class service you give from start to finish. It’s a delight to come home as the carpets always smell incredibly fresh. However I must say that you have surpassed yourself with the cleaning of the grout on our kitchen floor. We nearly were contemplating ripping up the tiled floor and replacing it as it looked so shabby. However after your recent visit – it has come up like new – amazing! Thank you again.

What are those black lines around the skirting boards?

One of the most frequently asked carpet cleaning questions I’ve come across.  What are those black lines?  The answers is as follows -This type of soiling is called Soil filtration or draught marks . Its the airflow contaminants that are trying to pass through a door, the crack in the wall or gaps in floor boards. This contamination is similar to what you find in your air conditioning filter.As the air passes through the edge of the carpet pile, the microscopic  soiling is deposited there, (hence the term filtration soiling). This build up occurs over a extended period of time and is not noticed until a build up has occurred.

This type of soiling is very difficult to remove because the soil particles  are so fine that they penetrate deep into the carpet pile, sometimes into the backing of the carpet. So even when you remove them from the pile you may still see the stained carpet backing.

Removing this type of soiling  requires special cleaning agents to assist in the process.

To help prevent soil filtration, vacuum(with a good vacuum) and wipe the edges of the carpet on a regular basis.

Do-it-yourself carpet cleaning

dirty_waterAfter “steam” cleaning your carpet, it feels pretty good to see that tankful of filthy, nasty water. That is…until you realize that the dirty water in your tank is the same as the dirty water left in your wet carpet.

Is that deep cleaning?

Now consider cleaning your carpet the green and dry way with HOST:

  • No wet carpet
  • Easy to use
  • Environmentally preferred
  • Safe for all carpets, even Orientals and sisal
  • Removes dust mites, mold and other allergens
  • Spots won’t come back
  • Carpet stays cleaner longer
  • Lifts matted carpet
  • Safer for children and pets

Before and After Pics

Before we used the HOST dry extraction carpet cleaning system.

This was dust from a pulled down ceiling.


After this carpet came up better than when it was first laid!

Vacuumed first, then agitated with the freestyle,

Then HOST sponges applied, Brushed in till dirty,

then vacuumed again, this process was repeated 5 times!






What can be found under beds!

A survey of the things people find under their beds turned up some bizarre results, from sweaty socks to sex toys.

And one man looked underneath his bed – to find his wife’s secret girlfriend,

The survey, said people also found dirty plates, guitars and a mouldy Chinese takeaway.

One of the 2,000 adults questioned returned home to find his wife under the covers and a ‘rustling sound’ coming from under the bed. It turned out to be his wife’s girlfriend.

One woman feared a gas leak only to discover the source of the stench came from a pair of her husband’s sweaty football socks left festering for two years.

Another man was helping his mother-in-law move her bed only to find her collection of adult toys.

Over a third of those polled said they only vacuumed under the bed once a year. One in four would be embarrassed if someone looked under their bed.

Our advice: “Your bed is a haven and its surroundings should be clean and clutter-free to aid a good night’s sleep and that includes under your bed.”

Useful information when investing in a rug

There are a few basics you should know about rugs. Once you understand how to identify what makes a rug valuable, you’ll have a greater chance at purchasing a better rug.

Rug fibers usually consist of wool in most mid to upper end rugs. High-end rugs may also have silk. Synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyester, nylon, and olefin (polypropylene) can be found in more economical rugs. Cotton, sea grass, and sisal rugs are often moderate rugs. Your most stain resistant rugs will contain synthetic fibers, but won’t feel as soft and luxurious. All other natural fiber rugs are susceptible to staining if spots aren’t cleaned immediately.

What do you look for in a rug?

Quality of wool, type of dye, and knots. Simply because a rug is expensive, doesn’t mean it has good dyes or is constructed well. Make sure you know what it is and shop around first. The quality of a wool fiber depends largely on the type of dye used. Fine wool is vegetable dyed with fruits, roots, and plants. Cheaper wools and nylons can be dyed with synthetic dyes. A rug should always be tested for colourfastness by taking a damp white cloth and gently rubbing it into the fiber. If any color transfers on the cloth, the dyes are unstable.

Also look closely at the fiber to check the integrity. Make sure it isn’t unraveling. Very fine wool fibers can often look as soft as silk even to an experienced rug professional.The construction of a rug is also a key factor.

To determine if the rug is handmade, turn it upside down and look at the back. If you cannot see the pattern as clearly as on the face, the rug is not handmade. If the rug passes this first test, look at the fringe. The fringe should be an extension of the yarn inside the rug and should not look like it was sewed on separately. Many rugs that claim to be hand stitched are stitched by hand with a machine. You can expect to pay at least £250 for a small 3×4 hand made rug.

BEWARE of rugs with cloth backings. These rugs have something to hide. The cloth is covering either flaws in a handmade rug or even worse, glue that is holding the backing together. Glued backings have a tendency to get torn when the rug is moved or cleaned.

If you are looking for an alternative to a handmade rug, you might look at a Karastan. These wool rugs closely resemble hand made rugs, are cheaper in price, and rarely have the problems associated with cheaper wool rugs.

If you aren’t ready to invest several thousand pounds in a rug, these will be your best bet.

Ask the right questions. Educate yourself. Good luck in finding your perfect rug.

Is Dry extraction better?

A Dry carpet cleaner is not completely moisture-free, but it is typically a process where foam, powder, granules or absorbent cleaning compounds are spread across the carpet and they absorb the soil.

This highly-absorbent cleaning solution, or compound, will be vacuumed-extracted, requiring about a fifth of the water that is used in steam cleaning or hot water extraction carpet cleaning methods, if done professionally.

Some carpet cleaner service providers use a machine that features an electric brushing method to scrub the carpet, which also fluffs up the pile. At home, the foam or powder will absorb the soil and debris, but your vacuum will depend on how much cleaner your carpet is.
Advantages of Host Carpet Cleaning
Although customer reviews for the Host dry carpet cleaner are difficult to find, they are out there and people who have used this product really seem to feel it does a great job on their carpet.
Actual users give this product a 5 out of 5 stars. Here are some of the things they had to say about the Host dry carpet cleaning kit.

  • No wet carpet
  • you can walk on the carpet when the cleaner is down and immediately after you have cleaned your carpet.
  • Excellent at removing stains and odors one customer wrote: “I’ve used HOST for over 20 years…it’s been great for my carpets.”
  • Easy to use
  • Cleans natural fiber rugs that you can’t use wet cleaning methods on
  • All natural biodegradable ingredients
The few reviews that could be found were all overwhelmingly positive so there seems to be few real disadvantages to using this product though several reviewers did reveal two or three problems.

  • The Product is difficult to find
  • somewhat messy
  • clogs up some vacuum cleaners.

Of the three disadvantages that consumers listed, the most problematic one is the difficulty in finding this product. However, there seems to be plenty of sites that sell the Host dry carpet cleaning kit online and the official Host website does list distributors that handle their product if you type in your post code.
As for the other two disadvantages some reviewers stated that using a wet/dry vac to do the initial vacuuming after using the Host dry carpet cleaner helps prevent clogs in your home vacuum and it does appear that dry carpet cleaning would be less messier than emptying those dirty buckets from traditional carpet cleaning.

So, It seems the answer is a definite  YES!!