When it comes to cleaning carpets in today’s world of demanding daily schedules and busy lifestyles, consumers need convenience, quick drying time and effective results. That means, “no spots!” In addition, environmental concerns have brought about a greater need for Do It Yourselfers to find cleaning products that are natural and safe—for people and pets as well as for the carpets they themselves clean. Given the amount of time involved in using shampoo or steam cleaning methods, as well as allowing for drying time, more and more DIYers are using a dry extraction cleaning system, such as the HOST® Dry Extraction Cleaning System. Manufactured by Racine International, the HOST Dry Extraction Cleaning System has grown in popularity due to its low –moisture cleaning application and the fact that its cleaning products are all natural and environmentally preferred.

“When people use HOST to clean their carpets, there’s no waiting for wet carpet to dry,” says Geoffrey R. Greeley, Brand Ambassador. “You can walk on your carpet during and even immediately after cleaning.”

Unlike wet cleaning methods, HOST doesn’t leave any sticky, soapy residue behind to attract dirt and cause resoiling, Greeley points out, adding that it’s safe and easy to use because HOST is a green certified product. “There are no chemicals to mix, no filling or dumping of messy water tanks,” Greeley emphasizes. “and its safe for all types of carpet and rugs, including wool, sisal and orientals.”

How the HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning System Works

HOST began as Rench Manufacturing in 1935 and, from its beginnings, manufactured carpet cleaning equipment and cleaning solutions. The company was the first in the United States to produce synthetic detergents for carpet cleaning, recognizing that animal based soaps left a residue which contributed to rapid resoiling of the carpet. Today, that process has been refined to three easy steps for a deep down clean without using water, shampoo or steam. Simply apply, brush and vacuum.  “As HOST is brushed into the carpet it dissolves and traps greasy, oily direct, spots and odors,” Greeley says. “To remove, all you have to is wait for about an hour and then simply vacuum up the HOST.  And you can still walk on the carpet during and right after the cleaning as well.”

Because HOST is environmentally preferred, it is very effective on all types of carpet and many carpet manufacturers recommend a dry extraction cleaning system like HOST for cleaning wool, sisal, jute and other natural carpet fibers. In addition, HOST carries the WoolSafe seal of approval, which means there’s no worry or unnecessary cleanup due to overwetting, mold, mildew or damage from shrinkage.

How Dry Extraction Cleaning Systems Keep a Home Healthy

Dry extraction carpet cleaning systems like HOST not only help to keep the carpets clean but also work to reduce indoor allergens as well. The top three sources of indoor allergens are:

  • Dust mites and dust mite allergens
  • Mold and mold spores, and
  • Pet hair and dander


Cleaning carpets regularly with a dry extraction system like HOST can help reduce allergens. In fact, research studies have shown that just one cleaning with HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner and the HOST Machine:

  • Reduces dust mites by 78 percent
  • Reduces dust mite allergens by 75 percent
  • Reduces cat allergens by 85 percent
  • Reduces mold spores by 85 percent*


“The HOST machines have unique counter-rotating brushes to ensure a deep clean while lifting matted carpet pile,” Greeley says. “The handle detaches to easily and quickly clean stairs as well.” In addition to allergies, humidity and dampness have also been associated with health problems as well as adding to an already longer drying time when cleaning carpets with shampoo or steam.  But with HOST’s System, there’s no wet carpet, which promotes a drier indoor air quality reducing the chance for growth of mold and mildew.

The Dry Carpet Cleaning Advantage

Whether you need to quickly clean up a spot or spill, touch up high traffic areas or deep clean carpets wall to wall, HOST offers a full line of products for a total carpet care program. In addition, practice the following to keep carpets clean and the home environment healthy:

  • Deep Clean Wall to Wall Every Six to Eight Months: clean more often if there are pets or small children
  • Spot Clean When Needed: The trick to preventing sports and spills from turning into permanent stains is to treat them immediately. Also, routine cleaning of high traffic areas helps to improvement the appearance of the carpet.
  • Vacuum Often: carpeting is a big investment. “The most efficient way to maintain carpet between cleanings is by frequent vacuuming,” says Greeley. “Up to 85 percent of soil founding carpet is dry soil, so frequent vacuuming will help keep carpets cleaner longer.”

By using a dry extraction carpet cleaning system like the HOST total carpet care system, carpets will look and feel like new. And you’ll have all that extra time to enjoy them!

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