Dirt Free Carpet
Owner Aubrey Thoede recalls the early years,” We started off as part of the industry using Rug Doctors. In those days, people would have to put paper down after they had their carpets cleaned because the carpet would stay wet for three days. Carpet cleaners pumped soaps and chemicals through the lines because that was the only way they could loosen the dirt. With our portable electric machines, we had to be careful not to kick the breakers on the light sockets. I actually had to redesign my machine with two electric cords just to deal with this issue. We eventually saved enough money to buy a twenty five horsepower (lawn mower engine powered) truck mount machine. Unfortunately, even it was too weak to clean the carpets down to their primary backing, so as a result, we saw our customer base every three to four months to deal with the same recurring issues. At some point we realized that soaps were not the answer, but in fact, were part of the problem.” Other inherent flaws in the industry were problems with over-wetting, re-occurring spots, and long extended periods of dry time.
All of these issues inspired Aubrey to separate Dirt Free from the industry (and the competition) through innovation. Aubrey realized that there needed to be an improvement in the power of the equipment, and the industry had no answers. A team of engineers was assembled, and with their help, he was able to design a new more powerful”Van Powered” cleaning machine. This new type of machine utilized the van’s motor instead of an electric motor or lawn mower engine. It was light years ahead of any other machine on the market. His first generation of machines assembled in the early 1990’s were even much more powerful than machines commonly sold today by many carpet cleaning machine manufacturers.