Little know fact. Carpet cleaning does not sanitize carpet. Sanitizing carpet can only be accomplished with an EPA registered sanitizer. Steam and soap do not kill micro organisms in your carpet.
I've been carpet cleaning in Tampa FL for almost 10 years and I can tell you that carpets cannot be sanitized with a regular carpet cleaning or steam. A lot of people believe that carpets are sanitized when they are steam cleaned, but they are not. Although extreme heat can kill many micro organisms, it has to be sustained heat to do the job. It cant be just a quick blast of heat, like what you get from steam cleaning. It has to be sustained stationary heat that has enough time to fry the little suckers.
At Chem-Dry of Tampa FL we sanitize carpet using an EPA registered sanitizer the is pre sprayed onto the carpet and allowed to dwell for 10-20 minutes before cleaning. During that time the sanitizer kills 82% of the bacteria in the carpet. Making it safer and deodorizing it at the same time. If your interested in getting your carpet sanitized ask your Tampa FL carpet cleaner if they offer sanitizing services and make sure they use a EPA registered sanitizer.