When Susan Cantone took over her brother’s carpet-cleaning business in 2003, she dubbed it Cantone II Carpet Cleaning to signify a new beginning. Her daughter, office manager Sonia, has been busy ever since, scheduling appointments for the two-man carpet-cleaning crew, which ousts stains with a rotary machine and dry-foam cleaner. This dry foam penetrates carpet down to the padding to lift stains, and the machine inhales vast amounts of debris and dirt before looking to the side and coughing politely.
Carpets dry in less than two hours, compared to the four hours it takes after steam extraction and the day and a half it takes after soaking rugs in dishwasher detergent. The machine also scours tile and grout, purifies upholstery, and strips and waxes floors.