pH is a fundamental piece of information used to select a carpet cleaning solution. In chemistry, pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. Even though this sounds complicated, when selecting a carpet cleaning solution a technical understanding of pH is not needed.
pH is based on a scale of 1 to 14. The lower the number the more “acidic” of a solution, the higher the more “basic”. It is important to understand that the difference in one digit on the scale is a difference of “ten times”, so by moving just a couple of digits you are greatly changing the differences between two solutions. Seven is neutral, water has a pH of 7.
Most carpet cleaning solutions you find in the store are fairly neutral so it is safe to assume you will not damage your carpet with these chemicals. If however you decide to purchase carpet cleaning supplies from a professional distributor you may want to speak with your carpet cleaning supplier before using.