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Six brands of dry carpet cleaners recalled due to bacterial exposure risk

Photo 2 Capture dry carpet cleanerMelliken is recalling about 550,000 containers of dry carpet cleaners.

The dry carpet cleaning powder can contain harmful bacteria. Exposure to bacteria poses a risk of respiratory and other infections in immunocompromised individuals. Consumers with healthy immune systems aren’t generally affected by the bacteria.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Arm & Hammer, Capture, Healthy Home, Oreck, Resista, and Riccar brands of dry carpet cleaners.

The powder is sprinkled on carpets and rugs to clean and deodorize them. The dry carpet cleaner was sold in various sizes and lot numbers. The lot number is printed on stickers on each container marked with a letter followed by the five-digit lot number.

Capture and Resista brand dry carpet cleaners were sold individually and as part of a cleaning kit including a pre-mist spray and a brush.

The carpet cleaners were sold at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Oreck, Walmart, and specialty carpet and vacuum stores nationwide from July 2015 through September 2016. The cost was $5 to $40 for the individual bottles or $20 to $50 for a kit.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dry carpet cleaner and contact Milliken to receive a free replacement, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise.

For more information, call Milliken at 888-770-7142 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit and click on “Capture Carpet and Rug Dry Cleaner has issued a Recall” at the top of the page or at and click on “Carpet Cleaner Recall” at the bottom of the page.

For details on other recalls, see

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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