I appreciate all of the comments under the "Cleaning Products You Use, Part 1" Thread.
It seems that most all of us were prespraying carpet with pH 11 or 12 products, hosing down stinky carpets with cationic based quats, and were blissfully unaware of what would happen next.
At the risk writing yet another epic, suffice to say that the introduction of stain resistant carpet, especially the heavily promoted Stainmaster product by DuPont, in 1986 created a massive change in our industry.
Through the work of some politically adept and charismatic manufacturing industry ambassadors, we were told at industry events and in trade journals that we had to change everything we did, and there were dark, if vaguely worded, warnings of the consequences for not following these new rules:
Products had to have a pH of "less than 10" (more on this later)
Cleaning temperatures had to be no more than 150 degrees
Deodorizers could not be cationic
Deodorizers could not be applied after cleaning, but instead before
Protectors had to be "approved"
Cleaners needed to be certified
How did those who were present when "the asteroid hit" respond?