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The Right Method For The Right Situation
The following are the most common and effective methods for maintaining, cleaning and restoring commercial carpet. In all methods, it is imperative that dry soil be removes prior to cleaning and drying equipment used to speed up the drying process.
Truck Mounted Hot Water Extraction
Hot Water Extraction
When done right, this method offers the most thorough, deep cleaning. The following steps describe the process:
A preconditioning solution is applied. This is desinged specifically for greasy soils that are holding dirt and grit to the fibers.
This solution is work in to get down to the base of the fiber where all the ground in soil is.
Once the preconditioner has had time to work then a rinse extraction is done. This step involves injecting hot water with a rinsing agent to help capture all the soil and preconditioner that are suspended in the carpet. Simultaneously, a high powered vacuum is extracting everything that is being injected into the carpet. The hot water helps to further break down oils and grease as well as leave the carpet in a state to dry quickly.
Any stubborn spots that do not respond to the preconditioning solution will be worked on as the carpet is being rinse extracted.
Once everything has been removed from the construction of the carpet, drying equipment is used to return the work environment back to normal as quickly as possible.
Sadly this method is often not done right and the carpet is left worse off than if it had never been cleaned in the first place.
A detergent is applied to the carpet that is much like the preconditioning solution used in the Hot Water Extraction method. Then to extract this solution, a pre-soaked cotton pad, called a bonnet is spun across the surface of the carpet and rinses and absorbs the suspended soils. This is a common and accepted method useful for areas of light soiling that require very little downtime. The primary goal of this method is to improve the appearance of the carpet while allowing it about an hour to dry before it can be used again.
Encapsulation Cleaning Machine
Encapsulation Cleaning Method
This involves applying a cleaning solution during the agitation process. The cleaning solution is also known as a soil encapsulating solution. It is applied and worked in at the same time. This solution must come in contact with the entire surface of the fiber down to the base. Encapsulating solutions are designed to suspend and emulsify soils and form and encapsulating barrier around them so that they cannot be re-deposited onto the surface of the fiber. Once dry, the encapsulated soil can be vacuumed away. This method is very effective for medium to lightly soiled areas.