cleaning & care
many methods of carpet cleaning to choose from. Desired
results are achieved only when properly functioning
equipment and right choice of chemicals are used. The
following is designed as a guide to help assist you in
making the right decision concerning proper care of your
carpet extractor uses a detergent solution that is
forced into the carpet by a pump. The solution is then
'extracted' out of the carpet with a high pressure vacuum
motor. Pumps range in power from 135CFM to 200CFM. Heaters
can be added to the machines either internally or
externally. The advantage of heated water can't be
overstated. It will assist greatly in helping break up
greasy and oily residue present in most carpets needing
Good chemicals are essential in achieving your desired
results. Extraction leaves your carpet wetter than other
systems, but it cleans deeper.
Self Contained Carpet Extraction Machine:This uses the
same principle as an extractor, but has a built-in brush
that scrubs the carpet between the process of applying the
solution and vacuuming it up. This is the preferred method
for large commercial areas.
Extraction Restoration:The is the most effective way
to deep clean your carpet. It is a two step process which
when followed, will help you achieve optimum results and
assist in increasing the life of your carpet. First, use a
pre-spray solution, or use a non-residue shampoo in
the shampoo tank. Agitate the carpet with a rotary buffer
equipped with a carpet brush. This will help loosen the
dirt and soil hidden deep within your carpet. Let the
chemical sit for a few minutes to actually break up the
dirt after you scrub. Second, extract the carpet with an
effective extraction cleaner such as
ChemSpec 90 or use a rinsing agent such as
Textile-Rinse from ChemSpec or Rinse-Out from Cello. This
rinsing aid will flush out all chemicals and dirt from
step 1 as well as from previous cleanings.
Cleaning: Bonnets are made of synthetic, natural or a
combination of both materials. They are round pads that go
under standard speed floor buffers. The bonnets use
friction to pull dirt from the top of the carpet fibers.
This is a good system when cleaning a carpet frequently,
or when the carpet needs to be dry shortly after cleaning,
or when a browning problem occurs. However, this is not a
deep-cleaning method and only addresses surface issues in
carpet. It is recommended that the carpet be sprayed with
a detergent then buffed with a dry bonnet. When the bonnet
gets dirty, either flip it over or use a new one.
Brush or Dry Foam: This method uses a foaming shampoo
that may dry to a light powder or crystal. The shampoo is
applied with a brush and a standard speed floor machine.
The brush generates foam as it spins. A specialized
machine will generate foam before getting agitated with a
brush. This system is likely to leave the carpet with a
sticky residue if not used properly.
Special Note: Always vacuum carpet thoroughly before
cleaning. This will make a world of difference and save
wear and tear on your extractor.
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