carpet cleaning & care


There are 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.

Extraction: A 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 care. 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 good 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.

Bonnet 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.

Rotary 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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