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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Principles of carpet cleaning



Don't be misled by claims that steam cleaning will leave your carpet wet for 1-2 days! If your steam cleaner leaves carpet that wet, you need to get on the telephone and demand that they correct their over-wetting. No reputable steam cleaner would leave carpet that wet! Carpet Cleaning 911 is proud to say that we have never over-wet a carpet. You can walk on your steam cleaned carpet with bare feet or white socks before we leave your home. Your carpet will be completely dry in 2-4 hours, or sooner, if you open some windows and run a fan to foster the circulation of dry air. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the cleaning and restoration industry guardians, these are the principles of carpet cleaning: Dry Soil Removal- thorough vacuuming, using an upright vacuum with brush agitation and high-efficiency double-lined collection bag, or a final filter, to remove up to 99% of particles at 1 micron.

Soil Suspension - This involves the applicaiton of properly specified, formulated and mixed preconditioning agents designed to separate soil from fibers. There are four fundamentals involved in soil suspension: application of preconditioning chemicals; using heat or temperature to speed chemical reactions; agitation for proper chemical distribution; and providing dwell time so that chemical reactions can be completed before soil extraction is attempted. The acronym "CHAT" (Chemicals, Heat, Agitation, Time) makes the fundamentals of soil suspension easy to remember.




source :goingductlesscontest, (2013), Principles of carpet cleaning [ONLINE]. Available at:http://goingductlesscontest.com/ [Accessed 15 May 13].


Soil Extraction - Any method of cleaning must physically remove soils if it is to be successful. Soil removal takes place with absorption, wet vacuuming, rinsing and even dry vacuuming. The most effective method of soil removal among professionals is hot water extraction. Grooming, as needed - Grooming has little to do with physical soil removal but it is necessary to eliminate pile distortion and matting, to properly distribute additives such as carpet protectants, and to create an even appearance of the carpet. Drying - Drying time for carpet should never exceed 24 hours, and it is highly recommended that complete drying occur within 6-8 hours of cleaning. Carpet Cleaning 911 takes great pains to adequately extract moisture and cleaning solutions from the carpet after every job. Customer cooperation is also needed to expedite drying time, however. With normal temperatures and the use of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, or simply the use of fans and open windows, properly cleaned and extracted carpet will dry in much less than 6-8 hours. 

Recommended Frequency of Professional Carpet Cleaning Heavily used carpet should be professionally cleaned by a qualified technician at least annually. Following is a guideline for recommended cleaning frequency for carpet. Considered factors are traffic, soil rating, vacuuming schedules, spot cleaning schedules and professional and restorative cleaning. Carpet subject to light soil should be vacuumed once per week. Spot cleaning should be undertaken daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Professional cleaning should be done at least in the traffic areas, every 12-18 months, and professional restorative cleaning should be performed every 2 years or as indicated in the manufacturer warranty. 

Carpet subject to normal soil (families with children or elderly) should be vacuumed 2-4 times per week. Spot cleaning should be undertaken daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Professional cleaning should be done at least in the traffic areas, every 6-12 months, and professional restorative cleaning should be performed every year.

Carpet subject to heavy soil (families with pets, smoking) should be vacuumed 2-4 times per week. Spot cleaning should be undertaken daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Professional cleaning should be done at least in the traffic areas, every 3-6 months, and professional restorative cleaning should be performed twice per year. 

Carpet subject to extreme conditions (large families, multiple pets) should be vacuumed daily. Spot cleaning should be undertaken daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Professional cleaning should be done at least in the traffic areas, every 2-3 months, and professional restorative cleaning should be performed four times per year


Source :nicespace. 2013. nicespace. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nicespace.me/. [Accessed 06 May 13]


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