I have been cleaning carpets for over 10 years Now , and unlike lots of carpet cleaners I have tried lots of different systems .
Most systems years ago relied on a in tank cleaning solution the same as Rug Dr and home cleaners use still .
This system has many pitfalls
- The detergent has no time to dwell on the carpet fibres
- There is a good chance of rapid re-soiling due to residue being left in the carpet
- There is no heaters to aid cleaning power, in these smaller machines
- Detergents are not always equipped to deal with the lots of different stains in carpets
The system we Use is the most thorough we have used.
11 step system
- Determine the construction of the carpet ie: wool, polypropylene , Nylon
- Vacuum the carpet in a very slow manner north south then east west , up to 80% of dirt is dry and can be recovered using this method
- Move all furniture as drafts in the home leave dust and debris under sofas and chairs
- We Apply a specialist sourced carpet cleaning solution that has been thoroughly tested by us. and is a great all rounder for breaking down stains.odours and soiling
- Dwell time , we have found that this is one of the most over looked part of the system solutions what ever they are need time to work , the heavier the soiling the longer is needed . 20 minutes to a hour is needed .
- Agitation, this is needed to make sure all the fibres are coated with the solution and aides the breaking down of soils and stains .
- Re application of the solution as not all soils are broken down by the first application and some of the solution has evaporated during stage 5 and 6
- Extraction using Very Hot water and a extraction solution that deodorises and ph balances the carpet so that no soil attracting residue is left behind
- Spot treatment, any spots left behind are treated with a stain removing solution then rinsed.
- Then we groom the carpet to aide drying
- Finally depending on the carpet fibres construction especially wool we dry with large fans this stops wick back
By Neil Kelloway