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Using a Magma heater and Airflex extractor to Deep clean upholstery in Rotherham

We managed to clean this Suite back to nearly new by using micro splitters which is a eco product that is non detergent based cleaning solution.
We also invested in a small box that you may notice in front of our new upholstery machine it’s called a magma heater , and it Instantly heats the water used to rinse out the dirt, grease and head oils up to 110 degrees, which is steaming hot. this little box cost over £500 and it’s great at cutting through those grease and oils.

if you ever wondered how some carpet cleaners charges can vary so much well this is the reason they buy cheap solutions. and cheap underpowered machines that don’t deep clean or extract all the moisture, so you end up with a cheap job with poor results. we stive to invest in products that are the best that are available , so we are constantly looking for new solutions , more powerful machines , so that we can deliver a quality service that keeps customer returning year after year.

Magma heater and Airflex extractor

Magma heater and Air flex extractor.
Used on a suite clean in south yorkshire

Sofa Cleaned before and after photo

Two seater sofa cleaned using non detergent based upholstery solution

Heres another that we cleaned in Wakefield

Upholstery cleaning

A Flat weave sofa before and after cleaning



Carpet cleaning Methods

There is 4 basic ways to clean carpets and then a few that are variations of each one.
The one thing they all have in common is that the carpet must be Thoroughly vacuumed before any of the other stages take place. This should be completed with a vacuum cleaner fitted with a beater bar , and should be vacuumed north south and west east using a slower than normal action this is so the maximum amount of soil is removed ,which by most reports is up to 84% of loose soil

1. Steam cleaning process

Referred to as Hot water extraction by professional carpet cleaners.In this process the carpet is first pre-sprayed with a solution and left to dwell that breaks down the soils and grease which are present in the carpet fibers. Water is heated in a large machine up to 90 degrees this is near boiling point this water is then injected at up to 300 psi into the carpet fibers and instantly sucked back into the machine taking with it all the residue that the pre spray has loosened and broken down. Due to the heat of the water and the strong vacuums your carpet will be left only slightly damp

Steam cleaning a carpet

Steam cleaning a carpet

Good points

  • Removes deep based soiling from carpet
  • The best process for deep and thorough cleaning of carpets
  • The high pressure and hot water gives excellent cleaning power
  • This is the preferred method recommended by carpet manufacturer’s and professional cleaners

Bad points

  • Longer drying times , but this can be reduced with the use of fans and good ventilation
  • Relatively high cost factors, for machinery

2. Bonnet cleaning

This method uses a absorbent pad and a prey-spray.

The solution is allowed to stay on the carpet for a suitable dwell time.
The bonnet is placed on the carpeted area and a rotary machine is then placed on top ,it is then spins a up to 200 rpm and absorbs all the dirt and stains into the pad

bonnet cleaning

appying bonnet to rotary machine before cleaning a carpet

Good points

  • Easy system to use, covers large areas fast
  • Great results on lightly soiled carpets
  • Keeps costs down
  • Stops wick back (where stains re-appear after wet cleaning)

Bad points

  • Only cleans top third of carpet
  • Leaves deep down dirt in carpet

3. Dry cleaning absorbent compound
How it works
Granules that have been soaked in a solvent mixture are spread onto a carpet and brushed into the fibers using a counter rotating machine.
The granules are left to dwell while they breaking down all the organic soiling and stains , then absorbing it all int the granules these are then vacuumed up

Dry compound

dry compound for cleaning carpets

Good points
A very easy system to use with very little risk of damage.
Fast drying times ,carpets are back in use in under 30 minutes

Bad points

  • Powder can be missed and left behind in the carpet fibers
  • It wont deep clean the carpet

4. Dry foam or shampoo

A foaming solution is sprayed onto the carpet and wipped into a foam by a rotary machine, after the foam has absorbed all the dirt and stains and dried it is vacuumed up.

dry foam carpet leaning

cleaning a carpet using the foam method

Good points

  • Covers large areas fast and effectively
  • Brushes on the rotary give good agitation for removing soil
  • This is a very good method for large areas and drys fast

Bad points

  • cleaning dose not reach deep down into the carpet pile
  • Over wetting can occur through faulty machinery and over application

By Neil Kelloway


Rapid resoiling

These stairs have been cleaned by the home owner with shop purchased carpet cleaning detergent.

rapid re-soiling due to detergent residue being left in the carpet

rapid re-soiling due to detergent residue being left in the carpet

This seems to work at first but within hours the carpet fibers become sticky, attracting dirt to the fibers .

this is due to not flushing out the detergent with a fresh water rinse with some added white vinegar ,this will help rinse out detergent residue , you wouldn’t wash your hair then not rinse it.

The same is true with your laundry that is why your rinse cycle takes so long .

Professional carpet cleaners use non detergent based cleaners,  if a detergent based one is needed then it is rinsed out of your carpet using a high powered hot water extraction machine .

stairs Cleaned by

Barnsley carpet and upholstery cleaners

Ring Neil on 01226 891577


By Neil Kelloway


How to clean your own carpets

Cleaning a carpet : we must follow 4 principles

1. Chemical.
Your chemical must be a dedicated carpet cleaning solution , and choose the correct one for the fiber construction of your carpet, wool carpets should no more than 5.5 ph , use up to 10.5 on heavily soiled polypropylene carpets

2. Agitation.
Helps distribute cleaning agents for maximum soil suspension and removal.
To use a cleaning solution without any agitation would require an increase in cleaning solution temperature, a stronger cleaning chemical and or more time

3. Temperature.
To use a cold cleaning solution would require an increase in agitation, chemical action and or time.

4. Time
To minimize time to perform a cleaning task would require an increase in cleaning solution temperature, more agitation, and or a stronger cleaning product

When using this method , there is some points to follow.
Do not over wet , do not keep going over the same spot , as all you will do is soak the carpet and cause wick back.(Where a under lying stain returns through wicking)
Also put the correct dilution amounts of chemical into your spray , or severe re-soiling will happen

Items needed

• yard brush
• Carpet solution
• A sprayer for your solution
• White vinegar (optional)
• A Carpet cleaning machine ie; Vax, Rug doctor, Bissell

The vinegar acts as a deodoriser and helps to extract all the detergent residue, and organic soiling.
It also softens the fibres whilst neutralizing and rinsing all detergent out of the carpet.

Leaving it cleaner and smelling fresher longer.

Steps to follow

1. vacuum your carpet well , do it north to south then west to east slowly , as up to 80% of dirt is dry organic soil

2. Spray your chosen Carpet cleaning chemical onto carpet at recommended dilution rate. it should be enough just to dampen the carpet fibres.

use one of these to lightly spray the area to be cleaned

use one of these to lightly spray the area to be cleaned

Do not be tempted to put more than the recommended amount as this can cause rapid resoling issues.

3. Agitate chemical well into the carpet with a stiff clean yard brush. give it a good scrub , but not to much as it could cause fibre damage to wool carpets

lightly agite the solution int o the area to be cleaned

lightly agite the solution int o the area to be cleaned

4. Leave for 15 to 25 minutes depending on soiling , don’t let it dry out though

5. put plain hot water(not boiling) in your machine. Add a dash of white vinegar about 10ml per litre .DO NOT put any cleaning chemical in your machine just vinegar and hot water, the vinegar smell will disappear in 10 to 15 minutes

6. Extract using machine

7. Open windows and turn heating on if a wet or cold day.
Carpets should be dry in 2 to 4 hours .
You can help the drying process further by toweling the carpet , this works very well on stair carpeting as it stops wick back caused by very heavy soiling on the bottom 3 steps.
Nb we use Non detergent based products


Commercial Carpet Cleaning


When we ventured into the commercial world of carpet cleaning , we were very  pleased to get the contract for Barnsley Academy  as it tested our Dry Clean System to the Max, and it came out with flying colours .

It Meant that large areas of the college were not out of action for long periods whilst it dried, The carpets were dry  Cleaned, Deodorised, Stain Blocked And Dry In well under a hour.

How do we do it

No 1  we vacuum the area very slowly and thoroughly, this removes upto 60 to 70% of the dry soiling in the carpet, we have found that even when cleaners are contracted to do this their vacuum cleaners are not upto the job as they dont empty the machines/Bags so they lose suction , the brushes are worn and the filters are blocked up filters.

No 2 We choose a suitable pre-conditioning solution that is suitable for the carpet construction and the needs of the customer, on most jobs we use a specialist  encapsulation product which cleans Deodorise’s,  and stain blocks in one process.

This is sprayed onto the carpet and left to dwell for 15 to 20 mins then agited    with a heavy duty industrial rotary machine this loosens and removes any greasy marks and caked on deposits.

No 3 we attached thick cotton bonnets to the rotary machine and it is moved across the sprayed area ,this absorbs all the organic soling and oily residue, whilst also drying the carpet at the same time this process avoids wick back , dampness, mould and saturated carpets

By Neil Kelloway


Rapid resoiling from using a Rug Doctor

The photo above was a job where the lady had hired a rug Doctor, the photo to the right shows the out come which is caused by detergents causing the resoiling .
As you can see we sorted the problem out,using HWE ( Hot water extraction)and a detergent free solution


Here’s another rug dr victim to much detergent again