posted on May 06, 2016 11:51
What are the steps that I can expect a certified professional to take when cleaning my carpet?
Certified technicians have the specialized training and experience it takes to select the proper cleaning chemicals, equipment, tools and materials in conjunction with using the proper methods for maintaining and cleaning carpets to their original beauty. Certified technicians can offer advice on how to clean and maintain the appearance of your carpet and how to maximize your investment and extend the life of your carpet.
The principles of carpet cleaning are listed in the S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning, updated in 2011. The principles of carpet cleaning include:
Dry Soil Removal - Thorough vacuuming using an upright vacuum with brush agitation and high-efficiency double-lined collection bag, or a final filter, will help to remove up to 99 percent of particles.
Soil Suspension - This involves the application 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" makes the fundamentals of soil suspension easy to remember.
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 common method for soil removal among professionals is hot water extraction.
Grooming, as necessary - Grooming has little to do with physical soil removal, but it is needed to help eliminate pile distortion and matting. This process properly distributes additives, such as carpet protectors, which creates an even appearance for your inspection.
Drying - A damp carpet re-soils rapidly, creates for potential slip & fall problems and ultimately can grow bacteria with associated odor.