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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Glass cleaner for carpet spotting

May 13, 2009
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have veteran floor care staff telling me that they use glass cleaner for spot cleaning carpets. However, I seem to remember reading a source that said that was not good, but now I cannot find the source. Can anyone help?
The answer:
In my experience, glass cleaners are usually either ammonia or vinegar-based. An ammonia-based glass cleaner would probably be an effective spotter, but the pH is WAY too high for carpet. The stain-resist and/or fluorochemical treatments have likely been stripped away where the glass cleaner was used, if it is ammonia-based. If the glass cleaner is vinegar-based, it''s less likely to have damaged the carpet, but it would not be an effective carpet spotter.
Either way, they should not be using glass cleaner to spot clean carpet. The Carpet & Rug Institute has a Seal of Approval program with a list of ... — John Downey, founder of Cleanfax magazine and owner of Downey''s Carpet Care of Granville.
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