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ICAN/ATEX: Is it harmful to equipment to leave chemicals in them overnight?

August 20, 2013
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Tuesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I have found that custodians often don't empty their machines of water and chemical when finished with their water extractors or dry forming machines.

Could it harm the machine if you leave water and chemicals in the tanks overnight?

Many managers don't think so. What do you say?

Tuesday’s Answer:

Most extractors contain nylon pumps, parts, and tanks, so damage would be minimal, if any at all.

The trick on shampooers is to train everyone to fill the last tank with only enough solution to finish the carpet, so you run out of solution at the end of the shift.

With extraction, you should be spraying on the cleaning agent first, and extracting with clear water, or using a dilute acidic rinse to counteract wicking and browning on lighter carpet.

If you leave water in the supply tank overnight  ... Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation

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