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ICAN/ATEX: What are the particulars of encapsulation cleaning?

November 05, 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 some questions about encapsulation carpet cleaning.

Who does it, how do you do it, does it work?

What about chemicals, equipment, and methods?

Tuesday’s Answer:

Encapsulation is considered a low-moisture, interim carpet cleaning process.

Many formulations contain a detergent, surfactant and solvent, but with a crystalline polymer.

The polymer allows the encapsulated soil to dry into a non-sticky crystallized particle. It is being used in many commercial settings, especially on level loop carpet. The results are normally quite satisfactory.

The process can utilize a machine propelled bonnet, or cylindrical or rotational brushes. It is usually sprayed on and then brushed into the fibers.

The encapsulation chemistry surrounds soil particles and crystallizes them to reduce further soil attraction.

Routine vacuum maintenance causes much of the soil to be  ... Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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