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ICAN/ATEX: How do I determine the proper carpet cleaning system to use?

November 13, 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.

Wednesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I am getting a new building and 90% of the flooring is carpet.

How do I approach this and what cleaning system do I need?

Do I use a pre-spray, spin cleaner, extraction rinse and cleaner? Is a shampooing good?

Wednesday’s Answer:

Once you know what sort of carpet you are caring for you will have some recommendations, but the final judgment as to what method to use on any given part of the flooring at any given time will rest with you and your crew.

Spin cleaning (bonnet cleaning) using a no-foam prespray is a fine interim cleanup method.

It is fast, low moisture so it dries quickly, and inexpensive

The warnings about bonnets untwisting heat set fibers are silly. Bonnets simply push the fibers to one side or the other due to the size of the pad used.

A prespray before an extraction will work on lightly soiled carpet. Heavy soiling responds well to shampooing which, after some dwell time, is rinsed out with the loosened soils.

Shampooing with a wet, properly broken-in brush will not  ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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