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Carpet care holds its water

September 19, 2010
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In many ways, a carpet can be compared to a sponge — collecting and “soaking up” debris, water, cleaning chemicals and other substances.

Although spills are inevitable and stains are likely to occur, if not properly attended to, cleaning does not have to contribute to a carpet’s poor performance and appearance… at least any more.

Controlled water usage
During regular daily maintenance, such as vacuuming and spot cleaning, water use and residues from cleaning chemicals are minimal.

However, over a period of time as well as with the addition of “deep cleaning” tasks, such as extraction, excessive moisture and chemical residue can potentially damage the structural integrity of the carpet itself.

Additionally, soils and moisture that are left behind in carpet’s fibers and backing tend to attract even more soil, requiring additional detailed cleaning and water usage.

Extracting benefits
Today’s low-moisture carpet care equipment is offering end users advanced technology to address common carpet care and health concerns, such as mold and mildew.

These machines also minimize the drying time required since less water is used during the process, after extraction.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), carpets should dry in no more than 48 hours after cleaning to prevent the possibility of mold and mildew developing.

However, with today’s low-moisture equipment, users can expect carpets to dry in as little as four hours.

In recent years, low-moisture carpet extractors have experienced increased interest in the JanSan industry for several reasons.

Some end users feel that these machines support a green cleaning program.

Since less water and chemical are left behind, experts agree that these new extractors are helping to minimize cleaning’s impact on workers, occupants’ health and the environment.

Appearance matters
Less water is safer for carpet fibers and helps prevent the deterioration of the carpet’s performance or appearance.
If a cleaner uses too much water during carpet care, serious performance and appearance problems may occur.

Overwetting of carpets can cause browning and carpet shrinkage as well as adhesion failure and various other problems.

Green continues to be the push in carpet care and along with certified cleaning products, low-moisture equipment is also becoming more prevalent.

Building service contractors and in-house cleaners should take advantage of today’s equipment and be aware of what goes into — and comes out off — carpets.

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