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Friday's Ask the Experts: Extraction process

July 13, 2012
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I recently took a newly created position as Property Manager at my church and found that we have two water extractors. In the past, they have rented carpet cleaners to clean the carpets. Can you clean carpets with extractors? What is the process and does it do any damage?

The answer:

Hot water extraction is the number one process used by professional carpet cleaning companies, machine rental companies, and the method preferred by most carpet mills for restorative cleaning.
The primary concern is cleaning with methods that allow short drying times. Ideally, your church would have two types of extractors. A self-contained unit with autofill/pump out or a power-head brush unit for large rooms, halls, entry areas, and fellowship halls where food is served. Secondly, an extractor with a wand is ideal for carpeted sanctuaries to clean between the pews and for small areas such as crowded offices. Here is an abbreviated description of the process which begins with moving required furniture and a thorough vacuuming. Mix, according to instructions, a premium or approved carpet cleaning pre-conditioner or extraction product in a pump-up or electric sprayer. Spray about 15 minutes ahead of the ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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