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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Alkaline agents and carpets

November 10, 2011
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: 1) Do acid and alkaline agents have effects on carpets when being used? (2) Is only carpet shampoo to be used on carpet? (3) Is it appropriate to use hot water on carpet, too?

The answer:

John Downey sent in an answer, but I accidently deleted it, so I''ll try to cover the questions.
(1) In general, carpets are acid dyed. Soils tend to be acid, so we use detergents that are alkaline to release them from the fibers. Often, an acidic rinse agent will be used to restore the mildly acidic state that is natural. Very strong acids and alkalines are damaging to most fibers and must be avoided.
(2) Carpet shampoo or other carpet detergent solutions are ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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