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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Dry vapor steam cleaning

October 15, 2009
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts questions from a cleaning professionals on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: My question is on dry vapor steam cleaning. I am co-owner of a green cleaning company in North Texas and would like to know how to price this type of service. Since we will only be using dry vapor steam, should this service be priced more, less or the same as traditional carpet cleaning? How do I go about formulating a price?
Answer #1:
Most carpet experts would discourage the use of dry vapor steam cleaning for carpet. The dry vapor normally runs at 240 degrees Fahrenheit and some carpet seaming tapes melt at 190 degrees Fahrenheit. You might end up replacing all of the seams after cleaning with dry vapor steam ... — Gary Clipperton, National Pro Clean Corporation and ProClean College, (719) 598-5112
Answer #2:
I''d strongly suggest you rethink the idea of using dry vapor steam cleaning for carpet. In addition to the concern that Gary Clipperton previously mentioned, I would add the following:
1. It very well may melt polyproprylene (Olefin) carpet fibers.
2. It will strip the stain-resist treatment off nylon carpet fibers and in most cases void the manufacturer''s warranty.
3. In many cases, it will damage ... — John Downey, president of Downey''s Carpet Care of Granville, trainer of (OS1) Carpet Care and founder of Cleanfax magazine.
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