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Defining the word clean

  1. to remove unwanted soil, dirt, and debris

Why do we clean?  How often should I clean?  Which cleaning method works best?

Answering those questions may not be as easy to answer as one might think.  Everyday most of our society will clean something.  You usually wake up every morning to clean your body.  Unfortunately, we have left it up to marketing and advertising companies to educate the public on how to clean.  Because those companies have failed to educate you on correct procedures, Haynes'  Cleaning 101 will do its best to educate you on the proper way to clean your fine textiles.

Which Method Cleans the Best? 

Dry foam: The carpet cleaner or consumer who's purchased a cleaner at a local supermarket, applies shampoo to your carpet, allows it to dry, and then, without rinsing, extracts the dried shampoo into a vacuum. Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum? This method leaves a dirty residue in your carpet that causes it to re-soil quickly. This is the major reason that dry foam is not too effective. 

Absorbent pad (bonnet cleaning): This method is similar to dry foam, except that the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpet. The rotating motion causes the bonnet to absorb dirt from your carpet. Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large cotton towel or mop to rub the dirt out of your carpet. It’s not very effective because there’s no extraction process. And if the bonnet isn’t changed out with a clean one frequently enough, it just smears soil around the carpet.  This method can be deceiving to the untrained person, because spreading the dirt around can make your carpet actually appear clean because the soil is evenly spread throughout.  This is why the consumer needs to know the facts when cleaning for health purposes.  

Dry, absorbent powder: Usually used by one of our competitors, who does a good job at marketing their service advantage of a faster drying time.  Unfortunately, the dry absorbent powder method doesn't mean you are getting a thorough cleaning.  The dry-compound method spreads a moist, absorbent powder throughout your carpet. The powder is allowed to dry and then sucked into a vacuum. This method leaves dry sponge particles at the base of the carpet yarn. And because the carpet is not rinsed, this method is not very effective of removing the chemicals, bacteria, pollen, and allergens; which is the main purpose for cleaning. 

Hot water extraction "steam cleaning": This is a fancy way of saying that a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into your carpet and then drawn out of your carpet.  When used by a certified technician, the carpet backing will not be over-wet and should dry within 4-6 hours.  

In a recent Technical Bulletin, Shaw Industries and Mohawk, the world’s largest carpet manufacturers, “recommends the hot water extraction system by an IICRC Certified Firm www.certifiedcleaners.org , which research indicates provides the best capability for cleaning.” No question, the most effective way to clean carpeting is with hot-water extraction equipment. It’s the most powerful cleaning equipment on the market, and the only equipment that cleans your carpet of dirt, harmful bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, and tobacco residue.

Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this isn’t true. By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water, we clean your carpet completely--in the same way that the person who showers and then rinses off the dirt and soap will be much cleaner than the person who takes only a sponge bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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