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Viscose Rayon Rugs – Fake Silk

Stop, Look and Listen.
How to identify and minimize rug cleaning disasters.

Fake SilkRayon is manufactured, regenerated cellulose fiber (cotton and wood pulp by-products).

It is made shiny with the use of a viscose liquid chemical processing, and is technically referred to as “viscose rayon” but, in rugs, it usually is referred to only by the first name because it sounds fancier than “fake silk.”

A proper analogy is that viscose rayon is the “sausage” of the fiber world, simply because it is a lot of by-products spun and processed together into staple fiber strands, and you truly do not know what exactly is in it.

What we do know is that this inferior fiber presents several problems for cleaners, all of which they need to be aware of. Here are four common challenges to cleaning viscose rugs, and some tips to minimize rug cleaning disasters.

Shedding
Viscose rayon fibers are weak, and the spinning of staple fibers into strands to weave with means that you have a lot of breakage. Regular foot traffic, and vacuuming, will pull loose strands that often look like a cat has used the rug as a scratching post.

Avoid scrubbing the rug during the cleaning process. This can keep the problem from getting worse. Soft window washing broom brushes or soft hand brushes are preferable to rotary scrubbing or other rotary extraction tools.

Since these strands are already loose, you can charge by the hour to shave or clip the worst areas. This is an additional repair charge. Make sure you point the problem out before the wash rather than after, or you will be doing a free repair.

Bleeding
Rayon does not readily hold dye. It fades and bleeds. Cleaners need to do a dye test to see if it is possible to safely clean the rug without ruining it.

If the dyes are not colorfast, good results can often be attained using an upholstery tool to surface clean the rug, twice if necessary. Ideally, the cleaner can use a tool that has a smooth Teflon head so that marks are not created with the tool strokes.

It is always wise to clean one test area first if taking this route so that you can see the results before attempting to surface clean the entire rug. It is important to have your cleaning and extraction strokes going with the direction of the pile so that distortion is not created.

Yellowing
Cellulose fibers yellow when wet, so it is expected that viscose likes to yellow when cleaned. Spills often become yellow areas, and fibers tend to yellow after cleaning.

Using an acetic acid or citric acid rinse can assist in lessening the yellowing in the rug during the dry time. Speed drying the rug, or drying it face down, can lessen this yellowing effect on the top side of the rug. The back side, however, will become more yellow over time.

Stiffening
Artificial silk rugs of all kinds can become stiff and matted after the cleaning. This makes the fibers look blotchy and makes the top pile feel like cardboard to the touch.

Sometimes a misting of a very small amount of fabric softener (diluted and mixed thoroughly in a sprayer) over the damp fibers prior to the final drying phase can soften the fibers.

Hand grooming the rug after it is 100 percent dry can also soften the fibers. This is done slowly, by hand, with a spotting brush or similar short bristle brush. Section by section, the cleaner slowly brushes an area against the grain to help loosen the stiffness, and then slowly brushes the same area with the grain to lay it back in place.

Some instructors have recommended using velvet carding brushes for this grooming, but they are often much too aggressive for viscose fibers. Try softer bristle options. It is important that the brush strokes be slow so that you do not break off fibers and cause damage.

Cutting corners
Because the essence of this rug is trying to find a “cheap” way to create the look of silk, there is a cost to cutting the corners of quality.

Viscose rugs are one of the few rugs that look worse with time, and with cleaning. Their best look will be on the day it was purchased.

You cannot assume the rug was purchased at a low price because the owner may have been unscrupulously sold it as the “real deal” — silk.

Regardless of whether it is real silk, or viscose rayon fake silk, your training in fiber testing, dye testing and pre-inspection skills should help you to know when to take on the job and when to run from it.

Lisa Wagner is a second-generation rug care expert, NIRC Certified Rug Specialist and an owner of K. Blatchford’s San Diego Rug Cleaning Company. Her blog at www.RugChick.com is the most visited and referenced website on rug education in the cleaning industry. If you would like more information about her Textile Pro training program on rugs and fine fabric care with Jim Pemberton, send an e-mail to their team at TextilePros@gmail.com

 

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The Best Machine to Clean both Carpets and Hard Surface Floors – Rotowash

The Difference: It’s not what it does, but ‘HOW’ it does it.

Lower Operating Costs

All Rotowash Carpet and Hard Surface Floor Cleaning Machines use up to 90% less* water and cleaning chemical than other conventional cleaning methods, which means large areas can be cleaned between filling and emptying. Minimal water consumption also means smaller overall machine size, less weight to move and ease of use. A Rotowash is as quick and easy to use as an upright vacuum cleaner, but with the results of a professional commercial floor cleaning machine.

The Rotowash Floor Cleaner is great machine for animal care facilities, retirement communities, contract cleaning, schools, escalators, hospitals, hotels, catering, sports and leisure centers etc.,

Check out these carpet and floor cleaning videos.

Rotowash machines produce a high quality rapid scrub, wash and dry on all types of hard floors and carpets, leaving the floors ready to walk on within minutes.

Rotowash Carpet and Hard Surface Floor Cleaning Machine

Due to the Rotowash’s unique orginal design twin cylindrical contra-rotating brush system, the contra rotation of our brushes actually combs, lifts and opens your flattened carpet pile in both directions at the same time. ( like running your fingers through your hair from back to front at the same time). This unique key action releases the trapped soiling from deep within the pile; which is left behind by other types of floor cleaners that fail to remove the deep dirt which so often results in the bad odours you experience after you have just had your carpet cleaned. Regular maintenance with a Rotowash Multi Surface Floor Cleaning Machine will restore your floor covering and remove the trapped dirt and thus release the source of these odours.

Rotowash Carpet and Hard Surface Tile & Grout Cleaning Machine

“After using many different types of floor cleaning equipment over 10 years; Rotowash….Hands Down…. is the most effective multi-surface cleaner I’ve ever used, easy to operate, low operating cost, just a smart, simple system that works every time….” Dinesh Rahman

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Ninja Warrior Professional Portable Carpet Cleaning Machine

The Ninja Line of Portable Carpet Extraction
Ninja Warrior Professional Carpet Cleaning MachineThe Ninja Line is tailored to today’s cleaning professional who desires quality equipment. You can choose from several models of the Ninja Warrior Carpet Cleaning Machine equipped from 150 to 500 PSI and optional availability of internal heaters (1850W). A dual parallel, bypass vacuum motor system is incorporated into an optimized manifold to generate more CFM producing faster carpet drying times! The Ninja delivers the best ratio of optimized heat, vacuum power and pressure for non-stop high performance cleaning without worry of blown circuits, each of the dual power cords require only 15 amps.

Faster Job Set Up
Quickly go to your job, set up and work! Each Ninja Warrior Carpet Cleaning Machine allows you to carry a 5 gallon bucket and has quart sized bottle storage on top of the recovery tank as well as a wand tray on front of machine so that you can carry more into the job on one trip.

Low Noise Levels
We all want to be as non-intrusive to our customers and keep them happy. The Ninja’s new vacuum motor exhaust muffler design allows for less noise while you are cleaning making your customers even more happy from not only a great carpet cleaning but also happy that you did it more quietly than other carpet cleaners.

Easy Maintenance and Repairs
Each Ninja has bottom access to all motor and vacuum components making it easy to maintain and repair. This design also minimizes exposure to the motor and vacuum from water or solution.

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How to Remove Ice Melt Residue from Carpets & Floors

Due to this years harsh winter, a major amount of ice melt has been tracked into homes and commercial buildings.

For years it was simple. Put rock salt on snow and ice for safety. Then chemical companies came out with products that claimed to work well with different ingredients. Many of these ingredients are of an oily nature, manufactured through a chemical process.

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We as carpet cleaners are expected to remove these ugly salt stains and have always used acid rinses such as Acetic Acid. It is just not that effective anymore due to the new Ice Melt products.

Ice Melt Removal Procedure for Carpets:

  1. Vacuum (HEPA) or Pile Lift
  2. Spray KK Salt Reducer onto carpet and give it some time to dwell.
  3. Hot steam clean with a carpet cleaning extraction machine.
  4. Pad clean with rotary machine (preferably cotton pad)
  5. If need be, pad again and or vacuum the next day.

Ice Melt Removal Procedure for Carpets

This method can be a lot of work but the other options give poor results. Good Luck!

Kleen Kuip has formulated a new product that works on carpets and hard surfaces and is far superior than traditional salt remover products.

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Salt Reducer

For “Ice Melt” Film on Carpets & Floors
Salt Reducer for Removing Ice Melt from Carpets and FlooringWorks by demineralizing salt deposits

Don’t let ice melt chemicals dull your beautiful floors and carpets. Formula KK Salt Reducer is an original formula that restores beauty to floors and carpets by removing the white film left by ice melting chemicals at entrances. Demineralizes salt deposits. Reduces slip hazards. Floor finishes and carpeting last longer.

Never have we had so much interest in a product as this year. Get ready for Spring and stock-up.

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Cleaning Olefin Berbers and After-Cleaning Challenges

Understanding Olefin and better procedure and chemistry means better cleaning for you.

  • Simple Test for Olefin – Snip a fiber and put in into a glass of water, if it floats it’s Olefin if it sinks it is other than Olefin.
  • Many cleaners have a love/hate relationship with olefin Berber carpet.
  • We love how it cleans up, but hate the problems we can have after cleaning.
  • If you use the same procedures and chemistry to clean olefin Berber, nylon Berber and wool Berber, you could end up with problems.
  • Berber is a style of carpet that originally was the name of wool loop carpet made in England. Today, it’s the name for Berber “style” carpet that is one of several different face yarns.
  • Olefin is a very common fiber of choice for Berber styles.
  • Olefin is practically non-absorbent — making it naturally stain resistant — as it only absorbs one-tenth of one percent of its weight in moisture.
  • This causes problems, however, with typical spotting.
  • A spill on olefin, because it is almost non-absorbent, can run down to the lower part of the fiber or the backing without being absorbed by the fiber.
  • Nylon or wool, unlike olefin, will absorb much of the substance before it reaches the backing.
  • This is not to be confused with dry particulate soil that must be vacuumed and that can work its way down into any carpet pile.
  • The spills have now created unseen stains that can be sitting below the surface waiting to come to the top.
  • Some migrated below the surface during the original staining, while others were on the surface and were wiped off or worn off with vacuuming or foot traffic.
  • When we clean using hot water extraction, the olefin loops are moistened.
  • This moisture provides a route to the surface for the “slush” that has been created by mixing our water with the unseen spill material in the carpet.
  • Olefin itself doesn’t wick the soil, but the moisture that is sitting on the outside of the fiber provides a great ride to the top for the spilled material.
  • The surface soils have cleaned off beautifully, while the sub-surface materials are on their way up to the surface to cause the cleaner heartache.
  • Just as they weren’t absorbed on the way down, they’re also not absorbed on the way back up.
  • You get a call next day: “My carpet looks terrible! I think you ruined it. It has spots on it that weren’t there before!”

Best Cleaning Practices

  1. Cleaning Olefin PresprayVacuum, vacuum, vacuum and vacuum again. Pull up as much dry particulate soil as you can, “the easy way.”
  2. If wet cleaning, use a pre-conditioner designed for olefin. They do work better on olefin. Being oleophilic (oil loving), the oxidized oily soils on the olefin fiber can be a tough nut to remove.
  3. Don’t apply as much pre-conditioner on olefin as you would on nylon or wool, because the olefin fibers won’t absorb the chemical. You don’t need as much and you don’t want it running down the fibers.
  4. The surface of serious spill type stains can be bonneted off with a cotton pad or wiped off with a towel after preconditioning. You will prevent the material removed from being pushed down into the carpet with the water pressure of your wand. This isn’t always needed, but it’s better to be on the side of caution and do it too often rather than not enough.
  5. Sometimes, if you don’t have a rotary machine, vacuuming with your wand after preconditioning will remove 30 percent to 40 percent of the staining material. That means less to get pushed down into the non-absorbent fiber. (The idea is to have all the cleaning motion to be in the “up” direction, not “down”)
  6. At this point you can re-apply (if needed) another light mist of pre-conditioner and agitate the face pile with a grooming brush.
  7. Turn down the water pressure, perhaps in the range of 200-250 psi. The soil should be sitting there waiting to be rinsed off the surface. You don’t need or want a lot of pressure.

Who’s going to pay?

Now, you’re thinking, “How much do I charge for all these steps? I think we’re up to $1.50 per square foot by now.”

It doesn’t take as long as it sounds and not every carpet will need these steps.

However, even on the lightly soiled ones, extreme vacuuming is needed, along with using less pre-conditioner and pump pressure.

Final rinsing and drying.

Depending on your dry stroke technique, you may need to change it for olefin Berber.

If you rinse all the way across for eight feet or so and then come back to dry stroke, you will want to change so that each rinse stroke is immediately followed by one or more dry strokes.

This removes your cleaning solution and soils before they have a chance to work down the carpet pile.

Rinse with a slightly alkaline to neutral product through the machine. An acid after a high alkaline, which is what olefin prespray is, can leave a whitish look from salts that can form.

Bonneting with a cotton pad can assist in the drying, as the wand sometimes bounces over the surface and leaves a layer of moisture.

Bonneting, on olefin Berber, can help clean between the uneven loops where the wand couldn’t go. It can also help prevent wick-back of spots.

Use airmovers, and get it dry — fast.

Encapsulation

Thus far, we have addressed mainly hot water extraction with olefin Berbers. This is because HWE is the most common cleaning method, especially in residential settings.

Another effective way to clean olefin Berber, if you have the equipment, is encapsulation using a rotary machine and a bonnet pad.

Typical bonnet cleaning methods would apply here.

It’s very effective at cleaning, and also does a good job at preventing wick-back.

One caution: Be sure to rotary only dampened, lubricated carpet fiber. Etched olefin from pads or brushes spinning cannot be removed without resorting to carpet repair techniques.

It’s not all bad.

Some understanding of olefin and how it works can make dealing with it much easier.

Olefin is great for family rooms that get heavy “kid use,” or for rental homes, because of its natural stain resistance.

It’s perfect for areas that are prone to water-based stains.

And there you have it…cleaning Olefin with the proper knowledge and understanding can save you many headaches down the road.

Happy Cleaning!

Dennis Klager is an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-approved instructor. He can be reached at dkcaw@hotmail.com.

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