Light Wand Techniques

General Principles There are probably as many different wand stroking techniques as there are technicians using light wands. Let’s review some general principles as well as three basic wand stroking techniques you should be familiar with. The cleaning tool should be comfortable to the operator. Adjust the handle so the operator can clean in an upright position. You won’t last long in this business if … Continue reading Light Wand Techniques

Bonnet/Spin Pad Cleaning

Theory Bonnet cleaning is commonly referred to as a “dry” carpet cleaning system. Although not completely dry, bonnet cleaning is considered a low moisture carpet cleaning system. Bonnet cleaning is accomplished by spraying a detergent/solvent solution over the face of the carpet pile. This can be done with hand pump style sprayers, power sprayers, CO2 pressure tanks or specialized spray systems attached to the floor … Continue reading Bonnet/Spin Pad Cleaning

Steam/Extraction Carpet Cleaning

Theory The term “steam cleaning” is derived from the original concept of the equipment first utilized in the steam extraction process. Solution pressures were created by large heat generators that relied upon pressure to deliver cleaning solutions to the cleaning tool. A crude vacuum system was used for recovering cleaning solutions. Equipments utilizing high pressure pumps, to deliver cleaning solutions to the cleaning tools and … Continue reading Steam/Extraction Carpet Cleaning

Dry Soil Removal – The Pile Lifter and Vacuum

The best preventative solution is to use walk-off mats at entrance areas. This will remove most soil from the shoes of people entering, if the mats are serviced regularly. Improvements in carpet cleaning equipment, especially with the introduction of the “Truck Mounted Super Cleaners,” has resulted in probably the most commonly overlooked fundamental of all cleaning methods today – proper pre-cleaning vacuuming. Almost 80% of … Continue reading Dry Soil Removal – The Pile Lifter and Vacuum

Fluorescent Optical Brighteners

Optical Brighteners are fluorescent dyes (chemical ingredients) that appear fluoresce blue/white under ultraviolet light and tend to make light colors appear brighter. They show up in sunlight or fluorescent lighting in particular. Be careful in using any product which contains them as a spotter. Each spot, after drying, may appear lighter than the surrounding carpet, looking like color loss. Also, various carpet manufacturers have expressed … Continue reading Fluorescent Optical Brighteners

Rotary Shampoo

Theory Rotary shampooing is one of the oldest methods of cleaning carpet on location. In recent years, it has received undue criticism from promoters of steam extraction cleaning. Rotary shampooing, when used properly is in fact a very effective system for cleaning carpet. Rotary shampooing utilizes a 175 RPM rotary floor machine equipped with a solution tank and shower feed brush. After thorough vacuuming, the … Continue reading Rotary Shampoo

Restorative Carpet Cleaning Methods

Restorative carpet cleaning methods include rotary shampoo and hot water extraction. These corrective cleaning methods are designed for handling heavy soiling conditions. They require higher operator training and skill levels as they have more potential for damage if improperly used. The Hydramaster RX-20 is a tool every cleaner should have. (machine pictured above in the middle) The amazing RX-20 Rotary Jet Extractor has revolutionized the … Continue reading Restorative Carpet Cleaning Methods