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Professional Tips & Tricks of the Carpet Cleaning Industry – Olefin Fiber

Olefin fiber is becoming very prevalent in today’s carpets and furniture.

If you don’t know or understand how to clean Olefin properly and professionally you are in for big headaches.

A SureFire Test for Olefin:

Snip a small fiber and place it into a glass of water. If it floats it is Olefin. If it sinks it is other than Olefin fiber. If it goes up and down like a yo-yo it is a blend of Olefin and other fibers.

Cleaning Olefin Carpet

HELP! Cleaning Olefin Carpet

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Professional Tips & Tricks of the Carpet Cleaning Industry – Capture Dry Cleaning Powder

Are you aware that Capture Carpet Dry Cleaning Powder works very well on reappearing spots and stains?

Simply sprinkle it on, brush it in and then have your customer dry vacuum the next day. If necessary, leave some of the product with the customer just in case it needs a second or third treatment. (Don’t forget to put the powder into a bottle that has your company logo and phone number on it so they know who to call the next time they require a cleaning).

Capture is also a great safe furniture cleaner when you are apprehensive about cleaning difficult (and expensive) fabrics.

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Carpet Pile Lifters

Let’s go one step beyond vacuuming.

A Carpet Pile Lifter is a piece of equipment that many carpet cleaners know nothing about. Years ago Pile Lifting was actually part & partial to the specs that were asked for in a carpet cleaning quote. If you could not provide a pile lifting service you did not get the job.

The 1998 Building Service Contractors Association International Carpet Guide says “The pile brush type vacuum will remove deeply embedded soil, and open up a nap more than a regular, lightweight vacuum. Usually, a pile brush machine will be used weekly on traffic lanes, monthly on all of the carpeted areas, and always just before any cleaning process. The pile brush vacuum is a dual-purpose machine because it is used both to maintain commercial carpet and to clean”

Shaw Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of carpet, says, “Using a pile lifter in traffic lanes just prior to cleaning will remove the deeply embedded soil and open up the pile so the hot water extraction can be more effective. After using a pile lifter, the final step…will be less difficult.”
Additionally, Shaw’s recommendation for in-house maintenance specifies “Use a pile lifter…in high traffic areas.” Shaw’s description of a pile brush might as well be Certified’s pile brush, it is “…an upright two motor vacuum with a large, adjustable, gentle bristle brush with a motor, a high suction vacuum motor, and a sand trap.”

These machines will dig potatoes out of carpets and yes, why make mud pies in your customers carpets? Many carpet cleaners today cut too many corners.

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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.

Brush MachineImprovements 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 all carpet soil, even fine and particulate, can be removed with dry soil extraction; therefore, it seems ludicrous that so little attention is given to this important area. Vacuuming should be accomplished with good quality commercial vacuum cleaners and a power pile lifter. (Empty vacuum cleaner bags when no more than 2/3 full.) Pile lifters utilize two separate heavy duty motors. One motor drives the large cylindrical brush for superior agitation, pile restoration and grooming while another vacuum motor is used to provide proper airflow.

Always work away from power cords and insure that the plug is properly grounded. When pile lifting and/or vacuuming, it is important to pull the machine against the pile direction for optimum soil removal. Pile lifting is particularly critical in heavy traffic areas of commercial installations.

A good example of dry soil removal is a wet sand laden swimsuit. While the swimsuit wet, it is very difficult to shake out or remove the sand. Once the swimsuit has dried all that is required to remove the sand is just a few quick shakes. The dry sand is easily removed with very little effort. Properly maintained equipment is essential for good dry soil removal. Regular inspection and maintenance of filters, bags, belts and brushes will keep vacuum and pile lifting equipment in top operating condition.

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