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We’re now ready for the final part of the, as we refer to as, the premium service or restoration service. It’s unfortunate you can’t see all the benefits here ’cause this carpet is in the right condition but this is–really makes an ideal improvement to the carpet when you have a carpet that’s just really hammered or hammered or really light carpet, really heavily soiled carpet that really has set-in soils and stains.
So we’ll show you that last step of this which is–again, with the buffer. The difference, though–just pull it back–is this is what we refer to as a bonnet. It’s a moppy-like pad that scrubs, polishes, and absorbs even more out of the carpet. Now, the final step, actually, is after taking the buffer to it, because this mats down the fiber, we want to groom this, lift those fibers back up, which will help ’em look better as they dry, but as well is it will speed up the dry time by lifting these fibers up and separating the fibers.
For many facilities, maintaining and restoring carpets can be an expensive, time-consuming commitment. To lessen the financial burden and boost outcomes, a growing number of departments are incorporating encapsulation into their carpet care regimens– either as an interim technique or, in some occasions, as a replacement for deep cleanings.
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According to most carpet cleaning experts, encapsulation is typically a much faster, easier process than hot water extraction, thereby increasing productivity and reducing labor costs.
“Encapsulation chemicals encapsulate and crystallize the soils that are attached to the carpet fibers, causing them to release from the fibers and clump together,” explains Crowe. “When the product dries, you vacuum up the crystals, and at the same time, you vacuum up the soil.”
Lonnie McDonald, president of the Low Moisture Carpet Cleaners Association in Grandview, Michigan, estimates production rates of 2,000 sq. ft. or more an hour with encapsulation, compared to approximately 600 sq. ft. an hour with hot water extraction.
” To say it has revolutionized cleaning over the last two decades would be an understatement,” says McDonald. “There’s less labor involved, so the cost per square foot is really low. Also, low moisture systems are easier to maneuver, so there is less wear and tear on the custodian.”
Encapsulation not only cleans carpets more quickly and easily than hot water extraction but experts comment that it keeps them cleaner for longer periods of time, allowing facilities to prolong the time between deep cleanings.
” If you’re using a good [encapsulating] detergent, it will actually resist soil, whereas normal carpet detergents are going to be sticky and attract soil,” says Rick Gelinas, owner of Excellent Supply, St. Petersburg, Florida.
For this reason, encapsulation is also used to address wicking problems following hot water extraction.
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” When you hot-water extract, a lot of times you’re paying for the wrongdoings of the previous cleaners,” notes Bill Yeadon, senior instructor at Jon-Don, Roselle, Illinois. “What that means is whatever residue is left in the carpet following extraction is going to wick up with the water that’s left. So, what some people do after they’ve extracted is use an encapsulation product to crystallize soil particles, making it easier to remove them by vacuuming.”
Because encapsulation counteracts wicking problems, it also excels as an interim spot removal method.
” Today, most commercial office complexes use carpet tiles, which are very dense and have a vinyl backing that restricts airflow,” says Yeadon. “This can make it difficult to remove spots and spills using hot water extraction.”
He adds that encapsulation is a great option for cleaning up after spills.
” This is particularly true in 24-hour establishments– like call centers, where people are chained to their desks and are surrounded by spills– where steam cleaning extraction would be too noisy,” Yeadon concludes.
In scenarios such as this, the custodian applies the encapsulation chemical directly to the spot or stain with a spray bottle, allowing it to surround and trap the soil. She or he then brushes the soil off the surface and eliminates it when the carpet is next vacuumed.
Along with using encapsulation to target spots and spills, Crowe recommends using it as part of a routine carpet maintenance program for high-traffic areas.
” You have about 80 percent of wear and tear and soil on about 20 percent of your carpet,” says Crowe. “So, you need to identify that 20 percent and afterward concentrate on increasing spotting, vacuuming and encapsulating in those areas.”
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