Low Moisture Carpet Cleaning

Lessons

1. Introduction to Low Moisture Cleaning

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

  Low Moisture Cleaning In the world of carpet cleaning, there remains a systemic debate…more water or less water. Technologies are changing rapidly as advances in chemicals and equipment race forward. As these technologies present themselves, it is in our best interest to keep ourselves…

2. Definitions and Industry Terms

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

  Detergency Detergency is the imparting of free-flowing abilities to undesired foreign   substances without damaging the material to which they are attached. Independently or collectively, it is created from four all-encompassing elements:   Chemistry   Heat / Temperature (Electromagnetic Energy)   Agitation (Mechanical Energy)  …

3. Processes

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

  All cleaning process should begin with dry soil removal and vacuuming Dry carpet cleaning systems are more accurately known as “very low moisture” (VLM) systems, relying on dry compounds complemented by application cleaning solutions, and are growing significantly in market share due in part…

4. What is soil?

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

  Basically, anything foreign to the construction of the fiber. Where do we find the soil?  Most soil will be at the entrance. One study showed it takes 15 steps or about 45 feet.   Walk off mats both inside and outside will help with keeping…

5. Pre-vacuuming

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

  This is the MOST EFFECTIVE WAY of removing soil. In all classes, that we teach this is usually the least welcome news but it is critical, especially in low moisture and VLM.   Let us see why pre-vacuuming is such an advantage.   All…

6. Soil Suspension and Agitation

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

  So now we have removed insoluble soil, what’s next?   Pre-conditioners Whether we are using a pre-spray, encapsulant, shampoo, or an absorbent compound we must be able to break down the water soluble and dry solvent soluble oily soils into suspension.  These can be…

7. Types of Low Moisture Systems – Vacuums

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Vacuuming Systems   The most important step in any carpet restorative cleaning function is proper initial vacuuming.  There are many different styles of vacuums that offer highly effective means of dry soil removal.  To ensure that you are using the most effective equipment, look for...

8. Dry Absorbent and Adsorbent Media

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

The absorbent compound method (also called dry cleaner method) is a cleaning process that employs an absorbent/adsorbent media that has been mixed with various cleaning ingredients which is applied to the carpet and agitated with any of a variety of specially designed machines. The absorbent...

9. Bonnet Brush Machine

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

This machine combines both the brush and bonnet. The brush gives the agitation and the bonnet picks up the soil. This works great with encapsulation. Here are some bonnets that can be used.         Bonnet driver with Brush

10. Bonnet and OP cleaning

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Using a 175 RPM rotary or oscillating or orbital pad machine fitted with a drive brush or pad holder several different types of bonnets and pads are used to agitate, trap, or absorb to remove suspended soil.   Fiber pads Absorbent, Adsorbent, and Microfiber pads...

11. Bonnet Cleaning with Steam Vapor

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

The steam vapor system employs the use of live, low moisture, high temperature steam vapor to release the soils entrapped upon and within the carpet fibers with minimal agitation.  High temperature steam vapor flows from the steam generator, through the bonnet and into the carpet. ...

12. Dry Foam

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Low moisture extraction cleaning (Most commonly known as dry foam) is a minimum moisture Cleaning system. The foam is generated by mechanical aeration and is distributed via a mechanical brush system.  Some systems are self-contained and the cleaning process, that cleans carpet as well as...

13. Rotary Shampoo

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

(175 to 300 RPM) Floormachine Shampoo System with Pad   Using a swing type 175 to 300 RPM rotary floor machine equipped with a driver block with gripping bristles or connectors of various types are used. This driver block connects a pad that is normally...

14. Shampoo Triple Head

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

As in all systems vacuuming is the universal 1st step to soil removal.   Once the proper dry soil removal is done, thoroughly vacuum with an upright vacuum, the carpet may be pre-sprayed if the procedure and soil condition dictate.   The Triple Head Floor...

16. LMCCA White Paper

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Low Moisture Cleaning   In the world of carpet cleaning, there remains a systemic debate…more water or less water. Technologies are changing rapidly as advances in chemicals and equipment race forward. As these technologies present themselves, it is in our best interest to keep ourselves...