1.   Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum

Yes, we said it 3 times because it is so important to remove as much dry soil as possible!

89% of the soil in the carpet comes out by vacuuming correctly.  Make slow overlapping passes with an upright vacuum cleaner and clean with a high filtration recovery bag.

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  2.   Pre-Treat and Pre-Spot

After placing wet floor signs around your area prepare a pump-up, compressed air sprayer with the recommended ration of pre-spray at 10 to 20 oz per gallon of pre-spray and/or traffic lane cleaner. Use up to 1 gallon per 1000 square feet.

Allow 5 to 10 minutes dwell time for the cleaning solutions to break down the soiling.  Apply heavy application on traffic lanes and know spots and spills.


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  3.   Allow the chemical to dwell.

This is an important, yet often overlooked step in the carpet cleaning process.

Think about it this way: the more time your chemical has on the carpet, the more time it has to come in contact with the dirt and grime. The minimum amount of dwell time should be from 15-20 minutes to be effective.

Let the chemical do the heavy lifting for you!

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  4.   Agitate the wet carpet.

Agitate the wet carpet with a disc brush and swing machine (floor machine) or a cylinder brush scrubber. This agitation will help break up the dirt and soil, loosening it from the carpet pile.

This step will make extraction much easier on carpet that needs a serious deep cleaning.

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  5.   Turn up the heat with a hot water carpet extractor.

Hot water extraction using properly mixed acid side cleaner ( an anti-browning treatment). Using a heated carpet extractor, this step will remove the solubilized oils and soils, neutralizing the detergents of the pre-spray which brightens the carpet fiber and prevents re-soiling.  Make slow, overlapping wand strokes.

Inspect for spots that remain and reapply all-purpose spotter, agitate and allow dwell time. Directly extract any of these spot areas. Using a small detail tool with your carpet extractor will deeply and completely clean and dry these areas of additional saturation rather than additional cleaning strokes with the full wand.

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  6.   Dry, Dry, Dry.

Yes, we said this also three times because it is extremely important to the appearance of your work.  The HVAC system should be turned on and working to remove moisture from the air. Carpet dryers should be staged to create moisture removing air movement.

Quickly drying the carpet prevents the re-soiling caused by moisture-wicking of deep soil (if any remains).

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