When it comes to the cleanliness of commercial spaces, one cannot underestimate the importance of maintaining clean carpets. Whether it's hotels, restaurants, or movie theaters, people often glance down at the floor, and the appearance of stains or a dirty carpet can greatly impact their perception of the facility.
To ensure we achieve the desired results, it's crucial to use the appropriate cleaning method for the specific application. While there are numerous carpet cleaning processes available, two of the most widely used methods are water extraction and encapsulation carpet cleaning.
Let's dive into encapsulation cleaning and understand why it has become the preferred choice for maintaining commercial carpets. Encapsulation carpet cleaning, although relatively new (developed around 10 years ago), has proven to be effective and reliable. It has gained widespread acceptance and recommendation from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), a leading authority in carpet cleaning.
So, what exactly is encapsulation carpet cleaning? It falls under the category of low-volume moisture cleaning, also known as LVM. In this method, a minimal amount of moisture is used, typically combined with surfactants or detergents. To give you a better understanding, I'll briefly explain the process.
An orbital machine with three spinning pads is employed to introduce the water and chemicals into the carpet. The pads spin in one direction while a large wheel holding them spins in the opposite direction, providing thorough agitation. The low moisture content in LVM ensures quick drying, while the surfactants and detergents work to remove soil from the carpet fibers.
Imagine the soil adhering to the carpet fibers and then being detached by the cleaning solution. The soil particles become suspended and "float" in the liquid. At this point, a polymer is introduced. This polymer is a thin plastic that is brittle when dry. You can think of it as being similar to how dried super glue flakes off your hands. At a microscopic level, the polymer surrounds the dirt and dust, crystallizing as it dries.
Once the polymer has dried and crystallized, it remains on the carpet fibers. When you bring in a vacuum cleaner with a rotating beater bar, the friction fractures the polymer, causing it to release the trapped dirt and dust. This process allows your vacuum cleaner to act as a carpet cleaning machine, continuously improving the cleanliness of your carpets.
The beauty of encapsulation cleaning lies in its gradual fracturing action. The polymer only fractures a small amount each time, ensuring the protection of the carpet fibers. Consequently, your carpets will appear cleaner with each vacuuming session. As a general rule, the polymer stays effective for approximately three months before reapplication is needed.
It's important not to confuse encapsulation cleaning with products like Scotchgard or 3M, which are designed to repel liquids from soaking into the carpet fibers. Encapsulation cleaning, on the other hand, is specifically designed to fracture and remove soil.
Now, let's briefly touch upon the second method, water extraction. Water extraction also has its place in carpet cleaning and should not be dismissed. In this method, surfactants and detergents are sprayed onto the carpet and agitated to loosen the soil. The goal is to ensure that the soil does not adhere to the carpet fibers.
Both encapsulation cleaning and water extraction are valuable carpet cleaning techniques, each with its own advantages. By understanding their unique processes, you can make informed decisions about the most suitable method for your facility.
Maintaining clean carpets is an essential aspect of creating a welcoming and pleasant environment in commercial spaces. With encapsulation cleaning, you can ensure that your carpets stay clean, while also protecting their longevity. So, next time you glance down at your facility's carpets, remember the power of encapsulation cleaning and its role in maintaining a positive perception for your visitors.