As our company is diving deeper into providing excellent professional carpet cleaning services for our customers, I am diving deeper into exploring green and eco friendly techniques to improve the way we do business. As you are probably well aware, there are two distinct possibilities for cleaning your carpets. Our company offers both depending on what a customer desires. It’s really hard to determine who is right in the ongoing argument on which technique is better, since each does have its pros and cons. I will give you the information for both below and allow you to judge for yourself!

1.Dry Carpet Cleaning

“Dry” cleaning uses a minimal amount of liquid and a blend of compounds. This process uses a homogenized blend of solvents, including a cleaning agent, rinsing agent, and neutralizing agent, heated to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and applied to the carpet. The application is done with an electric rotary machine with a towel like bonnet that buffs the carpet, and collects the dirt that is brought to the surface with agitation.

2.Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning

Steam extraction is most commonly used for carpet cleaning. This truck-mounted system uses antimicrobial, urine and odor treatment chemicals. This process uses the same chemicals used in “dry” cleaning, but the rinsing agent is blended in the truck-mount, and more water is used in rinsing. The wand handled by the technician has a physical connection to the truck mount and it simultaneously shoots steam into the carpet, and sucks it back up along with any dirt.

Both methods use the same chemicals and roughly the same course of action in cleaning. While dry cleaning is less wasteful of gas (since work is done by a rotary machine manually manipulated and plugged in to the electrical outlet of the house), the steam cleaning method is more time effective for the most part.

I provided you with information about both methods, but in this article I will focus specifically on the more common steam cleaning method.

Process

We ask all of our customers to use their best vacuum to try and pick up as much as possible of the “easy” dirt off of the carpets. Vacuuming removes most particulate soil.

When the technician arrives on site, after protecting doors, corners and other valuables, as well as moving any small items out of the way, technician will apply the pretreatment and conditioning to loosen soil with a mild solvent cleaner that is sprayed on.

Using the wand of the truck mounted steam cleaner, technician will use the extraction method to rinse away the cleaning solvent.

What we call “nap setting” is the process of drying that takes place immediately after the cleaning. Depending on different conditions it could take between 4-6 hours to dry. This time allows the remaining solvent to vaporize and dry and any remaining particles to crystallize.

As long as these procedures (standardized and enforced by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) are exactly followed, your indoor air quality should no longer pose a health concern both for the cleaner and those at the residence or business.

Chemicals

My reading showed that many products used by professional carpet cleaners contain the infamous dry cleaning agent, perchloroethylene (perc) or naphthalene, a possibly carcinogenic solvent linked to red blood cell damage.

Beyond the potential cancer-causing risks of both perc and naphthalene, many people report dizziness, nausea and irritation from the fumes. Pets are equally affected. Neither substance has any place in a healthy home.

Orange Carpets has chosen to use Soap Free Procyon for all of our carpet cleaning projects. It is non toxic, detergent free, odor free, hypo-allergenic, uses all natural ingredients, and has no enzymes that eat protein (such as human skin). It is made of all natural degreasers and water softeners that dissolve and emulsify dirt. The particles that are not rinsed out by the steam cleaner, will dry to a crystallized form that will allow them to be easily picked up the next time you vacuum your carpet.

The higher temperature available through our methods of cleaning (up to 260 degrees Fahrenheit) can allow for milder chemical agents to reach excellent results!

The Soap Free Procyon meets the Green Seal environmental standard for industrial and institutional cleaners based on its reduced human and environmental toxicity and reduced volatile organic compound content. This makes it ideal for application in schools, hospitals, restaurants and other sensitive spaces – and why should we use any less than that in regular homes?

What do we do with wastewater?

Untreated wastewater, such as the water that is the result of a carpet cleaning project (the water that is mixed up with cleaning solution, and other substances and dirt, picked up from your carpet) is unsafe for disposal just anywhere. Irresponsible disposal of such waste water could result in contaminating water bodies where storm drains ultimately lead water to. Our policy dictates the water that is sucked up from the carpet cleaning in each job must be stored in a holding tank inside the truck mount in the carpet cleaning van for later disposal. At the end of the day the water from all jobs is disposed into a sanitary sewer ensuring it goes to municipal treatment facilities and not directly into our beautiful San Diego Bay.  Our goal is to keep you up to date on all the latest San Diego carpet cleaning updates and news.

 

Keep it clean!!

Keep it clean!!

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