Filtration Soiling – What is it?
Those ugly dark lines along the edges of the carpet, what is it? You’ve vacuumed regularly. You have even paid special attention to the baseboard and the edges of the carpet, but the edges still look dirty or discolored. It is not your fault. It is natural process that happens over time.
Filtration Soiling – Causes
It is caused by air passing through the carpet and being “filtered” as it escapes to the edges. The carpet is actually acting like a giant filter. The soils are from a lot of different sources such as cooking oils, soot from candles, fireplaces, sand and other indoor air pollutants. The soil particles are microscopic and easily penetrate and bond to carpet fibers. Routine vacuuming helps but it is difficult even for professional carpet cleaners to completely remove it.
People notice this more on carpets that are lighter colored but it happens on all carpets. We often get calls from people asking if a normal carpet cleaning will take care of the black edges of the carpet. A normal cleaning will help, but it will not completely remove them and you may not be satisfied with the results.
Filtration Soiling – Removal
A professional carpet cleaner will apply a specialized cleaning agent to help break it up and loosen it. Then they will had scrub the edges, creating a light foam that suspends the soil. They will extract the cleaning agent with a detail tool, rinse and extract to flush and remove the soil and cleaning agents. They then apply an anti-resoiling agent to help prevent re-soiling in the future.
Back to school means different things to people. No matter who you are, the beginning of a new school year brings various emotions. One thing everyone will have in common is the new cleaning challenges that back to school will bring.
Spilled wax on carpets isn’t fun for anyone. As summer winds down and autumn nears the stores are bringing out candles in harvest scents. It is hard to resist the comforting fragrance and glow of candlelight. What do you do when you happen to spill some wax on your carpet though?
VOC: What is it?
If you have been shopping for new carpet you may have seen tags saying “low VOC” or something similar. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. If you are like me, when you see the word “organic” you think it means good things. In this case it doesn’t mean healthy food. This has to do with air quality. Everything gives off gases naturally or “organically”. The higher the VOC, the more gases are given off. The new car smell is from VOC and so is the new carpet smell, adhesive smells etc.
Berber Carpet – What is is?
Berber carpet is one of the most popular carpets on the market today. It is made by looping the yarns through the carpet backing. It is very durable and spill resistant. It can be made of nylon, olefin, polyester or wool. The wool and nylon versions have a cushiony feel and are comfortable.
Yesterday’s rain here in Northern Virginia had people reaching for umbrellas and listening to flash flood alerts. For some, it also meant a wet carpet. While prevention is the best thing to do, sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
Frieze is a style of carpet. The fiber strands are highly twisted and curl on themselves. It can be one solid color or have specks for color.
I have a paint spill!
This is the time of year when people like to paint. A lot of people relocate in the summer months and that means painting the current home and the new home. Whether the home owner is doing the painting or they have hired a professional, accidents still happen.
IICRC – What is it?
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It is a non-profit organization that sets the standard for inspection, cleaning and restoration industries worldwide. It is in 25 countries over the world and seeks to promote an international standard of care.
Certified technicians are trained and must complete the curriculum courses and pass the standardized exams.
How long does it take carpets to dry?
Carpet drying times is one of the most commonly asked questions in the carpet cleaning industry. If you are having your carpets cleaned by hot water extraction there are several factors that will affect the drying time.