Directly related to beauty and durability of your facilities carpeting is the care and maintenance you provide. With regular cleaning, you can maintain your carpeting at an excellent level of appearance. This is one of its great advantages. However, no carpet can be maintenance free.
The challenge you face is how do you keep it looking it’s best despite traffic and soil. The Kleenco Carpet Care Program will help you achieve your goal of increasing the life of your carpet and protecting the investment you have made.
One of the most neglected areas in caring for carpeting is routine maintenance. Affecting the life and appearance of your carpets is the type and quality of your routine maintenance procedures. Most soil collects within the first few feet of the entry to your building. Much of this soil has an abrasive content that can be very damaging once it gathers in your carpet. A good carpet program will trap this damaging soil with the right style of entry mat. If possible, place your mat before the carpet area. Maintain the mat by periodic vacuuming, and cleaning. Consult your Kleenco Distributor for advice on the best mat for your application.
Most authorities consider vacuuming to be the most vital procedure in carpet care. Regular vacuuming will remove damaging soil and restore the pile. The longer soil stays in the carpet the more difficult it becomes to remove.
The key to effective vacuuming is knowing how often to vacuum. This will vary from facility to facility but the following applies to all buildings. In heavy traffic areas frequent vacuuming is required. With daily vacuuming being the preferred procedure. The entire carpet is vacuumed at least weekly regardless of the traffic.
The most effective vacuums are those powered by dual motors and equipped with a beater brush. Maintain your vacuums efficiency by keeping bags, filters and recovery tanks clean.
Slow forward and backward motion is the best vacuuming method. This allows the vacuum suction to pickup the soil loosened by the beater brush. Spend more time in heavy traffic areas where the soil accumulates.
RESTORATIVE CLEANING PROCEDURES
You should schedule your carpeting for restorative maintenance at least annually. Schedule twice a year restorative cleaning in cases of extreme traffic or damaging soil.
Restorative cleaning involves the use of hot water extraction equipment (also known as “steam cleaning”). This method employs pressure pumps to apply the cleaning solution, and high power vacuums to remove the soil in the one pass.
Today there is a wide variety of effective extraction cleaning equipment on the market. Machine types include heavy duty truck mount, convenient portables and easy to use self-contained extractors. Highly recommended, the extraction cleaning system can pull a large percentage of soil and detergent buildup out of the carpet. As a result, carpets keep their clean appearance for a longer time.
- Thoroughly vacuum and pre-spot carpet.
- Pre-spray heavily soiled areas and traffic lanes with Kleenco’s Kleen Lane. Allow solution to work 5 to 10 minutes before extraction.
- Following label instructions dilute the preferred extraction detergent (Carpet Brite, Formula “K” or Challenge) with warm water in the extractor’s solution tank.
- Extract following machine instructions.
- Use Kleenco’s Foam Down when encountering excess foaming. For best results follow label instructions.
- Allow carpet to dry (1 to 12 hours) before allowing traffic.
A special lane pretreatment designed to dissolve stubborn soils such as grease, oil and heavy traffic. Safe for use on new generation carpets.
A powerful, low foaming, low alkaline cleaner designed for use in self contained, portable extraction units and spin bonnet carpet cleaning. Formulated to remove a wide range of soils and stains promoting cleaner, brighter carpets. Special additives keep carpets looking clean longer.
LIQUID FORMULA “K”
A heavy-duty, concentrated emulsifier formulated for use in truck mounted carpet extraction equipment. Formulated with Natroso environmentally safe soil releasing agent. Compatible with all stain resist carpet treatments.
- Placing foil under the legs of furniture will prevent dye bleeding and rust stains from furniture legs.
- If streaking or uneven cleaning occurs, unplug the jets of the machine spray nozzles.
- To remove excess liquid and speed drying time, make a second cleaning pass using only the vacuum for pickup.
Spin Bonnet Cleaning
As in any carpet cleaning procedure, thorough vacuuming before cleaning is imperative. If needed, apply a traffic lane conditioner such as Kleenco’s Kleen Lane 5 to 10 minutes before spin cleaning. (For removal of stubborn stains, refer to the stain remover chart, which is part of this brochure.)
- Mix cleaning solution (Kleenco’s Carpet Brite) according to label instructions, with warm water.
Lightly Soiled Carpets: Using a pressure type sprayer, apply diluted cleaning solution to spin bonnet and carpet. Apply additional solution as needed during spin cleaning by spraying carpet. One gallon of solution will cover about 300 to 400 square feet of carpet.
Traffic Lanes and Heavy Soil: Presoak bonnet in cleaning solution, wring out tightly.
- Properly position bonnet under conventional buffing equipment (175-300 rpm). Work in an overlapping pattern.
- Turn and change bonnet as it becomes soiled. Before cleaning heavy soil, presoak your bonnet in cleaning solution. Replace cleaning solution as it becomes visibly dirty. Do not allow bonnet to dry during spin cleaning. It may damage carpet. Allow carpets to dry (approximately 1 to 3 hours) before permitting traffic.
Dry Foam Shampooing
Dry foam carpet shampooing is a minimum-moisture system used on virtually any carpet, natural or synthetic. This simple method of shampooing uses equipment that converts shampoo solution into a low moisture foam. The machine brushes the foam through the carpet fibers to loosen soil.
- Thoroughly vacuum to remove particle soil buildup.
- In heavy soil situations, apply a pre-conditioner such as Kleenco’s Kleen Lane to emulsify stubborn soils.
- Apply the dry-foam shampoo Kleenco’s Sahara Dry using the proper equipment. Once the carpet is dry (1 to 3 hours) vacuum the carpet to remove remaining detergent and soil.
Kleen-Lane is an effective combination of chemicals designed to make easy work of carpet cleaning. Even those areas heavily encrusted with grease, oil, and heavy traffic. Safe for use on new generation carpets.
A residue free cleaning agent formulated for best spin bonnet carpet cleaning results. Carpet Brite will loosen and dissolve all common carpet soils immediately for fast bonnet pickup. Leaves no residue to attract soil. Regular use keeps carpeting at a high level of appearance.
A combination of high foaming wetting and drying agents, inorganic builders, buffers, solvents, and deodorizers that produce effective deep cleaning action. Emulsifies all common carpet soils. Formulated especially for dry foam carpet cleaning methods and equipment.
SALVAGE CLEANING PROCEDURES
Precondition/Rotary Shampoo/Extract Cleaning
Salvage cleaning is clearly the most aggressive carpet cleaning technique. A procedure reserved for carpets with severe soiling problems or suffering from infrequent maintenance.
This technique is actually a combination of preconditioning, rotary shampooing and hot water extraction cleaning. This method leaves the carpet cleaner than any other method.
The rotary action of the shampoo machine and the chemical action of the shampoo and preconditioning agent combine to loosen and emulsify soils. The extraction step flushes out the detergent solution as well as deeply imbedded soils.
- Thoroughly vacuum and pre-spot carpet.
- Carefully following label instructions apply Kleenco’s Kleen Lane to all areas of the carpet. Allow solution to work 5 to 10 minutes before shampooing.
- Mix Kleenco’s Concentrated Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo according to label instructions. Add this diluted solution to the shampoo tank.
- Shampoo carpet in an overlapping pattern, applying a minimum amount of shampoo solution. (One gallon of diluted solution should cover 100 – 500 square feet). Release shampoo with the first pass only. Then work shampoo into the carpet fibers using a circular motion. Let the brush do the work.
- Using your extraction machine filled with clear water extract the carpet. One rinse pass followed by two vacuum passes. Use Kleenco’s Foam Down when encountering excess foaming.
- Allow carpet to dry (1 to 12 hours) before allowing traffic.
Powdered Formula “K”
A heavy-duty, concentrated powdered emulsifier for use in truck mounted and portable extraction carpet extraction equipment. This special non-foaming, soil releasing detergent contains special brighteners, air fresheners and corrosion inhibitors for best cleaning performance. When properly mixed Formula “K” will dilute easily and give maximum residue free cleaning.
Powdered extraction detergent. Formulated in a concentrated blend that is effective in dissolving all common carpet soils and stains. Designed to mix instantly in hot or cold water. For use in truck mounted extraction equipment.
Concentrated Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo
Concentrated shampoo formula. Produces a high foaming, condensed lather cleaning action for effective soil penetration. Loosens and lifts out embedded dirt, oil, grease and stains.
Stops foam building up in recovery tanks.
POST-CLEANING CARPET TREATMENTS
The use of post cleaning treatments can significantly improve your carpet’s long term performance.
Soil and Stain Protective Treatments
There are three types of soil retardants: Fluorochemical (Retain with Dupont Teflon) Silicone. (Carpet Tec) and Polymeric (Contractor’s Soil-Guard). Fluorochemicals resist grease and oil better than the other types.
Use silicone base protectors to treat carpets that are prone to water base stains. Do not use silicones on new generation or “stain resist” carpeting.
Strictly designed to enhance soil resistance polymeric treatments have no value in preventing water or oil based staining.
When applying these treatments always follow label instructions. The label contains coverage information that will aid you in proper application of the treatment. Apply all types of carpet treatment only after spot removal and carpet cleaning. For best coverage use a pump up type pressure sprayer. Apply a touch-up treatment after each restorative cleaning procedure.
Such as Kleenco’s Stat-Zap will end static shock when sprayed onto carpets after cleaning. For best results apply antistatic treatments to freshly cleaned carpets using a pump up type sprayer for large areas. Treat smaller areas using a trigger sprayer. Apply a very fine mist lightly but thoroughly to entire carpeted area.
For successful treatment of odors apply a malodor solution such as Kleenco’s Pleascent directly to the original source of the odor. To accomplish this, use a pump-up type sprayer to spray a light mist of the solution onto the carpet then brush it into the carpet. To solve severe odor problems, inject Kleenco’s Kitty Scram or Maxim into the carpet backing with a hypodermic needle. You can also deodorize carpets by adding either of these products in the proper amount to your carpet cleaning solution (see label for dilution instructions).
A fluorochemical carpet treatment, formulated with Dupont Teflon and available in three popular formulas. Water base super concentrate makes 16 gallons of protector. Water base concentrate makes 4 gallons of protector. Water base R.T.U. is ready-to-use.
Solvent base fluorochemical carpet treatment with wicking action for complete protection.
Solvent base silicone carpet treatment for best protection against water-borne stains and fiber friction.
CONTRACTOR’S SOIL GUARD
Polymeric treatment designed to reduce carpet soiling.
Highly effective in reducing static shock prevalent during periods of low humidity. Formulated for use on both natural and synthetic fibers.
Designed to remove unpleasant carpet odors. Compatible with all Kleenco carpet cleaning solutions.
KITTY SCRAM or MAXIM
Malodor neutralizer. Active against all common odor sources including animal urine, excrement, vomit and death odors.
Spot removal is essential in maintaining the appearance of your carpet. Giving quick attention to spills will make spot removal easier and reduce damage to the carpet. Kleenco’s Effortless will work to remove most common spots. Treat unusual stains with Kleenco’s Professional Spot Remover Kit.
Six Steps to Successful Stain Removal
- Remove the spot or stain as soon as possible. Allowing the stain to set makes it more difficult to remove.
- Try to identify the type of stain whenever possible. The composition of the stain will determine what method and which spotter to use.
- Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to make certain the solution will not damage the fiber or the dye.
- For fresh stains caused by spills of liquids remove as much liquid as possible. Blotting with clean white absorbent toweling is the preferred method. For stains caused by spills of solid materials, gently remove the soil with a spoon, or rubber spatula. Then use the appropriate spot remover.
- Avoid spreading stains by working from the outside edge of the stain towards the center. Avoid overwetting the carpet by applying too much stain remover. Always blot the stain, do not rub. Finish by rinsing with water to remove excess spotter and residue.
- Complete stain removal by applying a one-half inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area. Weigh the towels down with a flat, heavy object. Continue to change paper towels as needed.