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Never Mind The Water


Water is an essential part of our lives but it can, and frequently does, cause real problems. Flooding can have horrendous consequences and, at the other extreme, minor spills need to be treated properly to avoid lasting damage. In the Restoration and Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Industry, we use water and chemical solutions, but often underestimate the importance of drying thoroughly after the application of either.


In training courses, pre-vacuuming and drying are always emphasised, but more often than not, neither are given the priority they deserve. Drying after spot removal by extra blotting, using a hair dryer or a professional dryer to speed the process as you work, will avoid wicking stains and colour loss which result from extended drying times. Just an extra pass when the weather is very damp and cold would be good practice to avoid rapid re-soiling, possible shrinkage, furniture stains and customer frustration when rooms are unusable for extended periods of time.


For extraction cleaning, using the best detergent can assist drying as fewer passes are needed to achieve the best results. Using clever solvent- boosted products such as Fast Drying Upholstery Shampoo, assists the drying process by using clever water soluble solvents to speed up


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the job. Surprisingly, not all cleaners use drying equipment; strange, as it crucial to the job, and readily available to suit every budget. Dryers can vary in price and performance, but you must consider using the best type for the conditions you have and take into account the following: your budget, the size of your transport or cupboard space, the surface being cleaned, the placement of furniture within the space, the size of the space and the levels of humidity present.


For example a low cost, compact Dri- Pod will blow downwards and cleverly divert the airfl ow through 360˚ and out 3-4m; it can also be used to blow dry upholstery when mounted on its side, keeping paper on desks. For larger areas, snail-shaped, three- speed dryers are best for use when extra drying and air fl ow is needed. If space is a problem, why not use two compact dryers that cost less than one large one, and can sometimes be more effi cient and fl exible putting the air where the drying is needed. There is now also a new generation of dryers, such as the Velo; with its clever, slim-line design and usage meter fi tted to ensure it is kept running to complete the drying process, the customer doesn’t have to turn it off to save electricity and be left wondering why areas are still wet.


Effective drying requires the balancing of air movement, relative


Drying is possibly the most important part of wet cleaning and restoration, so ChemSpec Europe describes the steps you need to take when controlling flood damage.


humidity and temperature, so the use of a Thermo-hygrometer can help to ensure the most effi cient drying. This low cost device measures and displays temperature and humidity levels to inform the user of the conditions and the stage of the drying progress achieved. Flooding can range from a spilt glass of water, a washing machine overfl ow or a torrential river or sewage backfl ow, and we will probably all come into contact with fl ooding of some kind at some point in time.


In extreme cases, whole buildings can be washed away, but more common are the issues such as mould, bacteria and, for small spills, browning from the carpet backings. Browning is easily dealt with – the application of Browning Treatment type products work wonders – but mould and bacteria issues are treated with independently validated antimicrobials, such as the NHS approved Formula 429 or Formula 429 PLUS Antimicrobial. Simply spray the affected areas fi rst to protect yourself or your technicians before removing the water, cleaning and treating again. This may sound easy, but it requires dedication and attention to detail to be effective – cutting corners is not an option when fi ghting against bacteria and viruses. With the right training, the correct personal protective equipment, and the best products, you will be successful.


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