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TOMORROW’S CLEANING DECEMBER 09
Top 5 tips for carpet care
CARPETS ARE EXPENSIVE, SO THEY NEED THE CORRECT CARE AND ATTENTION
TO KEEP YOUR CARPET IN PEAK CONDITION FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE,
SO TRUVOX’S GORDON MCVEAN HAS PUT TOGETHER
HIS TOP 5 TIPS FOR THE VERY BEST CARPET CARE.
Carpet type
the carpets can look worn and tired. Some
There are different carpet fibres available for
carpet cleaning methods can leave the carpet
different workplaces. The most common
fibres looking worn and lifeless, making a bad
includes nylon and polypropylene. As with any
situation even worse. When using soap-based
choice, each has its pros and cons.
shampoos and machines with rotating
brushes, existing stains spread over a larger
Up until recently, nylon was the most popular
area and dirt is embedded further into the
synthetic fibre used in carpet production. Nylon
carpet. Carpets don’t get any cleaner, and
is the strongest carpet fibre as it is resistant to
can re-soil even faster with the chemical
mould, insects, abrasion, mildew, rot and many
product attracting even more dust and dirt.
chemicals. It is extremely durable, which
makes it highly suitable for areas of high traffic.
In the long term, contractors may be tempted
However, as it is synthetic, nylon can melt if
to replace dull carpets, and that can be very
exposed to fire or very high temperatures heat.
costly. However, with encapsulation cleaning the
issues but also allows the carpet to dry
It is also more susceptible to coffee or tea
lifespan of carpets can be prolonged.
quicker so that it can be back in use sooner.
stains and some acid-type foods such as
Encapsulation cleaning is a cost-effective and
mustard or ketchup. It can be difficult to
highly productive cleaning method that works by
Choosing the right equipment
remove these stains once they dry.
trapping and encapsulating dirt as it dries, and
A business may have invested in a carpet that
then vacuuming away the crystallised polymers
is suited to all their needs, selected the right
Polypropylene carpets are becoming more
to leave carpets visibly cleaner and brighter.
fibre that can withstand high footfall and is
widely used in the workplace. It is easy to care
for, more economical and can withstand footfall
Colourfast test
stain-resistant (-to some extent). To make
sure that businesses make the best out of
well. However, it is not as resilient as other
Before carpets are cleaned and treated, a
their carpets, the right equipment must be
fibres and can look unsightly when soiled.
colour fast test is needed to ensure that
used to maintain and prolong the life of any
Carpet Wear
colours don’t run or bleed together once
carpet so that it stays clean and fresh for as
cleaning begins. To do a colourfast test, you
When an area experiences
long as possible.
should apply a small amount of the cleaning
high traffic day-in, day-out,
solution you want to use to an inconspicuous
Professional carpet cleaners might opt to use
area of your carpet using a cloth and apply
Truvox’s Hydromist 55. Combining an in-line
pressure. If dye is absorbed, then the solution
heater and variable spray injection of up to
is not suitable for your carpet.
400psi, the Hydromist 55 can remove
embedded stains leaving carpets fresh and
Usually wool is more susceptible to the
clean. For even better results, the Cimex-
colourfast test, however most commercial
Encap solution utilises encapsulation cleaning
carpets will pass the test.
technology to remove even the deepest and
Adequate ventilation
toughest of stains. By vacuuming away the
With any chemical and solvent uses, it is
crystallised dirt and
important to have adequate ventilation in areas
dust, carpets get
where carpets are cleaned. You should open
cleaner and brighter
all windows and doors if possible to allow
with each application.
maximum ventilation so there is plenty of fresh
air in the room. This not only addresses safety www.truvox.com
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CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CARE
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