Steamex Owner, Chris Alber is recognized as an expert in carpet, upholstery and furniture care. Hear his tips on how to handle stains before they set and cause permanent damage.
To start, Chris recommends you have these common household items on hand:
*It is a seldom understood fact that no extraction equipment is designed to remove dry particulate soil in a wet state. To put in a more plain language: water and dirt make mud. No extractors-truck mounted extractors included-are designed to remove dry soil in a wet, muddy state. Double vacuuming and mechanical extraction to remove embedded soil and dander is necessary before you steam clean.
*Many facilities and home owners have a plan for their carpet maintenance, which is centered on the notion of “cleaning the carpet when it looks soiled”. This is not an effective plan because carpet fibers are actually shaped and designed to hide soil.
* If your plan is to maintain your carpets and wait to clean when it is soiled, you are cleaning your carpets too late. This causes damage to the fibers due to the abrasive nature of the soils that accumulate in the carpet. As a result of this damage, fibers do not reflect light evenly, the carpet develops traffic lanes that cannot be cleaned, and eventually, the carpet must be replaced to improve the appearance-an expensive consequence.
* Focus on stopping soils from entering your facility through sweeping and matting, removing soils on a daily basis through vacuuming, and maintaining the appearance of the carpet through a mixture of encapsulation and extraction, you can extend the life-cycle, help your budget and the environment.