Do you have confidence in your cleaning chemicals?
Or, perhaps you have a pet odor removal job.
The deodorizer you purchased says, on the label, that it completely removes odors.
you waste your money?
We will discuss detergency, deodorizing and spot/stain removal in this technical bulletin.
After all, those are three huge issues in cleaning challenges.
The head (hydrophilic) is "water-loving" and attracted to water-soluble soils. The head has to be stronger than the tail, in order for the detergent to remain water soluble.
When the detergent is applied to your carpet or furniture's surface, the surfactant goes to work, attacking both types of soils for removal.
To do this, you need four things:
Choose a neutral or even acid cleaner and do this experiment.
There can be such a thing as too much surfactancy, but it's rare to see that in today's cleaning chemicals. Too much surfactancy means your cleaning agent may pentrate too far too fast into the fabric, causing overwetting.
Once you have your sample, apply your deodorizer.
Remember, you have to "recreate the crime" – this means you must saturate the sample. Of course, always follow manufacturer directions.
Testing your spot and stain removal chemicals can be fun.
Simply obtain a white carpet sample, spray it with a product like Lysol (cationic chemicals weaken the carpet protector that may be in the carpet), and add staining materials to the carpet.
Add whatever you typically have to clean: Kool-Aid, ink, wine, fruit juices, coffee, etc.
Then, after about a week (let the staining material have time to "bond" with the fibers) test your products.
If they work, that's great. If not, investigate why that is and perhaps find products that work better.
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Jeff Cross is the senior editor of Cleanfax magazine and an industry trainer and consultant, and offers carpet cleaning marketing, disaster restoration marketing and contract cleaning marketing seminars and classes through
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