Different types of carpet cleaning - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Different types of carpet cleaning

"Keep Up" cleaning top of the pile and part of the pile itself.

As M. Dixon, president of Dixon & Associates pointed out, there are three types of carpet cleaning that detailers should be aware of:

  1. “KEEP UP” Cleaning
  2. “CATCH UP” Cleaning
  3. “DISASTER” Cleaning

There are two types of soil in a carpet: loose and sticky. Loose soil (85 percent) can usually be removed with a good vacuuming, but sticky soil (15 percent) is more complicated. Most often, sticky soil requires the use of a carpet shampoo and one of several removal methods.

“Which chemical(s),” and “which method” of removal, are critical to how clean the carpet will come, as well as how long it will take.

A carpet has three separate dimensions, and the dirt you see is not always all there is to clean.

The first dimension is the top of the pile, which can usually be cleaned easily with a vacuum. Second, is the pile itself, and the third dimension is the backing, where all the dirt, sand, and general, carpet wearing “nitty gritty” ends up.

As a professional, you must be aware of these three dimensions and should have the chemicals, equipment, procedures and knowledge to clean them efficiently (fast) and effectively (clean).

Carpets that look clean, as you can now imagine, are not always as clean as they appear. In the commercial and residential carpet cleaning business there is a growing concern over what is called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). SBS refers to human illnesses caused by bacteria trapped in carpets.

While the detail business has, in the past, only concerned itself with the appearance of cleaning carpets, it is evident that, as professionals, we need to be aware of all aspects of carpet cleaning to provide our customers with maximum service.

“Keep Up” cleaning

“KEEP UP” cleaning, as Dixon suggests, is done to cosmetically clean the top of the pile as well as a small part of the pile itself.

As mentioned, a vacuum will suffice for this type of cleaning. When completed the carpet appears to be clean. But, a more thorough job must be done on the pile, and certainly where the “real dirt” has settled.

“KEEP UP” cleaning is usually dry, but removing sticky soil requires moisture.

Limited moisture procedures can be accomplished with a small orbital tool and a terry bonnet – that’s right, the same orbital used to apply and remove wax or sealant can be used to clean lightly soiled carpets.

First, thoroughly vacuum the carpet. Next, spray lightly with chemical and buff until the soil is removed. As the bonnet becomes dirty just turn it over.

Another method is to spray the bonnet with chemical and buff as described above. Again, as the bonnet becomes soiled, simply turn it over, or you can rinse it out and reapply chemical before continuing.

Using this process, some of the soil is absorbed into the bonnet and some stays trapped in the carpet. The top of the pile is cleaned, and some of the pile as well. But the "nitty-gritty” soil remains in the backing.

Other "KEEP-UP cleaning methods using limited moisture are dry foam and the use of dry granular procedures.

Click here to read more on this topic.

You May Also Like

Paint finishing: Tools, pads and chemicals – Part 1

There has been more new paint correction and protection technology introduced in the past 30 years than ever before.

To say detailers need to be cautious when dealing with a car’s paint finish is an understatement. It is a constant disappointment to me when I visit detail operations around the country and the world to see how they are correcting, polishing or protecting paint finishes. In many cases it is downright frightening when you consider the cost of a paint finish on a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche or most luxury and exotic vehicles could cost as much as 10% of the vehicle’s value or more.

Lucas Oil launches all-new online experience

INDIANAPOLIS — New intuitive categories will help customers find the right products that fit their needs to extend the life of their vehicle.

lucas oil new website
One step to synergy

Synergy: the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

Science of Dwell Time

A breakdown of how this important step impacts overall wash results.

Adapting to price increases

While elevated costs and supply shortages are concerning, the industry has prevailed in the past.

Other Posts

SOBA awards IGL Coatings founder Entrepreneur of the Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The awards highlight the dedication and achievements of entrepreneurs who have made significant strides in their respective industries.

SOBA Awards IGL Coatings Founder Entrepreneur of the Year
Ziebart celebrates 65 years with museum exhibit unveiling

TROY, Mich. — Automotive aftercare franchise kicks off 65-year anniversary with event at Detroit Historical Museum.

Detailing survey results and feedback

Detailers share their thoughts and predictions for the industry and their businesses.

PC&D detailing survey
IGL Coatings awarded 2023 IDA Detail Supplier of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla. — The IDA presented the awards at its annual business meeting and awards ceremony on Feb. 2.

International Detailers Association award