Every now and then I get to clean some carpet where I’m not sure if anything can be done. After walking through and taking a careful look at the commercial grade carpet in a rental house, I was happy to find that there was no real damage to the carpet, although it was very dirty, there were no holes, bleaching, fading, or stains. What I did find was a lot of dirt and spots to clean. When I was halfway done with the last room in the house, I had to take a quick picture.
A local business owner was out of town when some plumbing problems caused a big wet mess at her store. We quickly took care of the problem leaving fresh cleaned carpet in place of the mess. The check that came in the mail came with a thank you card that will stay on my desk for a while.
“Thanks for coming to our rescue! You did a great job” Is a quote that I work hard to make sure can be said about us after each and every job.
Part of cleaning carpet is removing all of the dirt and debris from the carpet, it’s great that it’s not in the carpet anymore, but where does it go? the first place it ends up is the waste tank of the carpet cleaner. unlike the clean water tank that just contains fresh water ready to be mixed with chemicals and can be emptied anywhere, the waste water tank fills up and has to be emptied in the right place. There are a few places that this water should not be dumped at:
Waste Water should not be dumped on the lawn.
It shouldn’t be dumped in the storm drain either.
in fact all waste water should be sent into the public sewer or dumped at a water treatment plant.
Waste water from carpet cleaning contains more then just dirt and cleaning chemicals, it contains traces of heavy metals and other toxins that are harmful to the streams, lakes, and oceans that they will end up in if not properly dumped. so no matter who cleans your carpets, make sure the waste water makes it to the right place.
Today is one of those days I wish I had the foresight to take a picture before cleaning the carpet and not just after so I could get a nice before and after shot of the carpet.
I have cleaned this carpet 10 times now. It is in a rental in Bellingham and has always had pets in it every year when it is rented out. It was the home depot cheapo carpet in the brown variety 10 years ago when it was installed, and with regular maintenance it’s still looking good.
This is a lucky example of how dirt and even pet messes and grime can be fixed, time and time again, but carpet damage is different. This carpet is filthy every time I clean it, but there are no burns, tears, or bleach, so it’s good for another year of abuse in Bellingham’s rental market.
Even though this is a vacant apartment doesn’t mean “everything” is off the carpet. When the cable is installed on top of the carpet it requires a little bit of extra care to make sure you don’t damage the cable, and to make sure all of the carpet gets cleaned as well.
I was first introduced to the Axiom line of chemicals by a property management company. We had just taken over a rather large account and the person in charge of selecting the carpet cleaner, “strongly recommended” that we use Axiom. I had never heard of this line of chemical, but I also wasn’t about to loose an account, so I quickly bought a few cases and put it to work.
Axiom is the green line of prochem, and because we already were using green chemicals it was nice that even though this wasn’t a chemical I would have went out of my way to try, at least it fit in to our philosophy of cleaning.
For everyday general carpet cleaning we use the Axiom Pre-spray that has a ph between 8 and 9 ready to use. This is a great range of ph to really attack the acidic stains in the carpet, it’s under the ph threshold of 10, so it’s safe for stain resistant nylon, and right at the upper edge of PH that is safe for wool. This pre-spray really gets the job done.
We follow up the pre-spray with the detergent and PH balancing acid rinse for a fresh clean and a neutral ph finish. Leaving the carpet without any soil attracting residues. These two products have the same scent, but are much more concentrated.
Although we originally bought these chemicals to use exclusively with this one property management company, after seeing the results, and ease of use, knowing the whole line works together to leave the carpet so fresh, we routinely use this line of chemicals on other carpets both in residential, and commercial settings.
I was asked by a janitor recently how much I pay for this line of chemicals and he was astounded at how high the cost was, he was trying to get me to buy some cheaper chemicals. But I did the math, and after mixing the chemicals to their proper dilution, Axiom is not a bad deal at all. It come in right at, or under the cost of many of the other chemicals I use, and I pay less shipping, because no one like to pay shipping for water.
Before I get started it’s important to know that Odoban is cationic and will void most carpet warranties. With that being said, almost any time it has come to the point where you are considering using a product like Odoban on your carpeting, most likely the warranty has been voided for quite some time. Most sanitizing products are cationic by nature and therefore negate the negative charged acid dye blockers that helps stain-resist nylon carpet be stain resistant.
Now that that’s out of the way, Odoban works wonders.
OdoBan is a deodorizer, sanitizer, disinfectant, mildewstat, and a virucide all in one.
While carpet cleaning we come across many situations where fowl odors make it very unpleasant to be in a room, the smell that odoban seems to work best on is that dingy basement smell. but they also have special formulations for pet odors and even skunk spray.
After using about 30 Gallons of concentrated original scent in hundreds of applications, we have seen great results, but the eucalyptus smell got a little old. Not an uncommon thing, many of the other deodorizers I have used in the past have smells that eventually start losing their appeal, but the nice thing about Odoban is that they make a few different scents, my personal favorite being lavender, although my employees seem to be favoring the citrus.
OdoBan meets AOAC efficacy standards for hospital disinfectants, so i know it’s just not a perfume that covers up the odor, it’s really working to destroy the odor.
Of all the deodorizers I have used, Odoban is also the most inexpensive, and easily obtainable. I don’t have to order it from a specialty carpet cleaning supplier, it’s stocked at Home Depot.
I would recommend Odoban to any cleaning professional, and can also recommend it to anyone else who has smells that need to go away. A gallon of Odoban concentrate will go a long way, so if you are just using it for one project you might want to buy the ready to use mix.
We made it down to Jon-Don in Seattle for the IICRC Carpet Cleaning Technician course. 2 full days at Jon Don learning the science of cleaning. I learned many things, including that no matter how long you’ve been cleaning there is always something you can gain from continuing education. That’s Frans and Gavin in the back row at the tail end of the second day listening to a final review before the exam. Thanks Jon-Don for being an excellent host, and Pat Muller for being an extremely effective and knowledgeable instructor.
As an adult the only part of me that touches carpet is my feet. Carpet is for walking on right? But now that I am the father of a 5 month old, I realize how much kids interact with carpet. That’s where play time is. Kids roll around on carpet, crawl on it, and even face plant into it sometimes. They also drool, spit-up on, and worse to the carpet. Despite it getting dirty, carpeting is still a great floor choice for small children, it’s much softer and more forgiving then hard floor options, but it needs to be cleaned to keep it looking nice for the adults who are just walking on it, and more importantly for the health of the kids playing on it.
I would like to offer my testimonial of the wonderful job Carpet Care Cleaners did cleaning our carpets at Sound Beverage Distributors Inc.
We have just short of 100 employees, so lots of foot traffic. Our traffic is a mix of office staff, outside salesmen, truck drivers, and vendors. As you can imagine many dirty feet access our location each day.
The company that had been cleaning our carpets was a large multi-state company with fancy truck mounted cleaning equipment.
Over the last year or so our carpets had gotten progressively worse. I was told that the wear marks on the stairs and down the middle of the hallway as well as some stubborn stains were “from heavy wear and untreatable. It may be time for new carpets.”
Gavin Green from Carpet Care Cleaners came trough our business on the recommendation of a friend and asked for a shot at the job. His crew got essentially every wear mark and stain removed. Carpet replacement isn’t a consideration any longer.
I told Gavin we would switch vendors if what he said was true. It was. We have. I couldn’t be happier with his companies performance. Our building hasn’t looked so clean in some time.
I’d recommend Carpet Care Cleaners anytime.