In the 1st of this 3 part series of Blogs I try to answer some of the questions we are frequently asked by our customers relating to problems they experience when cleaning and maintaining carpets. Some of the information is taken from material produced by Prochem Europe and the Jangro Group.
Carpet Infestations - Fleas, Dust Mites, Carpet Beetles, Moths, etc.
Which product should I use?
Stapro Insecticide, Kills and deters many types of flying and crawling insects. Contains 0.09% w/w cypermethrin. Insecticide for amateur and professional use against flying and crawling insects such as ants, bed bugs, beetles, cockroaches, fleas, mosquitoes, wasps and moths. For use indoors on hard non-porous surfaces, cracks and crevices near beds, hard and soft furnishings, including carpets. In domestic situations and in public hygiene areas, such as hospitals (not occupied wards), offices, industrial premises, museums, aircraft, ships and military installations. Also for outdoor use on ants and wasps nests.
No smell during or after use. Strong and lasting effect. No fire risk for safe storage and use. Full strength ready to use product. Bio Productions Insecticide is normally non-staining in domestic situations, but a test should be made first.
Apply as a space treatment at 1 to 4 ml of product per cubic metre, as a fine mist (5000 to 1250 cubic metres per 5L bottle).
Apply as a surface treatment at 20 ml of product per square metre (250 square metres per 5L bottle).
Can be applied before or after carpet / upholstery cleaning. If cleaning after application of product, apply Insecticide and leave to work for at least 15 days before cleaning.
It is recommend that, once applied, no vacuuming of the treated areas takes place for up to two weeks. This will allow the product to catch as much of the cycle of the infestation as possible. However, this product does not penetrate flea eggs. These can lie dormant for months until the right atmospheric conditions are prevalent, at which time they will hatch. The product dries to a very fine powder which remains in the carpet pile and kills insects which come into contact with it. However, once the carpet is vacuumed the active insecticide is removed so will obviously not be effective at any subsequent infestations. Therefore in heavy infestation problems a second treatment may be required.
For serious infestations, the cleaner should recommend that the customer contact a specialised pest control company or their local council. Mild infestations can usually be resolved with hot water extraction cleaning and spray sanitising treatment with Prochem CLENSAN.
BROWN MARKS APPEAR AFTER CARPET CLEANING
I cleaned a wool carpet in the normal way and now brown patches have appeared. What should I do?
Carpet Browning, these brown marks may have one of three causes:
1. Soil wicking back up
2. A previous spillage (probably tea or coffee) wicking back up.
3. Browning caused by lignin which is released from the jute of a woven carpet when over-wet.
Test a small area of the stain with a pre-spray. If it is soil it will transfer to a pad of absorbent tissue. Tannin stains, coffee stains or cellulosic browning will not transfer.
If the stain is soil, re-clean the area and hasten drying to prevent re-wicking. If the stains are likely to be tea/coffee (near a coffee machine; the carpet is NOT woven) use Prochem COFFEE STAIN REMOVER.
If this is cellulosic browning (carpet is woven) treat with Prochem BROWNING PRESCRIPTION. On large areas treat with BROWNING PRESCRIPTION AND Prochem FIBRE SHAMPOO applied with a rotary. Dry the area quickly with air movers, towelling/bonneting to avoid re-wicking.
I spot cleaned some oil stains on carpet tiles with a solvent and now there are brown stains on them. What should I do?
If these carpet tiles are bitumen-backed this is most likely to be bitumen bleed which is irreversible. The tiles will have to be replaced. In future, identify the tile backing before stain removal and use Prochem CITRUS GEL for oils/ cosmetics/ chewing gum etc. If the tiles are not bitumen-backed it is probably the oil wicking back to the surface and more spotting is necessary.
I cleaned carpet tiles with pre-spray and extraction detergent and now there are brown patches on them. What should I do?
If this is not soil (test a small area of the stain with a pre-spray; soil will transfer to a pad of absorbent tissue) and if this is not tea/coffee spillages, it could be that the dyes in the tiles have been subjected to a colour change due to wear and soil. Blue dyes are particularly susceptible. The damage is probably permanent and irreversible.
How do I clean a sea grass carpet?
Sea grass, sisal, coconut matting, coir, jute are all natural fibre floor coverings which cannot be wet cleaned nor have stains removed from them as they will ring mark and most likely shrink. Clean with FIBERDRI (not easy as it will be hard to remove from a tight weave) or alternatively bonnet with a lightly dampened rotary bonnet using BONNET BUFF.
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