Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
and Stain Removal with Natural Choices' Products
CARPET/UPHOLSTERY SOILS AND CLEANING
Loose soil can usually be removed with a vacuum cleaner or manual extraction. Loose soil, whether on the surface of the pile or concentrated on the backing can be relatively easy to remove by mechanical action and vacuuming.
Sticky soil is a different situation and sometimes a dilemma. Sticky substances cling to the pile and are often dried out and hardened on the pile and driven into the backing where they dry or solidify. Water soluble soils can be removed with an effective product like Clean and Free Floor Cleaner. Solvent prespotters are sometimes used to remove items like tar, gum, paint and cosmetics. The problem with solvent prespotters and micro-emulsions which contain solvents is that they may affect the carpet dyes and protective coatings. The carpet/upholstery manufacturer's cleaning procedures and recommendations should always be consulted and followed. Anytime a new carpet is installed, pieces or remnants should be saved for testing for possible chemical damage prior to cleaning. If remnants are not available, it is advisable to test an unknown product to insure dye stability in a corner, in a closet or under a desk where it will not be seen if color change occurs.
Stain removal is another dilemma in carpet /upholstery cleaning. Stains from coffee, tea, wine, juices, and many foods and organic materials are removable with OXY-Boost. Stains from inks, pigments, tar, paint, shoe or furniture polish, crayons, lipstick and gum will require a solvent cleaner or dry cleaning fluid. Stains from urine or excrements can be effectively removed with OXY-Boost. Vomit is particularly difficult because of stomach acid which may cause damage to the carpet. Redying may be necessary.
Removal of Odors and Bacteria
Odor is another difficult problem. Bacteria and sometimes mold and mildew are generally the source of odor in carpets. Each of these are living organisms that thrive in moist environments. Once excess moisture is removed, the smell may decline or even vanish. This does not mean that the problem is eliminated. These organisms leave spores and sometimes encapsulated offspring behind ready to spring to life again whenever adequate moisture and nutrients are present. Pet odors are mostly from dander, territorial marking, urine and feces. Application of OXY-Boost will eliminate most problems. Anti-microbial products may be necessary to disinfect and kill all living bacteria. Success in removing urine odors from carpeting requires three things; remove urinary salts, kill the bacteria and eliminate the moisture. This is not as easy as it might seem. Because urinary salt crystals can penetrate deep into carpet fiber and backing, it is difficult to break down and remove all of the crystal build-up. If all the urinary salt crystals are not removed the bacteria will return and whenever moisture is present, the bacteria will thrive and the odor will return. Existing bacteria can be killed, but houses cannot be kept germ free and new bacteria will return. OXY-Boost along with Clean and Free Floor Cleaner used in an extraction machine will work well at removing some of the the crystals and bacteria (an enzymatic product will do a better job on heavily stained carpets and upholstery). Carpet shampoo alone may not be as effective.
USE IN CARPET CLEANERS AND SHAMPOOERS
OXY-Boost can be used as a booster with Clean and Free Floor Cleaner to increase cleaning power and stain removal. Use 1 ounce each of Clean and Free Floor Cleaner and OXY-Boost per 1 gallon of warm water to make cleaning solution. Add OXY-Boost just prior to use.
CARPET STAIN REMOVAL
May be used for stain removal or as a pre-treatment before general cleaning of carpets:
- Dissolve 1/2 ounce of OXY-Boost in a quart of warm water in a spray bottle.
- Spray solution onto stain until wet.
- Leave standing for 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat spraying if any drying occurs.
- Blot with cotton or paper toweling.
- Dry and lightly brush cleaned area.
- Unused solution can be poured down the drain. (In fact, solution will help to clean and deodorize your drain). Solution cannot be saved for more than 12 hours.
UPHOLSTERY STAIN REMOVAL
Dissolve 2 to 3 ounces of OXY-Boost per gallon of warm water (1/2 ounce per quart of water), spray on stain, scrub and allow at least 20 minutes contact time, (respray to keep damp), wipe with damp cloth and dry with hair dryer.