Laval, Canada – When it comes to carpet cleaning, most cleaning professionals and building managers think carpets are cleaned with carpet extractors. While this is a very effective way to clean carpets, it is not the only method.
Another way to clean carpet that compliments extraction is encapsulation.
While some encapsulation methods involve sprinkling a dry powder over the carpet, newer technologies involve a liquid encapsulation cleaning agent, applied to the carpet using a floor machine.
“Both systems can prove very effective, and have their benefits,” according to Mike Watt with Avmor, a manufacturer of a wide variety of carpet care products.
According to Watt, here are the Top Ten Benefits of the Encapsulation Method
- The encapsulation method can extend the optimum appearance of carpet on a day-to-day basis
- Carpet typically dries in an hour or less, so facilities can be put back into service faster
- The equipment used for encapsulation costs considerably less than that used for extraction; in fact, most cleaning professionals already have the required low-speed machines, necessary to clean carpets using the encapsulation method
- When charging by the square foot, the encapsulation method can be very profitable because more carpet is cleaned in a shorter period
- When using extractors to clean carpet tiles or glued carpet, there is the risk the carpet will loosen from the floor
- Carpet extraction uses about 20 gallons of water to clean 1,000 square feet; encapsulation uses about four or less
- Encapsulation minimizes the possibility of wicking, where soils filter up to the surface of the carpet
- While there is some training involved learning the encapsulation method, it is minimal compared to using a carpet extractor
- Soil recovered using an encapsulation system typically is collected by a vacuum cleaner; using the extraction methods, gallons of soiled water are discharged into sewers
- Encapsulation stretches carpet extraction frequencies; “this is a cost savings, is less disruptive to building users, and much more environmentally friendly,” he adds.