How to sanitize your carpets:
Water, pet urine, humidity and everyday usage of carpets can be an invitation to microscopic bacteria and fungi (in particular foot fungi and nail fungi) that can be an invisible source of rancid odors not to mention a host of other health risks. According to the latest research a one inch square of residential carpeting contains 2,000 bacteria particles. No, that wasn't a typo - 2,000 bacteria particles per one square inch of carpeting. Can you say YUCK!
One of the items that will be "pitched" to you the next time you speak with a professional carpet cleaner is that their cleaning process will sanitize the carpet. But will it? Most carpet cleaners are aware of the fact that bacteria will die when temperatures reach 140 degrees or above. If they use a truckmounted system, that uses hot water, they will try to keep the water above 140 degrees which will kill the bacteria IF the water comes in contact with the bacteria. I should also mention that some of the older truckmounts do not have the technology to maintain those types of temperatures for very long periods.
Here at Liberty Floor Solutions we have taken a different approach. Since I have two children and a dog, actually the dog belongs to my daughter, Katie, but I get to feed it, water it, pay for it, etc., I wanted to be smart about this problem. So here is how I have developed a fail proof way of sanitizing your carpets and upholstery -
First, I prevacuum all surfaces using a HEPA filtration vacuum system. This type of vacuum, which is approved for hospitals, traps even the smallest particles such as dust mites which are 1/100th of an inch in length. Why my competitors won't vacuum, or when they do they use a cheapo system is nuts to me. The carpets would look, feel, and smell so much better if they would this one thing.
Second, in the pre-spray that we apply to the carpet we have added a disinfectant - Sodium Borate. Sodium Borate is very effective in killing bacteria and fungi without harming you or the environment.
Third - when extracting the dirt and chemicals we use cleaning technology that us to clean with a water temperature of greater than 220 degrees. At this level not only will we kill bacteria but fungi and viruses as well. With our technology we can safely maintain these very high temperatures all day long. The manufacturer has engineered the carpet to love these very high temperatures.
Finally, we complete the sanitizing process by applying a deodorizer that will also neutralize ordors. This special chemical will off gas hydrogen peroxide as it dires. If you know anything about hydrogen peroxide it is a great at killing bacteria. Not only will your carpets look clean, smell clean, feel clean - they will truly be sanitized.
If you have questions or comments about this article please email me at email@example.com.
Until next time,