How to Sanitize Carpet:
With the Christmas Holidays behind us and 'old man winter' staring us in the face many are thinking about how they can sanitize their carpets. If you are like my family you had stay over guests for the holidays who brought their germs with them. Also with the kids returning to school they will eventually come home with someone else's germs, possibly a cold, flu or some other bug. According to the latest research a square inch of carpet can possess up to 2,000 bacteria particles. Can you say 'Scary'. Is it really possible to sanitize your carpets? YES! Here is how we do it here at Liberty Floor Solutions:
1). Our first step is to pre-vacuum the carpet using a true HEPA filtration vacuum system. Only a true HEPA filtration vacuum can trap and hold dust mites, dust mite feces, dander, etc. A true HEPA filtration system can literally remove the 'food sources' for the odor causing bacteria found in your carpets.
2). Our second step is to apply a uniformed solution of Sodium Borate throughout the entire carpet. Sodium Borate is an excellent all natural disinfectant that comes from the Borax family. It will even kill fungi such as athlete's foot, jock itch, etc.
3). A second chemical is added called D-limaline to our cleaning solution. This is an all natural and powerful antioxidant that comes from oranges.
4). We use hot water extraction, or steam cleaning, with temperatures above 210 degrees. Carpets love the heat but bacteria can't handle it. Bacteria dies at 140 degrees. This very hot water that is delivered under pressure thoroughly rinses the carpet and flushes out the bacteria, fungi, and germs. As a side note hot water extraction, or steam cleaning, is the only cleaning system that carpet manufacturers recommend. All other cleaning methods will void the carpets warranty.
5). Special chemicals are added to the fresh hot water to thoroughly rinse the carpet and to properly deodorize the fibers. This ensures that all of the soap, dirt, germs, and odours are successfully removed from the carpet leaving your carpets soft to the touch. If your carpets feel sticky after cleaning then the 'soap' is still in the carpet and so are the germs.
The end result is a very clean carpet that has been properly sanitized. If you have questions about this article please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time.