Bacteria, Fungi Spores, Oh My!

When you’re in the cleaning business, questions often arise regarding disinfecting and sanitizing. Antimicrobials offer protection from unseen germs and bacteria on many surfaces. There are three levels of antimicrobials that kill or limit microbes and the spores they use to reproduce.

Sterilizer – In the spectrum of antimicrobial activity, a sterilizer is the strongest killing 100% of microbes and spores.

Sanitizer – To sanitize a surface simply means to reduce levels of harmful microbes to a a safe level. However, most chemical sanitizers have little to no effect on certain bacteria like Tuberculosis. Improper use may create resistant strains of harmful bacteria.

Disinfectants – The term disinfectant can only be used on the label of products that have been tested and proven to kill or destroy at least 99% of all microorganisms. Such disinfectants are regulated by the EPA. Common household bleach is also a disinfectant available to consumers. Disinfectant label directions must be strictly adhered to as misuse can lead to damage to materials or health risks.

So what should you use?

Since sterilizers are only typically needed for critical jobs like surgical instruments, we are left with disinfectants and sanitizers. When making the decision to use a sanitizer instead of a disinfectant, you should weigh the risk presented by the microorganism against the risk involved with the chemical itself.

When making a decision about your home and the kitchen counter in particular, keeping it clean usually means maintaining a sanitary condition. If you’re preparing raw meats on the counter, you may consider using a good sanitizer/cleaner. However, a strong disinfectant might be more appropriate in the bathroom.

A clean home is important but the most important thing to remember is that all cleaning agents, sanitizers and diinfectants should be stored and used according to the label directions. Failure to do so could cause more harm than good.

At B/P Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, our goal is to clean not only for appearances but also for your health. Please call us today if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you!

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Your Carpet Can “Look” New Again

Many people get their carpets cleaned and suddenly they see their carpet through new eyes, saying, “My carpets look like new!”  It’s true, cleaning your carpets can make them look so much better that it almost feels like you have new carpet all over again.  But, like everything else, carpet ages.

carpet19Color is usually the most important factor in how a carpet looks.  As long as the color looks vibrant and there are no major spots or stains, most of us are quite happy with the look of our carpet.  But why does the color start to look tired after a few years even after our best efforts at cleaning?  Why can’t we make it look new again?  Isn’t that dull lifeless appearance in the traffic areas just dirt?  No doubt, dirt is a contributing factor, but there are three other factors that cause carpet to look old:  abrasion, crushing and pile distortion.

carpet45ABRASION – Dirt is loose particulate soil tracked in from outside, including mud, pollution, pollen and gritty minerals that scratch and dull the surface of carpet fibers.  This abrasion changes the way light reflects off of the scratched fibers so colors are muted.  We call this permanent condition loss of luster.  This is the primary reason that colors lose vibrancy.  No amount of cleaning can bring back the luster.

PILE CRUSH – Areas that are subject to a lot of foot traffic will crush down and lose some pile height.  The carpet loses its soft, fluffy appearance and feel.  How severely depends on the fiber type and yarn density, pile depth and quality of carpet pad.

PILE DISTORTION – When pile yarns lose their twist or the yarns are aligned in different directions, high traffic areas can appear dull and dingy.  Once the carpet pile has become distorted it cannot be corrected.  Some carpets are more prone to this type of appearance change than others.

 

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CARPET PROTECTOR – Does It Really Work?

 

Unfortunately there is probably as much confusion in the carpet cleaning industry about carpet protectors as there is about cleaning. Uneducated, uninformed, and sometimes downright unscrupulous carpet cleaners cause a great deal of confusion by giving out false information or intentionally misrepresenting the product.

A nylon stain-resist carpet is made with two protective properties: The first is an acid dye blocker that is basically a clear dye that fills the extra dye sites in a fiber that helps keep “foreign” dyes (such as red dye in a beverage) from penetrating the carpet fiber. The second property is called a “fluorochemical.” It is commonly known as 3M Scotchgard® or DuPont Teflon®. These help keep spillage from actually getting to the acid dye blocker. But their biggest job is to resist dry soil. By resisting dry soil, less soil bonds to the carpet and is consequently picked up by your vacuum. Not having enough “soil resistor” on the carpet leaves your traffic areas exposed to gritty soil that cuts and slices the carpet fibers.Dupont Teflon Koolaid Drops

5 Reasons to ALWAYS Get Carpet Protector

1.  Reduce permanent stains. A great looking carpet can be ruined by an ugly spot. Unprotected carpet doesn’t repel spillage as well as protected carpet. Being able to remove spots and spills more effectively helps you avoid permanent staining.

2.     Help save traffic areas from being destroyed. Traffic area soil is very abrasive and cuts carpet yarns like a knife. This damaging soil can easily bond to an unprotected carpet. By applying protector you will increase the life of your carpet dramatically. When you vacuum your protected carpet, the soils will release from the carpet pile much more effectively.

3.     Make spots easier to remove. The easier a spot is to remove, the less cleaner you will have to use, less agitation you will have to use, and less time it will take. Many spots can be removed easily with just water.

4.  Next professional cleaning more effective. Having protector applied to your carpet will enhance your next cleaning. More soil will be removed the next time your carpeting is professionally cleaned.

5      Avoid service calls. Although you want to call us out to handle any spot you cannot remove immediately, carpet protector helps you remove more spots than you could without protector. You may be able to save a service charge by removing the spot yourself. Having protector applied to your carpet will make it look better and last longer

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