Water Restoration – Category One

Water Restoration – Category One

Category one, or clean-water floods originate from sources that do not contain harmful bacteria or pathogens that pose a substantial threat to humans. These sources may be from broken pipes or appliances, falling rain or melting snow, or sink or tub overflows that do not hold contaminants. It is important to remove the water as quickly as possible. With time bacteria and mold that contact wet surfaces will multiply. The water has also come in contact with soil and other contaminants. It may escalate from a clean water flood (category 1) to a gray (category two) or even a black water flood (category three). Gray and black water floods are discussed in other Technical Guides. Gray and black water floods will be discussed in another brochure.

Water Restoration Category One

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Urine Treatment Subsurface

Urine decontamination is typically an involved, multi-step process that can be very profitable for the cleaner. There are basically three ways to approach urine odor removal: surface treatment, sub-surface treatment, and complete restoration. In this brochure we will be discussing sub-surface treatment, using the Water Claw. Because this process is midway between a surface only treatment and complete restoration, many clients will select this level of service. Sub-surface treatment is also a god choice for isolated areas of contamination in the middle of a room where moving furniture and turning back the carpet is not practical. This is the most thorough deodorization you can perform without disengaging the carpet.

Urine Treatment Subsurface

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Urine Deoderization Surface

Urine de-contamination is typically an involved, multi-step process that can be very profitable for the cleaner. There are basically three ways to approach urine odor removal: surface treatment, sub-surface treatment, and complete restoration. In this brochure we will be discussing sub-surface treatment, using the Water Claw. Because this process is midway between a surface only treatment and complete restoration, many clients will select this level of service. Sub-surface treatment is also a god choice for isolated areas of contamination in the middle of a room where moving furniture and turning back the carpet is not practical.In this brochure we will be discussing surface treatment, or treatment that does not involve lifting carpet or pad.

Urine Deoderization Surface

 

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Upholstery Fiber – Construction

It is important to understand the fiber and construction type you are dealing with in order to prescribe the proper cleaning method, and to avoid problems for you and your customer.

FIBER IDENTIFICATION
The most important part of fiber identification for upholstery is to determine if you are cleaning “natural” or “synthetic” fibers. As a general rule, natural fibers have to be cleaned with a lot more care. Upholstery fabrics often come in blends. When this occurs, be sure to clean the fabric as if it were completely made from the most sensitive fiber (usually natural). The most practical way of identifying fibers is to use the Burn Test procedure.

Upholstery Fiber Construction

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Upholstery – Dry Cleaning

Dry-cleaning is a technique that is important in certain situations but seldom needed or used. If you are to be an expert upholstery cleaner working in “high-end” situations, you will need to know about dry-cleaning.

Some situations where it may be necessary are:
1. Where shrinkage cannot be controlled in wet-cleaning.
2. Where fiber distortion is caused by wet-cleaning. Satin silk is an example of fabric that is prone to this.
3. Water rings. Again, satin silk and other satin fabrics may show water rings when wet-cleaned.
4. Bleeding that cannot be controlled in wetcleaning. This is almost non-existent since the introduction of Dye-Loc.

Upholstery Dry Cleaning

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Upholstery Cleaning – Wool

Wool is not often found in upholstery. It is a warm fabric and can be uncomfortable next to the skin. When you see wool upholstery fabric, it is generally in commercial settings such as professional offices. There are a few things that you need to be careful of when cleaning wool.

• Fiber Distortion
• Damage from long-term exposure to highly alkaline chemicals
• Color Loss
• Shrinkage
These problems can be avoided easily by pre-testing.

Upholstery Cleaning Wool

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Upholstery Cleaning – Walls

Upholstered walls take several forms. They may be done by gluing upholstery fabric directly to the walls, or by upholstering the walls with batting behind the fabric and only the edges are actually fastened to the wall. The possible variations are numerous so we will concentrate on principles that you should apply to your situation.

Problems you can face with upholstered walls are:
• Release of the adhesive.
• Shrinking of the fabric. This is normally not a problem with fabrics glued to the wall unless the adhesive releases.
• Determining the proper solution for the fabric and the adhesive.
• Water marks on delicate fabrics. Many times walls are upholstered in delicate fabrics that are prone to watermarks. It is important to clean and dry the fabric evenly so that you don’t have watermarks drying on the fabric.

Upholstery Cleaning Walls

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