LMCCA 101 Course Low Moisture Carpet Cleaning

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Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction to Low Moisture Cleaning Low Moisture Cleaning In the world of carpet cleaning, there remains a systemic debate…more water or less water. Technologies are changing rapidly as advances in chemicals and equipment race forward. As these technologies present themselves, it is in our best interest to keep ourselves educated about them and…

Chapter 2 – Definitions and Industry Terms

Chapter 2: Definitions and Industry Terms Detergency Detergency is the imparting of free-flowing abilities to undesired foreign   substances without damaging the material to which they are attached. Independently or collectively, it is created from four all-encompassing elements: Chemistry Heat / Temperature (Electromagnetic Energy) Agitation (Mechanical Energy) Time (which is always a factor). The strength of…

Chapter 3 – Processes

Chapter 3: Processes All cleaning process should begin with dry soil removal and vacuuming Dry carpet cleaning systems are more accurately known as "very low moisture" (VLM) systems, relying on dry compounds complemented by application cleaning solutions, and are growing significantly in market share due in part to their very rapid drying time,[4] a significant factor…

Chapter 4 – What Is Soil?

Chapter 4: What is Soil? Basically, anything foreign to the construction of the fiber. Where do we find the soil?  Most soil will be at the entrance. One study showed it takes 15 steps or about 45 feet.   Walk off mats both inside and outside will help with keeping the soil contained. Proctor and Gamble…

Chapter 5 – Pre-Vacuuming

Chapter 5: Pre-Vacuuming This is the MOST EFFECTIVE WAY of removing soil. In all classes, that we teach this is usually the least welcome news but it is critical, especially in low moisture and VLM. Let us see why pre-vacuuming is such an advantage. All the general carpet-cleaning methods rely on some sort of solvency.…

Chapter 6 – Soil Suspension and Agitation

Chapter 6: Soil Suspension and Agitation So now we have removed insoluble soil, what’s next? Pre-conditioners Whether we are using a pre-spray, encapsulant, shampoo, or an absorbent compound we must be able to break down the water soluble and dry solvent soluble oily soils into suspension.  These can be applied with a variety of tools…

Chapter 7 – Vacuuming Systems

Chapter 7: Types of Low Moisture Systems - Vacuums The most important step in any carpet restorative cleaning function is proper initial vacuuming.  There are many different styles of vacuums that offer highly effective means of dry soil removal.  To ensure that you are using the most effective equipment, look for Carpet & Rug Institute…

Chapter 8 – Dry Absorbent and Adsorbent Media

Chapter 8: Types of Low Moisture Systems - Dry Absorbent The absorbent compound method (also called dry cleaner method) is a cleaning process that employs an absorbent/adsorbent media that has been mixed with various cleaning ingredients which is applied to the carpet and agitated with any of a variety of specially designed machines. The absorbent…

Chapter 9 – Bonnet Brush Machine

Chapter 9: Types of Low Moisture Systems - Bonnet Brush Bonnet Brush Machine This machine combines both the brush and bonnet. The brush gives the agitation and the bonnet picks up the soil. This works great with encapsulation. Here are some bonnets that can be used. Bonnet driver with Brush

Chapter 10 – Bonnet and OP Cleaning

Chapter 10: Types of Low Moisture Systems - Bonnet and OP Bonnet and OP cleaning Using a 175 RPM rotary or oscillating or orbital pad machine fitted with a drive brush or pad holder several different types of bonnets and pads are used to agitate, trap, or absorb to remove suspended soil.  Fiber pads   …

Chapter 11 – Bonnet Cleaning With Steam Vapor

Chapter 11: Types of Low Moisture Systems - Steam Vapor The steam vapor system employs the use of live, low moisture, high temperature steam vapor to release the soils entrapped upon and within the carpet fibers with minimal agitation.  High temperature steam vapor flows from the steam generator, through the bonnet and into the carpet. …

Chapter 12 – Dry Foam Shampoo

Chapter 12: Types of Low Moisture Systems - Dry Foam Low moisture extraction cleaning (Most commonly known as dry foam) Some systems are self-contained and the cleaning process, that cleans carpet as well as extracts the soil-laden foam, is done simultaneously in a single forward pass. Other systems generate foam and then require a separate…

Chapter 13 – Rotary Shampoo (175 – 300 RPM)

Chapter 13: Types of Low Moisture Systems - Rotary Shampoo Floor machine Shampoo System with Pad   Using a swing type 175 to 300 RPM rotary floor machine equipped with a driver block with gripping bristles or connectors of various types are used. This driver block connects a pad that is normally a soft synthetic…

Chapter 14 – Shampoo Triple Head

Chapter 14: Types of Low Moisture Systems - Shampoo Triple Head As in all systems vacuuming is the universal 1st step to soil removal. Once the proper dry soil removal is done, thoroughly vacuum with an upright vacuum, the carpet may be pre-sprayed if the procedure and soil condition dictate.  The Triple Head Floor Machine…

Chapter 16 – LMCCA White Paper

Chapter 16: LMCCA White Paper Low Moisture Cleaning In the world of carpet cleaning, there remains a systemic debate…more water or less water. Technologies are changing rapidly as advances in chemicals and equipment race forward. As these technologies present themselves, it is in our best interest to keep ourselves educated about them and the carpets…
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