to agitate or not is the question

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    gord

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    How many of you out there agitate after pre spray
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    just with the rake for residential.

    I put my wand down, prespray the next two rooms, rake them, and go back to cleaning
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    Bill Yeadon

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    Think about when you pull your van into a self serve car wash especially when it is really dirty. If you just sprayed with the high pressure wand it will knock off a lot of water and road grit. But if you using the foaming brush first the spray rinses it clean.
    Proper useage of the cleaning pie Time, Agitation, Chemical and Temperature (TACT) will make the job easier.
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    That's not a question. Always. CRB machine.
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    I use a scrubber when it is needed which is more often than not.
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    Depends on how severe the condition. :)
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    I always agitate using a sebo and sometimes a 175 depending on the soiling condition. It gives better results, with the right chemicals and high heat.
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    Use the brush/rake as a standard cleaning and then a cimex if needed
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    When wanding, agitate with a groomer.
    RX20, no need.
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    Half the carpet I clean looks good to start with so a simple cleaning with wand is more than good enough. Some are even new types of carpet that the manufacturer has told them to hire me as a HWE company and not to use any chemical, just hot water.

    But on the average home (normal people like you and me) have plenty of dirt and traffic that I either rake in the prespray or if it's bad then rotovac.

    There is no blanket procedure. Do what has to be done for the highest possible result should be the answer.
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    Todd the Cleaner

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    I have had people ask me to clean without chemical too because their carpet manufacturer told them to do so. I have always done as the customer asks but figured that the customer was confused as to the no chemical issue. Is this really something that carpet manufacturers are telling their customers??
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    Same here.
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    Heavy agitation on traffic lanes. Light scrub everywhere else.
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    Yes, in fact a few types require no chemical or they void your warrantee. I am on a small list of guys that are recommended around here for this in particular. They want HOT water, no chemical. And many more carpets than that will voided if you use "dry cleaning" like encap or dry foam etc.

    I'm not stating this as my opinion or that I'm even 100% agreeing with it. It's just facts from our reps at the carpet manufacturers we deal with.
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    I'm starting to think it's just best to use the Rotovac on all my jobs. My wand doesn't clean as good as the Rotovac and every time I think I can get by with just a wand, I almost always change my mind at some point during the job.
    So I always agitate the pre-spray.
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    Kenny Wright

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    Same here.
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    Mohawk has a product line called "Smart Strand" that is suppose to only be cleaned by hot water. No chemical. The fiber is also known as "Triexta". It has a lifetime stain warrantee and is bleach resistant just like a solution dyed product. Basically, the fiber itself is supposedly engineered to be stain resistant. No sealer is added to it or applied to it and never should be.

    The Mohawk rep I deal with (I am a licensed flooring contractor in California and install this stuff all of the time) has stated that when cleaning it, the carpet cleaner needs to be directed to not use ANY chemical or the warranty can be void for stain resistance. I would advise you to listen to your client if they tell you this. If it doesn't come clean, tell them they need to put in a claim or have a rep come out to look at it. Don't use chemicals. If you do, you can be held accountable for the loss of their warrantee if they told you not to use them and you do it anyway.


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    I will be honest...hardy ever. Hot pretreat, spot the stains...and clean with blazen heat...cut through the nasties like butter.
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    Yes with carpet rake. We do get mores aggressive with the really dirty jobs but, I always worry about flowering the yarn. So typically the pre treat, agitate, dwell time, smoking hot rinse & strong vac does the job every time.

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