Is VLM/Encap a safe carpet cleaning method?

rob allen

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Many encap chems are unknowingly laced with ammonias, sodium hypochlorite, optical brighteners and sodium hydroxide. They are hidden under “proprietary” ingredients. They are hazardous to fibers and more importantly pets and people. It’s bad enough that cleaners use those types of products for HWE with some flushing but to use them for VLM with little or no extraction is unacceptable IMO.

One other consideration is choice of equipment and pads. Many opt with machines that do not have removable weights. The excess weight is detrimental to many cut pile fibers and loop. Then add to it many use very abrasive pads. The combination can easily cause tip blooming plus abrade fibers. This leads to a systematic dulling of fibers.

There were a couple articles recently where a cat and bird died. Another one where a dog was rushed to an vet and barely survived. So tread carefully. Choose your products wisely.

What’s your experience?
 

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One other consideration is choice of equipment and pads. Many opt with machines that do not have removable weights. The excess weight is detrimental to many cut pile fibers and loop. Then add to it many use very abrasive pads. The combination can easily cause tip blooming plus abrade fibers. This leads to a systematic dulling of fibers.
I clean an office where the warrantee stated that any use of a rotary machine automatically voided the warrantee. CRB only
 

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I clean an office where the warrantee stated that any use of a rotary machine automatically voided the warrantee. CRB only
They also state that the use of certain vacuum cleaners void the warranty also. Warranties on flooring are comical. Their warranty protects the manufacture more then they offer to the end user. It reads more like a disclaimer.
 
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They also state that the use of certain vacuum cleaners void the warranty also. Warranties on flooring are comical. Their warranty protects the manufacture more then they offer to the end user. It reads more like a disclaimer.
Disclaimer is right.