By Jameka Carter
The encapsulation cleaning method has been around for over two decades, but over the years it has gained a lot of attention in the carpet cleaning industry. In fact, nearly every cleaning company offers some variation of encapsulation solutions.
Some encapsulation methods involve sprinkling a dry powder over the carpet; however, today’s better-quality encapsulation detergents are built with a crystallizing polymer that immediately surrounds or “encapsulates” the soil particles. After the carpet dries, the encapsulated soil can be removed from the carpet during the post-vacuuming process.
The AirX RX82 Soil Resistant Carpet Cleaner brings the most advanced technology to encapsulation carpet care. It has a completely neutral pH yet cleans better than other carpet solutions. It dries faster, contains AIRICIDE Odor Counteractant, and leaves no sticky residue to cause resoiling.
The encapsulation method has many benefits that carpet cleaning techs and cleaning professionals should be aware of.
If you have not yet become acquainted, here are 10 benefits of using the encapsulation method:
- It improves the overall appearance of carpet on a day-to-day basis.
- It is considered a very low moisture (VLM) carpet cleaning method that allows carpet fibers to dry in an hour or less, meaning that facilities will experience less downtime and cleaning staff can work efficiently and quickly over large areas.
- The equipment costs considerably less than that used for extraction.
- When charging by the square foot, the encapsulation method can be very profitable because more carpet is cleaned in a shorter period.
- Unlike extractors, there is no risk of the carpet loosening from the floor when cleaning tiles or glued carpet.
- Carpet extraction uses about 20 gallons of water to clean 1,000 square feet; encapsulation uses about four or less.
- Encapsulation avoids the possibility of wicking or resoiling. This occurs when soils remaining at the bottom of the carpet fibers travel up to the visible surface and make the stain reappear.
- Minimal training is required compared to using a carpet extractor.
- Soil recovered using an encapsulation system typically is collected by a vacuum cleaner; using the extraction methods, gallons of soiled water are discharged into sewers.
- It keeps the carpet cleaner for longer periods of time, allowing facilities to prolong the time between deep cleanings.
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