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CLEANING OLEFIN CARPET
Olefin is a synthetic, non-porous, solution dyed fiber that is made from petroleum products. This gives it some interesting characteristics.
Colorfast-Solution dyeing the fiber makes it completely color fast.
Stain Resistant-Olefin is almost completely non-absorbent, making it virtually impossible to stain with water based soils.
Attracts Oily Soils-Petroleum products are used to make olefin; therefore, oily soils are attracted to olefin and can be difficult to remove.
Wicks Soil-Water and soil cannot penetrate the olefin fiber. this forces water and soil to wick to the top during the last stages of drying and leaves the soil deposited on the top fibers. This creates a blotchy appearance.
Crushing of Fibers-Olefin has poor resilience (ability of fibers to stand erect) and is affected by heavy traffic. This is not restorable.
PROCEDURES FOR CLEANING
Use the following process when cleaning an olefin carpet:
Pre-spray the entire area with Traffic Slam & Boost-All (add to water first) using a Hydro-Force Sprayer (to ensure coverage). An alternative pre-spray for heavily soiled carpets is Flex. For very greasy or oily soils, add Citrus Solv to your pre-spray.
Hot water extract using Fab-Set as your rinse agent. This will neutralize the higher pH pre-spray and leave the fibers in an acid condition in order to prevent soil wicking and yellowing. For extra heavy soil or when using Flex as your pre-spray, rinse with End Zone. Be sure to do extra dry passes with your extraction tool.
Lightly mist over the area you have cleaned and go over it with a Micro-Fiber Bonnet with a rotary machine. This will decrease drying time and strip off any soils that may have wicked to the surface. (You can usually skip this step when cleaning residential olefin carpet).
Utilize air movers to dry the carpet quickly.
Apply Maxim Fabric Protector. Although Olefin is sold as "stain proof," it is not. The addition of the oil based soil resistant qualities of Maxim improves the overall performance of olefin carpet.
Because many commercial olefin carpets get neglected, abused and their cleaning is not performed frequently enough, wicking and rapid re-soiling are common problems. Knowing how to properly clean olefin may allow you to get and keep jobs where other cleaners have been unsuccessful. However, do not expect to remove months or even years of soil build-up from neglected carpets in one cleaning. Consider pile lifting or grooming to open up the fibers before HWE cleaning. Encapsulation allows high production rates and can be used for future cleanings with little chance of wicking.