CLEANING OLEFIN CARPET
Olefin is a synthetic,
non-porous, solution dyed fiber that is made from petroleum
products. This gives it some interesting characteristics.
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.
Soils-Petroleum products are used to make olefin; therefore,
oily soils are attracted to olefin and can be difficult to
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.
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
Sprayer (to ensure coverage). An alternative pre-spray for
heavily soiled carpets is
Flex. For very greasy or oily soils,
Citrus Solv to your pre-spray.
Traffic Slam on to
the carpet with a
Grandi-Brush and give 15 minutes dwell time.
Hot water extract using
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
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
air movers to dry the
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
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.