Environmentally Responsible Cleaning

Environmentally Responsible Cleaning

A typical “steam cleaning” carpet cleaner consumes over a gallon of water per minute.

To clean 1,000 square feet of carpet, a typical steam cleaner will use approximately 60 to 120 gallons of water. This means that for every minute of cleaning, a gallon of water will be removed from the municipal water supply. A variety of cleaning chemicals and solvents will be introduced to the water during the cleaning process. The water that is recovered from the carpet will thereby contain soil and contaminants from the carpet as well as a host of chemicals. This concoction of “black” water (in many cases it literally is black) will then be discharged into the municipal sewage system as “spent” water. In other words at a rate of a gallon of water per minute, clean water is consumed, contaminated, and discharged as sewage. This is an unconscionable waste of a natural resource.

We use a much more environmentally responsible approach. In recent years a cleaning innovation has emerged designed specifically for Commercial Carpet Cleaning applications. This unique cleaning system uses minimal moisture during the Carpet Cleaning process. It can effectively clean 1,000 square feet of carpet with as little as three gallons of water. The carpet is deep scrubbed using an advanced technology interplanetary head cleaning system. During the cleaning process the soil becomes suspended in the cleaning solution. As the carpet dries, the soil is pulled from the fiber and is encapsulated in very fine crystal polymers. It then falls to the base of the carpet where it is extracted through normal routine vacuuming – a simple, effective, and earth friendly approach!

Only a single gallon of water is used to clean more than 300 square feet of carpet, rather than 40 gallons that a steam cleaner would use, and no waste water is discharged. Using less water to clean your carpet also contributes to quicker drying. Here’s the math: if you have a 10,000 square foot facility and it is cleaned using hot water extraction methods, you will be introducing into your building more than 1,200 gallons of water, not to mention consuming that water. Only a third of this water is usually recovered as wastewater. The remainder is left in the carpet and cement under the carpet and often takes eight to twelve hours or more to evaporate. This creates a huge spike in the relative humidity of the indoor environment.

Reduced moisture and extremely fast dry times mean minimal impact to the RH (relative humidity) in the space being cleaned. Controlling the relative humidity is extremely important, because it reduces the risk of microbial activity in the indoor environment. Therefore limiting the amount of water introduced to the structure makes good sense; it’s the right thing to do for the environment. Our system is designed to improve your indoor air quality.

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