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    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    Emulsifier

    Many carpet cleaning technicians do not run an emulsifier through their machine during extraction, they prefer to rinse with “clear water”. Here are some explanations are given when asked why:

    1. “I am concerned about leaving residues in the carpet”
    2. “It saves time and money because I use less chemical”
    3. “That is what I was told to do in the beginning and that is what I have always done”
    4. “It will damage my machine”

    Working on the assumption that we are using a professionally formulated minimum residue emulsifier, let’s share some cleaning principles that might change your thinking.

    Residues

    Water is not a good cleaner on its own as it has too much surface tension. Emulsifiers with good quality surfactants (wetting agents) make the water wetter, improve its ability to penetrate the fibres and release the soil so the extraction process is more thorough.

    Water conditioned with as little as 1ml/L of an emulsifier quickly penetrates the fibres, emulsifies the detergent/soil residues, and suspends them for easy removal by the wand. The ‘residues’ that we fear is left behind after using a professional emulsifier are fibre friendly, dry to a non-sticky, non-toxic powder, are easily vacuumed away and do not attract any re-soiling.

    Un-neutralized pre-spray residues in the carpet that remain after a “clear water rinse” can attract dirt like a magnet.

    Time-Saving

    An emulsifier is in fact, a good cleaner in itself. Not only does it provide a good backup for the pre-spray, but you will also find that you will not need to pre-spray lightly-soiled areas any more. Simply clean with the emulsifier alone.

    This is your first saving on both time and chemical.

    The second saving is the pre-sprayed traffic lane areas come clean substantially more quickly and easily. Instead of needing additional wand strokes to get the carpet clean, the emulsifier does the work for you in a single stroke. Let’s review the savings so far less time on the job, less energy expended, less water on the carpet and a great saving in chemical costs.

    Drying Times

    One of the first comments technicians make after using an emulsifier is that the carpets are drying substantially more quickly. There are two reasons for this:

    1. As we have already mentioned, less moisture is required to flush away the detergent and soil residues. This obviously leaves less moisture in the carpet after the wand has passed.
    2. Secondly, detergent residues trap a significant amount of moisture even after a dry stroke with the wand. The effective removal of these detergent/soil residues by extraction with an emulsifier substantially contributes to the quick release of moisture to evaporation.

    Cost

    Remember that chemicals are one of your LOWEST expenses in doing business. We are talking about less than 1% of the job cost for emulsifiers. Don’t let cost be a concern; it is almost insignificant as shown below:

    A powder emulsifier seldom costs more than $0.01 per RTU litre. On average, 100m2 of carpet (3 or 4 bedroom house) uses approximately 3.3L of Truckmount concentrate at a cost of $1.12. As you can see, the chemical cost is negligible. Using an emulsifier will considerably cut your costs especially on labour. With the soil being released and flushed away more quickly and easily, you not only save directly on initial labour costs but also on costly callbacks. You’ll also save time and pre-spay solution by only needing to pre-spray heavily soiled areas. Lastly, faster drying times will give you greater customer satisfaction and more referrals.

    Emulsifiers vs Acid Rinses

    Many carpet cleaning technicians are unclear on the correct application of emulsifiers and acid rinses and their relationship with each other. Both perform a crucial role in the cleaning process. Using an acid rinse is the key to the completed job. Neutralizing carpets/upholstery with an acid rinse after cleaning has many benefits:

    1. The carpet will dry faster because the residues are neutralized increasing evaporation.
    2. The carpet will be softer to the hand (the ladies love this).
    3. You will neutralize pH reducing the chance of rapid re-soiling.
    4. The fibres will be better prepared for the application of the protector (protector will bond better).
    5. The carpet will be less likely to brown or bleed.

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What is the correct dilution ratio for Fibre Shield on both dry and freshly cleaned damp carpet?

    Baby and dog on carpet

    Fibre Shield

    Actichem’s Fibre Shield (AP470) is an advanced water based fluorochemical polymer providing premium protection for nylon and wool carpeting. It has been professionally formulated to create a durable, highly repellent property to each fibre. This repellent nature which includes speciality red dye blockers, holds spills and stains close to the surface and enables them to be removed before causing permanent staining. Fibre Shield also repels dry soiling, and releases these dry soils to vacuuming which in turn promotes carpet longevity.

    Dry Carpet

    Carpet Protector Coverage Guide 1:4 dilution ratio

    Download PDF here for short and high pile carpet:

    Freshly Cleaned Damp Carpet

    Carpet Protector Coverage Guide 1:2 dilution ratio

    Download PDF here for short and high pile carpet:

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What is the best combination for boosting Clean Force?

    Boosting Clean Force

    Can Clean Force enzyme prespray be boosted with POG and/or Oxyboost Plus?

    Clean Force can be boosted with Oxyboost Plus at a rate of 10 grams per litre of solution in the pump- up sprayer. The solution should be hot for the Oxyboost Plus to be properly effective. This solution should be used within about 30 minutes.

    POG can also be used at the same dilution rate for very greasy carpets.

    Another option which very effective, is the Colloidal Boost. We have had a large amount of real positive feedback on its use as a booster for a wide variety of soil conditions. Colloidal Boost greatly enhances the wetting properties of the Prespray.

    Hydrogen Peroxide cannot be used with Clean Force, because the Peroxide is acidic and the Clean Force is alkaline which initiates a very strong reaction which will release all of the oxygen within the first couple of minutes.

    NOTE: Always remember that Clean Force must be mixed with warm water to activate the enzymes.

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What is the difference between Biosan and Deosan?

    Biosan Deosan

    Biosan and Deosan have a large overlap in application. However, they do both have some very specific roles.
    The principle differences and similarities between Biosan and Deosan are:

    BIOSAN – Benefits & Features

    • Premium blend of two bactericides with potentiating agents.
    • Biocidal efficacy tested to TGA hospital grade standards by NATA certified microbiology laboratory.
    • Dynamic wetting and penetrating ability
      to enable bactericide to penetrate deep into carpet fibres and biological mass, dramatically enhancing overall project success.
    • Low perfume (lemon) level.
    • Provides a lab tested & documented premium level of bacterial, viral and mould elimination and odour neutralisation.

    DEOSAN – Benefits & Features

    • Blend of two bactericides with potentiating agents. Lower actives level than Biosan but still higher than Prochem Duo.
    • Blend of two bactericides with potentiating agents. Lower actives level than Biosan but still higher than Prochem Duo.
    • Not independently tested for biocidal efficacy.
    • Standard wetting ability. Comparable to competitor’s equivalents.
    • Powerful odour neutralizing perfume and fragrance.
    • Provides an economical option for most general sanitisation, odour elimination and restoration work.

    BIOSAN – Application

    • Decontamination of areas where bacterial contamination is severe such as sewage back- ups, forensic clean-ups and floods.
    • Odour neutralization in flood restoration, urine odour, sewage back-ups, etc
    • Mould remediation work.
    • Disinfection and sanitisation of carpet,
      fabric and hard surfaces in medical institutions, community facilities and homes where positive disinfection is required for health requirements and documented proof is required.
    • Must be rinsed/flushed from carpet or upholstery

    DEOSAN – Application

    • Odour neutralization in flood restoration, urine odour, sewage back-ups, etc
    • Odour neutralization in fire restoration work.
    • Mould remediation work.
    • Will also provide excellent elimination of bacteria, mould and viruses but not to the same level as Biosan and does not have documentary proof.
    • Can be left in the carpet as a residual anti-microbial to deal with any possible wicking up of moisture.

    Download

    Download this information as a fact sheet here: C&U_biosan and deosan 6_17

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What is the difference between Actichem CTR and Brownaway?

    What is the difference between Actichem CTR and Brownaway?

    Brownaway has a large overlap with Actichem CTR. It has been primarily formulated to fill the requirements of a cellulosic browning remover which does not have the strong pungent odour associated with reducing agents.

    But then …

    By the sheer nature of the raw materials employed to achieve a high performance browning remover, we have also achieved excellent coffee and tannin removal properties.

    Plus …

    Due to the fact that we have a real good selection of low pH agents in this product, it also very effectively removes urine stains. Having discovered this we added some sanitizing agents to kill the odour causing bacteria in the urine affected carpets.

    So, does this mean that Brownaway replaces Pet & Flood and Spotaway U?

    If you were keen to really rationalize your chemical inventory you could narrow it down to Brownaway. I would probably use Brownaway as my first defence on all browning, coffee, tea, berry and urine stains. If you didn’t achieve the premium results you expected, remember the special features of these products.

    • Brownaway – Provides the most effective removal of cellulosic browning stains, and is odourless.
    • Actichem CTR – Provides the most effective removal of coffee, tannin and berry stains.
    • Pet & Flood – Provides the best overall performance in removing urine odour and stains.
    • Spotaway U – Provides the most effective removal of urine stains using hydrogen peroxide. Not as effective on odour removal as Pet & Flood.

    Actichem Brownaway

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    Maintenance Program for Supermarket & Hospital Floors
    Vinyl & Linoleum
    AP422 Instagloss

    Supermarket & Hospital Cleaning

    Equipment Required

    • Auto-scrubber
    • Rotary floor buffing machine (electric or battery)
    • Mops; buckets; dust catch mop; polish applicator and floor maintenance pads
    • Always keep the storeroom floor clean to reduce the amount of dirt tracked back onto the clean floor.

    Stripping & Polish Application

    1. Dust mop the entire floor area
    2. Use Actichem’s AP400 Instastrip @ 1:4 in a mop and bucket. (Do not use AP404 Powerstrip)
    3. Liberally apply solution to floor area with a mop. Allow 5-10 minutes dwell time. Ensure that the solution does not dry on the floor during this time.
    4. Scrub with auto-scrubber or low speed buffer and black pads. Detail edges with edging tool.
    5. Apply clean water with auto-scrubber and pick up dirty solution with auto-scrubber or wet/dry vacuum. Rinse floor a second time using clean water and a clean mop to ensure that no residue is left behind.
    6. Buff the entire floor area with high-speed burnisher and follow up with dust catch mop.
    7. Once dry, apply three even coats of AP422 Instagloss. Coverage is approximately 50m2 per litre.
    8. Should the floor require additional finish, allow at least 24 hours drying/curing time, then wet clean the floor, buff lightly and mop entire floor area with dust catch mop before applying two further coats of AP422 Instagloss.
    9. After 2 weeks the floor can be cut back and re-coated. This will improve gloss and wear.

    Daily Maintenance

    1. Dust mop entire floor area
    2. Scrub floor with auto-scrubber and a red floor maintenance pad. Use AP412 Instabuff Super as a spray buff, or AP662 Proneutro for general cleaning (1:200 in auto-scrubber).
    3. Trail clean rinse mop behind auto-scrubber.
    4. Buff floor with medium speed buffer/polisher.
    5. Dust mop floor.

    Cutting back & Re-coating

    1. Dust mop entire floor area
    2. Scrub floor with auto-scrubber and a red floor maintenance pad. Use AP662 Proneutro (1:200 in
      auto-scrubber).
    3. Trail clean rinse mop behind auto-scrubber.
    4. Buff floor with medium speed buffer/polisher., followed by dust catch mop.
    5. Apply two coats of AP422 Instagloss
    6. Burnish second coat with light pad when touch dry.

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What is the difference between Intense vs Intense Pro

    Intense is our full strength enriching sealer for natural stone, masonry, concrete and cement based substrates. It is designed to provide this enhanced, darkened appearance even on the most porous substrates without leaving any patchiness even with a single application.

    Typical applications for Intense include limestone, travertine, bluestone (basalt), sandstone, slate, pavers and concrete. Some very porous, exfoliated or honed granites and marbles can also be treated with Intense.
    However, on very dense substrates such as granite (especially honed or polished) the low porosity of the stone demands a “thinner”, lower actives product.

     

    Intense

     

    The Intense Pro is a modified version of the Intense designed specifically for treating dense, low porosity surfaces. The lower actives combined with super penetrating agents enables this sealer to effectively penetrate micro pores for high performance protection and an awesome, enhanced appearance. The residual sealer left on the surface of the stone is also easy to remove, making application success easy to achieve. Typical applications for Intense Pro include granite and marble.

     

    Intense Pro

     

    Read More: Intense | Intense Pro

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    Buffing & Cleaning | Floor Maintenance Pads

    Floor Maintenance Pads

    The best pads for buffing are:

    Red

    • Regular speed machine
    • Using a spray buff such as Instabuff Super

    White

    • Regular to high speed machine
    • Normally no buffing solution but light spray of buffing solution enhances results

    Tan

    • Regular to high speed machine
    • Normally no buffing solution but light spray of buffing solution enhances results
    • Excellent for stone applications

    Red

    Spray Buff Regular Speed Floor Pad

    Electric, spray buffing, regular speed.

    For spray or spot buffing. Can be used for dry buffing or very light wet scrub.

    White

    Super Polish Regular Speed Floor Pad

    Electric, super polish, regular speed.

    For dry polishing to a higher shine. Can use Instabuff Super to obtain a higher shine

    Tan

    Polishing Regular Speed Floor Pad

    Electric, polishing, regular speed.

    For dry polishing buffable finishes. Also has the ability to surface clean while polishing.

     

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What is the best Equipment & Chemistry for cleaning pool surrounds?

    Cleaning Pool Surrounds

    Cleaning pools surrounds in aquatic centers and public swimming areas, presents major challenges. To achieve a good result, it is absolutely essential to utilize the correct equipment and chemistry.

    System 7 Pads

    The System 7 pad needs to be used in conjunction with an “ultra-low” detergent cleaning solution. The System 7 Tile Pro is designed for this, however Tile & Grout Cleaner LF is very often used (and very successfully so). You can also use Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro although solutions stronger than 1:100 will tend to clog the pad. Tile & Grout Cleaner LF would be he best choice for this application.

    Change room Cleaning and Pool Surround Cleaning

    The soiling in a sports change rooms and Pool Surrounds is mainly a mix of two soil types:

    • Body fatty acids – which requires an alkaline cleaner
    • Water scale, chloride ions, etc. – Which requires an acid cleaner

    Poor results are often directly a result of because only one type of cleaner is used. The most effective method (tried and tested on large aquatic centre facilities) is to clean with an alkaline product on a daily basis and then do a periodic wash with an acid clean once per month.

    Daily cleaning with an acidic detergent is not advised because:

    • It will damage the grout lines, and,
    • It will not successfully remove the body fats/oils and the floor will gradually get a build-up of dirt.

    For a restoration, deep clean it is recommended to do a thorough clean with Tile & Grout Power (alkaline) followed by a thorough clean using Tile & Grout Restore (acid).

    ALKALINE Cleaning Solutions

    ACID Cleaning Solutions

    • Tile & Grout Restore – powerful acid replacement technology with strong detergency.
    • Crete Clean – a more basic form of the above for straight acid cleaning.

    Further Reading:

    Aquatic Centre Tiles – The secret to getting them clean

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    What are the benefits of using an Emulsifier?

    Graffiti Treatments — What is the best treatment for my application?

    Graffiti Treatments

    When protecting a porous surface from potential graffiti attacks, it should be noted at the start that “penetrating sealer anti-graffiti treatments” are much more limited than their “coating, film-forming” counterparts. However, the benefits of the penetrating sealer options are:

    1. Invisible protection
    2. Substrate remains vapour permeable
    3. Protection lasts substantially longer

    The unique characteristics of each of the Actichem graffiti resistant sealers, is outlined clearly below:

    Graffiti Seal (AP173)

    • Specifically designed for dense, small pore stone and concrete
    • Ideal for granite, dense marble, and smooth concrete
    • Provides long term, uv stable protection against graffiti
    • Provides long term protection against grime and weathering.

    Graffiti Repel (AP174)

    • Specifically for softer and open pore stone
    • Ideal for sandstone, bluestone, limestone
    • Provides long term, uv stable protection against graffiti
    • Provides long term protection against grime and weathering.

    Intense (AP178)

    • Suitable for use on both dense and open pore stones
    • On dense granite, Intense can be thinned with Xylene 1:1 for easier application and enhanced penetration
    • Enhances and darkens the stone features
    • Provides outstanding protection against graffiti
    • Provides long term protection against grime and weathering.