FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Not at all. By cleaning carpets this way you can get more dirt out than the other methods and have no problem competing and surpassing many of the HWE cleaners you have in your area. When you combine the agitation of the pad plus the absorbency of 100% cotton you have an excellent vehicle for removing soil and stains. Also, the oscillating of the pad by the floor machine causes all sides of the fiber not only to be cleaned but also to be lifted and freed for vacuuming. Many systems over the years have tried using “bonnets”, but unless they are 100% cotton and the pads are driven by an oscillating motion instead of a rotary motion, the customers will not be thrilled like they should be.
Update: When using Trinity Machines, most carpet are done by encapsulating the soil load, not by removing it. This eliminates the need for a lot of pads to be used during the cleaning process, plus fiber are being stripped of and the carpet is actually left cleaner than by any other method or approach. The advent of the Trinity High Speed machines made carpet cleaning easier, faster, better and much more economical.
First off, “steam cleaning” does not always deep clean a carpet and my father and I have spent 42 years, each, of our lives along with many others PROVING it. We have gone against and behind hundreds of steamers in our careers as carpet cleaners and have not as of yet come across many a carpet that could not be improved on. The perception that steam cleaning is always DEEP cleaning is flawed as well. Often stains and soil are sent to the back of the carpet and when the moisture is vacuumed off the top of the carpet it has a clean appearance, however, often the dirt than wicks back to the surface as the carpet dries or within a few days reappears.
Update: Trinity Machines actually cause the carpets to need less cleaning, less often. The encapsulation process, enapsulates the soil, but also the fibers, so they do not attract to each other.
The cost of cleaning with this system is amazingly inexpensive. The cost of chemical, and of cleaning the pads and of course using your consumables like the 100% cotton pads and the drive brush, is less than 1 cent per square foot of carpet.
Update: The Trinities have brought the cost of cleaning to well under 1/2 cent per square foot.
Not at all, although the complete carpet is sprayed, there is not much else to do other than spray it and then clean it. We have found over the years that if “Abstraction VLM”? does not release the stain from the carpet, than there is not much of a chance of it coming out. There are only very few stains that do not come out. Kool-Aid “MAY” come out with any one of several different methods, bleached spots remain, and at times pet stains that have burned the carpet will leave a yellowish stain behind.
Update: With the Trinity models, the agitation is so extensive that very little spotting is required.
Absolutely, I used my first “Old Blue” machine for 28 years and it is still going strong.
The Trinity Machines are very durable and clean at many times the speed of the original OP machines.
100’s of companies now use us exclusively. Although we are not large in size, we DO offer a system that will allow you to out clean your competitors consistently.
There are all types, we have people who have their own printing companies, people who were carpet installers, ex music, teachers, preachers, janitors dairymen, chicken ranchers, EX-truck mounted steamers, one man who has used maybe twenty different methods in his career and has settled with this one because it does a better job than all the rest of them. So there are many different backgrounds but one thing is the same about all of them, “They want to do the best job of cleaning, not just a cleaning job.
It seems the “instant gratification” trait is also found in almost all successful carpet cleaners.
First off because olefin does not absorb any moisture make sure the prespray is light and do NOT try soaking any bad stains, clean with pads that are WRUNG out, the less moisture the better the pick up and clean on olefin berbers.
It is best to squeeze them out, do not wring them out, we advertise an hour dry, this allows us plenty of moisture for a quick deep clean. To dry of pads and you will not clean as deeply nor as quickly. Remember, we are VLM no NM LOL
Exceptions are olefins or where there is a lot of old soap in the carpets, there you clean with wrung out pads.
Update: With the Trinity machines, you start off with a dry pad and let the spray on the carpet fill it us as you move forward.
Vacuuming the carpet, the nature of OP is to lift the carpet pile, once lifted you will remove more particulates than ever, plus the vacuuming of damp carpet does a great job of grooming the carpet fibers.
When the carpet looks great and the pads are GRAY. You will not get the pads to stay white, that is impossible.
Update: With encapsulation and the Trinty machines, a carpet is clean when it LOOKS clean.
Vacuum good and then spray lightly as usual. Clean like normal and what doesn’t come out use a DRY pad on.
Using a glider, this keeps the OP machine from digging too deeply and distorting fibers.
Update: with Trinity machines all carpets can be cleaned safely without any fear of distortion or tip blooming. The larger orbit actually helps retwist the fibers.
Olefins and polyesters always look MUCH better dry then when they are just finished being cleaned. As a rule, OP’d or Encapped carpet look MUCH better the next day, while HWE’d carpet often look much worse.
Use a SOPPING wet pad, agitate the soap and let it foam up real good, take your glider and scrape the carpet, putting the soap into the dirty pad bucket. Then use a dry pad. Now the soap is gone, don’t believe me, use another wet pad and you will have NO FOAM at all.
Clean normally first, if it is quite heavy then use a wet pad followed by a couple of TOTALLY dry pads, they will take up the moistue and the remainder of the beverage spill. One of the myths is that VLM stops wickbacks because it is almost dry, the truth is, it stops wickbacks because we get OUT what is causing it.
It is time to turn over or change a pad when it stops cleaning quickly. Watch the carpet as you clean, when you put down a new pad it cleans very fast, as soon as you see it slowing down turn it over or get another pad. If you go over the carpet with dirty pads you are a dirt swirler! LOL
Update: With Trinity machines, you can usually run one or two pads to do a whole house. On commercial, you should be 1000 square feet or more per pad.
So many fail to understand just how absorbent cotton pads are, when using a glider to clean, the glider has a very small hole in the center, yet if you clean a dirty carpet, it may have a dirty area the size of a quarter behind that little tiny hole, why? Because of the way cotton draws soils from other synthetic fibers, it makes it a very easy vehicle to remove soils.
Update: With the Trinity machines and encapsulation, the dirt is separated from the fibers, then either the customer vacuums it out, or it goes into the padding as it breaks down.
OP cleaning while “appearing” to be similar to bonnet cleaning is quite different.
Agitation being the MAIN difference. Oscillation by nature DIGS into the carpet where the rotary action of a floor machine wipes over the top. Combine that with the increased absorption and contact points of cotton terri as opposed to looped bonnets and you have a method that not only cleans better but deeper as well.
Update: With Trinity machines, the fibers are stripped, something OP machines and rotaries can NOT do.
Interesting question, and a lot of politics can be added to this one! First off most mills have not tested OP cleaning, and equate it to bonnet cleaning. They see bonnet cleaning as a interim method of surface cleaning, not as the deep cleaning method that OP offers. In time the mills will see and test this and see what it does as far as cleaning is concerned and hopefully change their views, however this will take time, there are a lot of sacred cows in this industry, HWE being one of them.
Note: the statement that OP cleaning VOIDS warranties is simply FALSE.
There is a mill currently considering making this the recommended method in Australia, they are manufacturers of commercial wool carpets.
Update: European mills are changing their tune, they are not only accepting Trinity machines, it looks like soon they will recommend them.
We only care that the carpet is dry in one hour, however on lightly soiled carpets, much less time is required for drying. We do find however that it is easier and faster to clean using the squeezed out pads that are WETTER than to do it with drier slower cleaning pads. In short, we do not strive for faster than one hour dry, because it is to our advantage to use more moisture to enhance the speed of cleaning.
Update: Often with the Trinity machines dry times are well below an hour.