Soiled Carpet, Literally [Photo Contest]


The photo contest winner this month is Ray Jones of Altamont Chem-Dry in Livermore, Calif. for cleaning a heavily soiled carpet in a customer’s hall. His company will receive a Visa gift card worth $250.

We received a call from a woman who said her son had “tracked” potting soil onto the carpet. When we arrived, we found what looked like an entire bag of wet potting soil “dumped” in the hallway. We used a Shop-Vac to remove the bulk of the spill followed by an extractor to remove as much moisture as
possible. We then used preconditioner and performed a final extraction. The tough part was trying to limit moisture/overwetting. Lastly, we used an encapsulating product to reduce wicking and prevent a callback if the customer was unsatisfied—no call back, happy customer!

For an opportunity to win a gift card worth $250, send your images and a brief 100-word description on how you obtained your results to Amanda Hosey, managing editor, at [email protected], or submit via Facebook Messenger at Contest rules available by request.


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Mechanical action used with encapsulation detergents can reduce soil particles to nano-sized pieces, which are held in the shell the detergent creates until it is vacuumed away, reducing rapid resoiling.


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