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Carpet Cleaning Training
We always need to do a really thorough pre-inspection on the carpet. We’re going to look for joints that might be opening up. We’re going to look for pre-existing damage on things like skirting boards. We’re going to look for furniture that might leave marks on the carpet or that that carpet may leave stains on the furniture.
This leg of this chair could leave a rusty mark, so we’re going to put these little furniture tapes on. It’s sticky on one side, so when we move the furniture, it’s going to stay with the furniture. These are a great idea. So we’ve cleaned behind the lounge, now it’s time to put the furniture back.
Remember keep your back straight, not bending over like this. We want you to crouch right down, and lift the lounge sweep back like that. Keeping the back straight and remember when furniture goes back, and the tape is still in place. Now we’re going to pre-spray the carpet ready for cleaning.
This is one of the most parts of any cleaning job. We must get the pre-spray on in the amount, and we must get it on nice and evenly, too. If we leave zigzag marks all over the place, that’s not going to be good. If we miss bits on the carpet with the pre-spray, we’ll end up with a shadow on the carpet afterwards.
So let’s start applying the pre-spray. Remember we’re going to use a nice even spray pattern. We’re going to be squeezing the trigger on and off as we’re going. Ooh. Watch out for that one. We don’t want to be spraying over the top of the hoses, or we can have a shadow mark on the carpet later on. That will give you a recall. Remember to give it a little bit extra spray on the heavy traffic areas.
So around under the beds don’t need much pre-spray at all, but on the walkways, yeah, you need just that a little bit more. So just give it an extra bit of a spray on those walkways. The best way to learn to pre-spray is to actually find an area or just ordinary concrete out in the sun, and pre-spray the concrete. What you want to see is a nice, even pattern. You don’t want puddles of water.
That can indicate that you’ve got too much pre-spray on, and you don’t want dry patches either. Do it out in the sun. Pick an area or about the size of the room, and practise pre-spraying with just plain water. Don’t waste your detergent. Just pre-spray the concrete, and get that pattern right.
Remember put a line on the concrete somewhere and pre-spray up to that. You don’t want to be pre-spraying up on the walls and damaging the wall pipe or the paintings or anything like that. So practise pre-spraying getting a nice, even coverage, and that’s going to give you a great result.
To start our cleaning process, checking about pressure, and you can hear the vacuum running. We’re going to start against the wall. We’re going to drop that wand in nice and close, and then we’re going to start our pass. We come up, make the pass, turn the trigger off, and then do a dry vacuum pass to pick up even more moisture.
I’ll show you what I mean. Pushing back over give us that second dry vacuum, and that just pulls up even more moisture so we get a nice, clean carpet, extra soil removed, and of course, as dry as possible. We want good posture as we’re working. Remember keep the back straight. Don’t be hunched over. We don’t want that. We don’t want to be working our back. When we’re actually working the wand, it’s a one trigger operation.
Put the finger on the trigger like that; we can move the wand with just one finger. What we’ll do is we’ll just show you a few more passes and how it actually works. Keep your back nice and straight. Relax. We don’t want to see this white knuckle action going on. Relax. Let your hand hang by the side. Look lazy. If you look lazy, you’re probably doing it right. Just a nice, relaxed stance, back straight, let the trigger fall on to the finger, and one hand operation. Easy As.
Let the machine do the work. We’ve got a little spot down there that we want to treat. We can shoot from the hip. A couple of quick vacuums to pull out the bulk of that spotter; and a couple of passes with the wand to make sure we get it all out, and then we can continue on our way. When we finish cleaning, we want to have a nice even finish to the carpet. We don’t want streaks or zigzag marks or anything like that. We want to leave it as the carpet was new.
Doesn’t that look better? When we finish cleaning, sometimes we need to apply a little bit of deodorant. That’s just simply pump up the spray and apply fine mist over the carpet. Some carpets will benefit with an application of a fabric protection. This is a great add-on to any carpet cleaning business.
We’re already done cleaning the carpet, and for a few extra dollars, we can actually apply carpet protector. Just made a few extra dollars.