How you do you calculate a dilution ratio for carpet cleaning solutions?

Carpet cleaning solutions dilutions are normally expressed in “Ratio” This ratio is how much carpet cleaning concentrate to add to an amount of water.

The charts below will give you the concentrate needed for 0.5lt spray bottle, 5lts of water and 10lts of water.

To help you with small amounts of concentrate carpet cleaning solution we have provided you will some alternative ways to measure out the concentrate.

carpet cleaning 25ml solution

Step By Step Guide On How To Clean Velvet Or Microfibre Sofas.

This guide focuses on discovering if you can clean your velvet sofa at home or if you need to call in a professional carpet cleaner. I will show you the tests that a professional cleaner would perform.

Just like we check the label on our clothes before we put them into our washing machines we must check the fibres that have been used to make the velvet finish on our sofa. Also because we are dealing with a “Velvet Finish” we will also need to check that fabric finish for its “Hypersensitivity” to cleaning.

I know that sounds very difficult but the tests are very simple and prevent mistakes when cleaning. some fibres or finishes can not be wet cleaned. this does not mean that they can’t be cleaned these fibres should only be cleaned by a professional cleaner using on site dry cleaning methods.

As you would expect using dry cleaning methods to clean a sofa means that health and safety rules are applied for the environment and room in your home. Dry cleaning in the home does work out more expensive but is totally in the reach of most peoples budgets.

Can Your Velvet Sofa Be Wet Cleaned? The Burn Test.

This test will tell what fibres make up your velvet finish on your sofa. When you are cleaning velvet you are dealing with first the fibre and second the velvet finish that gives us feel to the fabric.

Will You Velvet Finish Stand Up To Being Wet Cleaned? The Hypersensitivity Test.

As you can see in the chart below we have a few fabric finishes alone with possible problems and how to avoid these cleaning problems with a simple test.

HypersensitivityTest For Cleaning Velvet Sofas

So what is a “Acid Rinse”

A professional acidic rinse agent for neutralising alkaline pre-sprays and stabilising colours. WoolSafe approved maintenance product for wool carpets and rugs. Prevents most colour bleed, yellowing and browning and conditions all natural and synthetic fibres

we recommend using “Prochem B109-05 Fibre & Fabric Rinse” sorry it only comes in 5 Litre and you can get it though amazon

Dilution 1 to 100 give you a pH of 4

Other guides on Cleaning Fabric and why you need to identify them before cleaning. As you see from the list sofa cleaning is a high risk for the home owner. Its knowing the risk that is important when deciding to use a professional cleaner or do it yourself. This is not made any easier given all the videos on youtube. Just remember that these youtubes do not have to replace your sofa if it goes wrong. A Professional cleaner will have insurance that covers them if they make a mistake like any other professional tradesmen.

Identifying Fibres Synthetic Man Made

Identifying Fibres Viscose Rayon

Identifying Fibres Cotton

Identifying Fibres Linen

Identifying Fibres Silk

Identifying Fibres Wool

The Shrinkage Test

Will The Colours Run When I Clean My Sofa

Cleaning Protein Fibers (Animal)

Cleaning Cellulose Fibers (Plant)

Cleaning Your Velvet Sofa

Here is a list of the items your will need to clean your velvet sofa

Now depending on the soil level you have a choice on what method you use to clean your velvet sofa.

The Three Sofa Cleaning Methods

1.Preventive Sofa Cleaning Method

Sofa fabrics in very good condition showing light to medium soil build up on body contact areas. Preventive Sofa Cleaning Method

2. Corrective Sofa Cleaning Method

Sofa fabrics in good condition with no visible wear and showing medium to heavy soil on body contact areas. Corrective Sofa Cleaning Method

3. Salvage Sofa Cleaning Method

Sofa fabrics that have not been cleaned for many years and show signs of wear. very heavily soiled. this included sofa that have been in the home where major work has been carried out or with an open fire or wood burner. also water damaged sofas. Salvage Sofa Cleaning Method

The Step By Step Guide For Each Sofa Cleaning Method Is Here

Conclusions For Cleaning Velvet Sofas

I know the steps sound difficult but, you can clean your own velvet sofa if you understand the risk. its this risk that all most the velvet guides and videos leave out.

Each year professional cleaners spend money on training. but cleaning is seen to be something that anyone can do, yes. but you also need to know when and why its risky.

The other problem with cleaning is how do you know a cleaner thats does not invest in learning their trade and one that does? that is another guide on its own. its a mine field. in short know which certifications have real value and the ones that are just paper that say that a cleaner has just attended a course.

Good luck

Ian Harper

Certified In Cleaning Science By City And Guilds

Mr Ian Harper

So, what are you getting apart from a clean carpet? We can promise you more than just a clean carpet. Check out the links for the science and evidence and common sense that backs up why carpet cleaning is more than visible dirt.

3 Years Of After Care

Our service is not like other carpet cleaners. First we dont just remove the visible dirt, we finish each clean by killing any germs. Did you know that new research found that washing clothes on cold did not kill all the bacteria.

The Bottom Line

You are getting more than just a clean carpet. For more detailed information just click the links above and you will be taken to a page with all details about that part of our service.

The More Carpets You Have Cleaned The Cheaper Each One Becomes

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