This article was originally published by BSCAI Services.
For many years one of the most widely used solutions for interim carpet care has been the bonnet cleaning method. Bonnet cleaning is the process of applying a cleaning agent to a cloth disc, called a “bonnet,” and using a 175 RPM lowspeed machine to spin the bonnet over the carpet. This process is the preferred method for many cleaners because there is little investment in equipment, since virtually every facility has a lowspeed machine, and the cleaning chemicals are quite inexpensive.
Done correctly, bonnet cleaning can be a cost-effective method for maintaining carpet, assuming the carpet is no longer under warranty. Effective bonnet cleaning involves the use of a pump-up sprayer to apply the cleaning solution to the bonnet, along with checking, flipping, and replacing the bonnet as soon as it becomes soiled, so as to not spread dirt to other areas of the carpet.
Almost all carpet mills have bonnet prohibition or rotary cleaning prohibition in their warranties. This means that if your customer is having an issue with their carpet and the carpet mill comes out to inspect the carpet and discovers that you’ve been bonnet cleaning, the warranty on the carpet may be voided. The reason for this is the way bonnet cleaning is practiced by most cleaners.
About the author: Richard "Bo" Bodo is the Director of Business Development at Windsor, an IICRC Master Textile Cleaner, and contributor to industry standards, publications, and training programs. Bo has more than 12 years of industry experience in both chemicals and equipment.