You are preparing to clean your client’s upholstery. It may be white cotton, linen, a jacquard print or another fine fabric where there are concerns about possible browning, bleeding or shrinkage. When the cleaning is finished, it should be protected. What type of product do you use?
Back at the turn of the century, this would have been an easy question to answer. You reach for a protector with a solvent carrier and (hopefully) your respirator. Clear the home-owner and her family from the area, set-up ventilation and go to work. This is how many top cleaners would have responded.
Back in the last century, many top carpet and upholstery cleaners used the yellow pages as the cornerstone of their marketing strategy. But times change, sometimes rather quickly.
What has changed causing upholstery cleaners to decide against picking up that sprayer full of solvents?
For one thing – government regulation. With California Air Quality Board (CARB) leading the way and other states often following a couple of years later, regulation of solvents that might be used in fabric protectors has increased. The current regulation allows fabric protector to contain no more than 1% solvents. There are a few exceptions (acetone, Methyl acetate, ‘perc’ dry cleaning fluid), but these are regulated in other ways because of their extreme flammability and/or because they are suspected carcinogens.
A few drops of acetone used to clean up some ink or fingernail polish is OK, but imagine spraying enough solvent to protect all the upholstered furniture in an average living room. Just the odor alone could keep the family out for a week!
Another reason for avoiding the widespread use of solvents behind is safety concerns. This includes the safety of the technician and the occupants. Asthma is on the increase with many attacks being triggered by reactions to fragrances and odors. Solvents also trigger a number
You don’t want to shrink the fabric, cause the white cotton to turn brown, the red flower to bleed into the beige field or to encounter any other event trigger by over-wetting and slow drying.
The final piece of the solution comes from the forward-looking We have had one part of the solution for several years, low moisture upholstery cleaning tools, including the DriMaster, Sapphire Upholstery Pro, and the Hydrokinetic Upholstery Tool by Hydro-Force.
formulators at Bridgepoint Systems. They saw the trend in regulation and knew cleaners would need a fabric protector that would not encourage shrinking, browning or bleeding. They began working on this years ago and the result is Maxim Advanced for Upholstery and Fine Fabric with Dye-Loc. The acid side pH resists browning even on white fabric. The addition of Dye-Loc assures that colors won’t bleed into other parts of the fabric. The level of protection against oils, watery spills, and dry soil afforded to your client’s fabrics is excellent.
Your customer’s will love it and you won’t have to deal with the solvent issues. It is a win win.
By Scott Warrington
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