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How does the Encapsulation Method Work?
This method is different from the rest in that the carpet is not really cleaned as with other methods. The dirt is not removed, it is actually hidden and dispersed. After your carpet is vacuumed, Encap companies will then spray a chemical. It’s called a crystallizing acrylic polymer. This chemical is worked into your carpet with their counter-rotating agitation brush machine. The picture on the left is an example of an encapsulation machine. The agitation from the machine helps break the bond between the dirt and the fibers of the carpet. Once dry, the solution crystallizes and theoretically surrounds (encapsulates) the dirt and sticky residues, making them easier to be vacuumed.
Looking Clean vs. Being Clean
It has been said that the encapsulation method is partly a soil redistribution system. While your carpets may appear to be clean after an Encapsulation cleaning, they really are not. Just ask anyone who does encapsulation- where did all the dirt go? Ask them to show it to you. They can’t. It’s the brighteners that are making your carpets look clean. The soil is not being removed during their “cleaning” process. Their machine only spreads the camouflaged soil around. If this method was effective, why is it not recommended by either Shaw or Mohawk? These carpet manufacturers provide the warranties for new carpet and both companies want your carpet to last beyond the warranty period. Carpet manufacturers obviously don’t want to pay out claims for advising improper maintenance procedures. So, the bottom line is, if the carpet is soil saturated… the only thing that will make it truly clean is the removal of the soil. In other words, hot water extraction is required in order to remove large amounts of dirt. And the only possible way to properly maintain residential carpet is a periodic hot water extraction cleaning every 12 to 18 months. Check out how ALL CLEAN!, LLC stack up to other Hot Water Extraction companies.
Extracting Their Chemical
I remember early on in my cleaning career when I was on a carpet cleaning job cleaning for a friend of a friend. After cleaning her carpets, I went to clean the bottom of my RotoVac and found a strange orange substance. At the time I had no idea what it was, but Ruth knew. She told me that over 10 years prior, her father had a carpet cleaning business and he used the encapsulation method when he cleaned her house. So, as it turns out, I was pulling out acrylic polymer that had been in her carpets for over ten years! Although the orange acrylic polymer chemical is no longer used, there is still a fanchise out there that leaves this chemical in your carpets for your children or pets to crawl on.
The Wrong Type of Equipment for Residential Cleaning
Encapsulation, or (VLM – Very Low Moisture) cleaning was primarily designed for high-rise and commercial buildings where a truck-mount’s hoses can’t reach. This method was not designed for homes with pet stains, soils, pathogens, and traffic patterns. Most homeowners want the dirt that’s in their carpet removed, not hidden. Encapsulation is a very cost-effective way to clean commercial carpet because appearance tends to be the primary goal in a business environment. And, cost to clean for the carpet cleaner is around .003 cents per square foot. Encapsulation was never designed to replace hot water extraction in a residential environment. Sadly, there is a franchise that has no qualms about using this method in their customer’s homes.
Will it Destroy Viruses and Bacteria?
Because of Covid-19, now more than ever, people are looking for a cleaning method that will destroy the viruses and bacteria found in residential carpets. The encapsulation method does NOT provide the high heat necessary to destroy living organisms. According to the CDC, 165 F. is necessary to kill these living pathogens. The encapsulation method provides no hot water heat whatsoever.
Is the Encapsulation Method GREEN?
Acrylate polymer is the primary chemical used during the encapsulation process. It is commonly used in cosmetics (such as nail polish) as an adhesive. Most companies who use the encapsulation method don’t tell you on their website specifically what chemical they are using with a link to the material safety data sheet. ALL CLEAN!, LLC uses Procyon, a 100% non-toxic, soap-free, non-sticky cleaning agent as our prespray. Here’s the link to the MSDS Sheet. There you’ll see it rates zeros in all four catagories, meaning it is 100% safe and 100% non-toxic.
Why No Before and After Videos from Encap Cleaners?
Look hard and you still won’t find any videos of Encap cleaners showing a dramatic difference as they “clean” residential carpet. Why? Because they are unable. As stated before, Encap. does NOT clean carpet. They move the dirt around and hide it with brighteners. The counter-rotating brushes on their machine just spin and agitate. No dirt is picked up until YOU vacuum, and the amount of dirt that’s picked up depends on the power of YOUR vacuum cleaner. You can do a search on YouTube for hot water extraction or steam cleaning (same thing) and you’ll find hundreds of carpet cleaners showing a dramatic before and after visual difference as they clean. The one on the left is of my son cleaning a dirty carpet with our RotoVac. If you find a good Encap. video, please let me know!
Which Dries Faster?
Yes, after Encapsulation cleaners push your dirt around, it is true that their method will dry faster. But what would you rather have, dry dirty carpet, or clean fresh carpet that will dry in just a few hours? I’m sure most would prefer the latter when given the choice.
Which is More Expensive?
The Hot Water Extraction method is definitely more expensive. A typical investment in an encapsulation machine runs anywhere between $2,000 to $3,300. ALL CLEAN! invested over $70,000 in our most recent state-of-the-art truck-mounted system. This is the main reason why we are able to clean carpets way better than those who use the encapsulation method. You really are getting what you pay for when the right equipment is used to clean your carpets.
Does the Hot Water Extraction Cause Mold?
No. Not unless the cleaning company you hire is using 30 year old equipment! Technology has come a long way with hot water extraction. Carpets are left damp, not wet. Carpets will dry within a few hours, not days as was the case 30 years ago.
Don’t be fooled or misled by companies that try to trick people with false claims and gimmicks. Trust the carpet manufacturers and go with a company that uses the Hot Water Extraction Method. Truth told, just about any carpet cleaning company that uses hot water extraction will yield better results than those who use the encapsulation method in a residential environment.
Contact ALL CLEAN!, LLC
To schedule an appointment or to just inquire about prices, call 215-538-0290 or use the contact form to the right. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!