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Sunday, August 30, 2015


I have several cleaning question for the experts at ICAN: 1. How are sanitation methods related to proper cleaning? 2. How do I obtain a Virginia trade and industrial vocational teaching license? 3. How does Ph work in proper carpet cleaning?


We’ll take these one at a time.
1. Sanitation refers to conditions and actions affecting health. Cleaning, when properly done, contributes a great deal to sanitation by removing microorganisms and surface conditions favorable to microbe growth and reproduction. Trash removal is sanitation. Disinfection of rest rooms and fixtures is sanitation. Mopping the floor is sanitation. Anything a cleaner does to promote a health environment and reduce the possibility of infection or disease is sanitation and the primary reason we clean today.
2. Contact the state agency responsible for issuing the teaching license you seek. They will provide the qualification requirements and fee information.
3. pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. In carpet cleaning, as with most surfaces, the acidic soils are best released by an alkaline product. A Ph of 9 or less is safest for wool fibers. A number higher than that means a more aggressive chemical, possibly safe for man-made carpet fibers, but capable of leaving a residue that may contribute to a dull appearance and resoiling. Many cleaners use an acidic rinse to bring the Ph of the carpet down to neutral (7) or even lower.
Before you begin your teaching career you may want to look into some of the certification course offered by the IICRC. For info visit:
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor