A reader writes: “Could you please list the tasks for Bonnet Cleaning in comparison to Hot Water Extraction (HWE)? Thanks.”

Let’s take a look at bonnet cleaning first. It is considered “interim cleaning” since it is primarily designed to clean the top of the carpet fibers that are visible to the general observer. Other terms that come to mind are “low moisture” and “spot/traffic lane” cleaning. Although we are not going to get into the chemicals it should be pointed out that they are different from the products used in HWE for very important reasons.

A key factor to take into account is the equipment and supplies used. The primary equipment for bonnet cleaning is: 1) a 175 RPM floor machine, 2) a mop bucket and wringer combination, 3) a 1-2 quart, pump up type sprayer (think bug sprayer). As to supplies you will need a quantity (think only using bonnets one time before laundering) of the same size (as the floor machine) pads preferably made of absorbent cotton or microfiber. I do not recommend the polyester pads with the green scrubby strips due to the possibility of damaging the carpet fibers. Following are suggested steps for using the bonnet system:

1. Vacuum carpeted area thoroughly and put up wet floor signs as appropriate.
2. Fill bucket with warm water and the correct solution of bonnet cleaner.
3. Fill pump up sprayer with warm water and correct solution of bonnet cleaner.
4. Spray a 10’ x 10’ area with the cleaner and allow it a few moments for dwell time. Do not overspray or soak the carpet although you can give a little extra solution to spots/stains.
5. Wring out the first pad and after placing it under machine, begin a back and forth pattern with at least two inches of overlap.
6. Once the pad “feels” like it is drying out, flip it and use the other side.
7. Once both sides are soiled, place aside to be laundered. DO NOT put back in cleaning solution.
8. Continue this process until the entire area has been cleaned.

The result should be a clean looking carpeted area that will dry in a very brief time. We will look at HWE in the next article. Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…..

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.