Each year, a few of our carpet cleaning distributors invite us to their Customer Appreciation Days. CADs. These things are great – you get to set up in a booth and talk to all of their regular customers, have some free food and a general all-around good time. One of them even brings in several kegs of beer! And of course, I’ve got Citri-Flo to demo all day.
It’s almost all upside, but don’t forget that when you’re manning a booth anywhere, you’ll be repeating yourself all day. It’s just the nature of a booth. This gets compounded by the fact that you’re also hanging out with these folks during lunch, the prize giveaways, etc. So you get asked the same questions a lot.
I was hoping to better understand this market and its customers so this year I decided to keep track of the most frequently asked question. And it was …
“Can I Use Citri-Flo on Carpets?”
The answer is yes, Citri-Flo removes really tough stains, and removes all the oils from the carpet – and we know from experience that it makes them look and feel new again. Citri-Flo has a great deodorizing scent of oranges and is designed for indoor use.
Citri-Flo is a “wet” cleaner because it bonds to the stains and oils, then bonds with water. For example, some tough stains that Citri-Flo will turn into water are:
|Adhesives||Toner||Grease||Pine Tar||Spray Snow|
|Crude Oil||Crayon||Motor Oil||Resins||Tree Pitch|
|Blue Chalk||Cutback||Nail Polish||Tar||Lacquer|
|Candle Wax||Marker||Paint||Sealcoat||Eye Liner|
|Gum||Brake Fluid||Enamel & Latex||Shoe Polish||Food Grease|
Okay, so it’s a great cleaner, but it’s not for everything. Some stains are not petroleum based and so won’t respond to Citri-Flo. That includes rust, dye, bleach stains, mineral deposits, perspiration, food stains, Kool-Aid, coffee, pet stains, and grass.
There are some specialized spotters for these stains available from your distributor. But you should not use Citri-Flo on them. And never use it on polyester carpet fibers as they are nearly all petro-based materials.
Differences in Carpet Fibers – This is Important!
Citri-Flo is a great product and time saver, and it works best on these carpet and fabric materials:
- Nylon (including Antron, Ultron, Zeftron, Anso)
- Olefin (Herculon and Marquesa)
As always, if you’re in doubt, do a test in an inconspicuous place, such as in a closet or behind a door. Rub the area with white cloth wet with Citri-Flo. If the color is transferred to your cloth, don’t use Citri-Flo.
A Special Mention About Scotch-Guard
Citri-Flo will remove fluorocarbon and silicon soil repellents such as Scotch-Guard if it’s been applied to the carpet. Most of the time, the Scotch-Guard will have already been removed by previous cleanings. After cleaning with Citri-Flo, re-apply the Scotch-Guard in a few days.