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Back to the subject of EW (engineered water) or EAW (electrically-activated
water) as some call it. I have received my Immerse-a-Clean (IAC) device from
Geneon Technologies (www.geneontechnologies.com) It is a tool much better suited to being used in a real-world carpet cleaning situation than my 2-gallon batch water ionizer. The batch ionizer is really too small and too slow to be useful. I have been thinking of seeing if I might be able to have it specially made for me in, say, a 5-gallon size. If I go this route, I may add batch ionizer to the items in my Packages.
The IAC is able to create the volumes of EW needed as pre-spray on a carpet cleaning job. I can make a full 2-gallon pump sprayer of EW in just 2 minutes. I could make 5 gallons of EW also in 2 minutes, simply by increasing the tiny volume of what Geneon refers to as Catalyst that is mixed into the water prior to running the IAC's electric device. The device ends in a kind of wand, which in immersed into your water container. The Catalyst is potassium carbonate (tartar salt). Each time you twist the small handle on the catalyst container, a small, pre-measured amount of catalyst goes into the water. Kind of like salting a steak. The Catalyst is used to increase the conductivity of the water. So you are able to make up a full day's amount of pre-spray before you leave your home or office for the day, or make it on the job site itself.
I have performed several jobs over the last couple of weeks substituting IAC-
generated EW for my usual green cleaning products: Challenger's Orbit Natural and Vacaway's Encap-Green. I have been unable to see any reduction of the quality of the results when using EW, nor has any customer told me that the results don't look up to our usual standard. This past Saturday we
did a several thousand sq. ft. job in an industrial building. The carpet was in pretty tough shape, soil and stains-wise. I would normally have encapped it, with my Orbitec CX-20 and Fiber-Plus or maybe even Fiber-Max pads. Then I might have re-done the areas which still looked a little dark with absorbent pads, either terrycloth or microfiber. Instead, I used the IAC's EW as my prespray, and 19" MicroBeast pads to do the whole job. The pads' scrubber strips easily sliced thru all the really bad spots and stains, and the same pads, being absorbent microfiber, then absorbed the liquified soil. And unlike terrycloth pads, MicroBeast pads can easily be squeezed out and re-used on the job site, so you don't have to have so many on hand as when using terrycloth pads. The Facility Manager of this industrial building sent me a post-job email, saying
"Whoa !! How's you do that? No one has ever gotten these carpets to look so good before. Stand by, and I will be calling you soon to do the rest of the building".
On the residential side, I have done a good mix so far on synthetic fiber carpeting, as well as on all-wool rugs and carpeting. So EW as produced by the IAC seems to be a cleaning product with some versatility.
You can find additional info on both the Immerse-a-Clean and Geneon Technologies by conducting your own online searches. Let me know if you have any interest in obtaining your own IAC. They are priced at $2995. You might save that amount of money in a year, just by not buying all those gallons of whatever cleaning product you now use.
I have now been using the electrolyzed water generated by my Immerse-a-Clean device for everything I do for much of this calendar year. In addition to finding that there has been no dropoff in the quality of my carpet cleaning results since switching from bottled cleaning concentrate, I have also been pleased with its performance with spots and stains. I recently re-encountered a reddish pink stain on a customer's carpet. I had tried previously to remove it with one of the products made expressly for this task, but it was still quite visible. This time I pre-treated it with a squirt of EW (electrolyzed water). I came back about a half-hour later, ran my OP over it a couple of times, and it was gone.
I have also been experimenting on using EW when cleaning upholstery. I clean
upholstery using my little 6" orbital tool, with the head covered with a 14"
terrycloth pads, held in place with a couple of rubber bands. Sounds simple, but the customers continue to be really pleased. In some cases I have applied
my EW, not with the usual pump sprayer, but instead with the very fine particulate spray, or fog, produced by the Geneon Mist
It spreads the cleaning solution more evenly on the fabric than does a sprayer,
but with enough force to penetrate it a bit into the fabric. Also, any overspray is less like water, and more like mist or fog. So while the Mist device may raise the humidity level in the room by a few points, it won't really wet anything but what you are trying to clean.