Last year my house suffered from a flood which destroyed the entire first floor. The whole family went on vacation for 2 weeks and when we got back home, everything was under water. After a really long drying time, the upholstery, textiles and carpets needed to be cleaned thoroughly in order to remove all the dirt and that awful smell. I cannot describe how repelling that odor was. Because everything was drowned in water for more than a week, it had absorbed the water. As a result many of the carpets were covered in mold and mildew. Partially this was the cause for the disgusting odor. When you add the smell of stagnant water, you will get the full picture.
I knew I need professional help but I couldn’t afford expert . I had an idea how much would it cost me to order a specialist washing procedure for the entire floor, and definitely this wasn’t something I could spare money on. So I started searching information in forums and found out that many people shared the same problem. They had suffered a flood, or a fire, or sewage – various situations which completely destroy your home and way of life. Then I read there are high-quality cleaning products, suitable for application on various surfaces, not just on carpets. Moreover, there are detergents, designed specifically for use on such crisis situations. Many people share their positive experience with products, offered by Prochem Kärcher Group. Till then I didn’t know this is the leader in producing extremely effective and innovative cleaning products. Among the really great variety of cleaning products, there was one specific detergent which seemed to be made for coping with problems like mine. It was called Clean Green S777 and had non-ionic formulation. This was the reason it was ideal for use in restoration situations where cationic cleaners and disinfectants will be used on synthetic carpets, upholstery, and textiles. The people in the forum have written it was had amazing effects in cleaning even the most polluted areas at homes, suffered from disastrous situations. It could get rid of soils related to water restoration, sewage remediation, and oily soils found in fire damage restoration. Although it had relatively high pH – 9.6 – 10.4, it was appropriate for use on 5th generation stain resistant nylon carpeted floorings. It was powerful enough to be included in 1-step high-temperature water cleaning system. That meant there is no need to apply a pre-spray in advance and then clean with the right detergent. Avoiding this step of applying a pre-spray was great benefit because it saved you a lot of time, energy and money, especially when it comes to cleaning large areas. I knew that cleaning the furniture and carpets from an entire floor won’t be easy, neither quick, but I need to do everything I can to bring my home in the condition it used to be before the flood.
I ordered Clean Green S777 and 2 days later I received a small jar of dry compound. The jar was only 6½ lb but according to the description it would be enough for making up to 1040 gallons of ready to use solution. It was specifically designed for use with truckmounts and portables, so there were understandable instructions on the label how to dilute it. If I was going to use a truckmount, the dilution will be 1½ lb. (3 cups) per 5 gallons of water. If I preferred using a portable, the dilution was ½ to 1½ oz. per 5 gallons of water. I used a truckmount and the measurement of the right quantity of the detergent wasn’t a problem. It dissolved very quickly and I was ready to start the cleaning process. First, I vacuumed all the surfaces I was going to steam clean. Then I applied the detergent. Clean Green S777 had low-foaming formula which I liked very much. After I finished washing, I applied a cationic deodorizer for more pleasant smell.
I have to admit I was absolutely impressed by the superb results. May be you won’t believe me when I say my carpets and furniture were almost like brand new ones. The place seemed spotless and there was a light fresh smell because of using the right deodorizer. Luckily, Clean Green S777 was compatible with cationic deodorizers. I have to mention that 1 gallon was enough for covering about 400 square feet so you can get the idea how economical this detergent was. It took me a couple of hours to clean the damaged surfaces at home. In fact, I was prepared for much harder work. At the end of the cleaning I wasn’t tired as I expected to be. I felt so happy that this nightmare was over and I have saved the money from professional cleaning procedure.