Simple Science: Carpet Cleaning Vocabulary
Blot – Press down and soak up into a cloth.
Bonnet Cleaning – A low moisture cleaning method which cleans only the face fibers of carpeting. It is performed with a bonnet machine.
Extract – To pull or draw out a soil or liquid from carpeting with suction. Usually done with a machine.
Organic Soil – Originating from any living organism. Includes blood, food, grease.
Resoil – New stains that appear where old stains were cleaned, due to sticky residual cleaning chemicals attracting new soil to the same spot.
Tannin – An organic, acidic substance that comes from certain plants and is found in drinks like red wine, coffee, tea and some juices.
Wick – To draw up liquid (and soil with it) to the surface of carpeting.