Pro's Choice Brush and Bonnet Low-Moisture Encapsulating Soil Crystallization Bonnet Cleaner for Carpet

Pro’s Choice Envirex Brush and Bonnet can be used as a Spray and Brush cleaner or a Bonnet Cleaner for Cleaning Carpet.

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  • Low moisture technology avoids overwetting which can cause resoiling and reappearing spots and stains.
  • Used for spray/brush and bonnet carpet cleaning procedures.
  • Pro’s Choice Soil Crystallization products such as Brush & Bonnet are the cutting edge of low moisture technology for professional cleaners.
  • The encapsulating properties of Brush & Bonnet reduce resoiling, wicking and reappearing spots.
  • Brush and Bonnet is ideal for interim cleaning of commercial carpets - especially low-profile level-loop carpet.
  • Safe for stain-resistant nylon carpet such as Stainmaster®.
  • May be used in wet pad and dry pad bonnet cleaning processes.
  • May also be used in shower feed rotary brush and spray and brush.
  • You will be delighted with the results and the soil that is not picked up by the bonnet will be crystallized and encapsulated, ready for removal by subsequent vacuuming.
  • You will find that carpets look better and stay clean longer than with other bonnet cleaners!
  • Contains “wick-stop,” an anti-wicking crystallizing soil crystallization Acrylate Copolymer Blend.
  • Wicking on loop pile carpet can be greatly reduced by following hot water extraction with dry bonnet cleaning. This is especially helpful on commercial olefin loop carpet with a large number of spills.


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  • Carpet Cleaning Bonnet Cleaner Brush & Bonnet Low-Moisture Encapsulating Soil Crystallization Bonnet Cleaner for Carpet by Pro’s Choice

    from Bane-Clene®Corp.

    Pro’s Choice Envirex Brush and Bonnet can be used as a Spray and Brush cleaner or a Bonnet Cleaner for Cleaning Carpet.

    Features and Benefits:

    • Low moisture technology avoids overwetting which can cause resoiling and reappearing spots and stains.
    • Used for spray/brush and bonnet carpet cleaning procedures.
    • Pro’s Choice Soil Crystallization products such as Brush & Bonnet are the cutting edge of low moisture technology for professional cleaners.
    • The encapsulating properties of Brush & Bonnet reduce resoiling, wicking and reappearing spots.
    • Brush and Bonnet is ideal for interim cleaning of commercial carpets - especially low-profile level-loop carpet.
    • Safe for stain-resistant nylon carpet such as Stainmaster®.
    • May be used in wet pad and dry pad bonnet cleaning processes.
    • May also be used in shower feed rotary brush and spray and brush.
    • You will be delighted with the results and the soil that is not picked up by the bonnet will be crystallized and encapsulated, ready for removal by subsequent vacuuming.
    • You will find that carpets look better and stay clean longer than with other bonnet cleaners!
    • Contains “wick-stop,” an anti-wicking crystallizing soil crystallization Acrylate Copolymer Blend.
    • Wicking on loop pile carpet can be greatly reduced by following hot water extraction with dry bonnet cleaning. This is especially helpful on commercial olefin loop carpet with a large number of spills.

    What is bonnet cleaning?

    • This method is sometimes called “dry cleaning”, which is a misnomer, since water is used.
    • Bonnet Shampooing is simply an adaptation of hard floor spray buffing to carpets.
    • This method for carpet maintenance consists of the use of a rotary or oscillating brush adapted with a stiff brush or drive block designed to drive wet, damp or dry pads.
    • The carpet can be sprayed with the cleaning solution and/or the pads can be soaked in the cleaning solution and squeezed lightly before placing the pad under the driving brush.
    • Bonnet Cleaning vs. Extraction: Carpet is a 3-dimensional object. Hot water extraction (“steam cleaning”) cleans all three dimensions of carpet, but bonnet cleaning only cleans two dimensions.
    • Bonnet cleaning is strictly surface cleaning. What you see may look clean, but it’s a living, breathing sewer under the surface! Bonnet cleaning is NOT deep cleaning!
    • Sometimes, carbonated water is used to (in theory) give better soil suspension and bring down the pH. Companies using this method frequently use “scare” tactics to convince consumers that extraction cleaning or steam cleaning will destroy the carpet.
    • Check with your carpet manufacturer because many leading carpet mills recommend against this method of cleaning.

    Properties & Specifications:

    • Restrictions on Use: Professional Use Only. Keep out of reach of children.
    • Form: Clear Liquid.
    • Odor: Light Odor.
    • Use pH: 8.5.
    • Use Concentration:
      • Heavy soil: Use a dilution ratio of 16 to 1.
      • For maintenance cleaning: Use a dilution of 32 to 1 or 4 ounces per gallon of water.
    • Approved Use: Safe for stain-resistant nylon carpet.
    • Container Size: Single gallons.
    • Manufacturer: Pro’s Choice (CTI - Chemical Technologies, Inc).
    • Country of Manufacture: United States of America.

    How to Use Brush and Bonnet:

    Spray & Brush Technique:

    1. Pre-vacuum carpet.
    2. Dilute 1 part to 16 parts of water.
    3. Simply evenly spray carpet with “Brush & Bonnet” solution or apply with a rotary shampoo machine.
    4. Then brush carpet using floor machine with red or white buffing pad or nylon carpet brush.
    5. Soil will be absorbed by “Brush & Bonnet” solution then become a brittle crystal, which is removed during normal vacuuming.
    6. This is a very fast and efficient interim cleaning method.
    7. Carpets stay clean much longer.

    Bonnet Cleaning Method:

    1. Pre-vacuum carpet.
    2. Dilute Brush & Bonnet 1 part to 16 parts of water.
    3. Work in sections of approximately 100 square feet.
    4. Using a pump sprayer, evenly apply solution to the area.
    5. With a rotary dry bonnet and drive pad, buff the area to extract the soil and solution into the bonnet.
    6. Any residual soil that remains will dry to a non-sticky crystal, which will be removed during normal vacuuming.
    7. NOTE: Do not run a DRY bonnet on olefin (polypropylene) carpet or rug - olefin has a very low softening point!

    Wet Bonnet procedure:

    1. Pre-vacuum carpet.
    2. Submerge cotton bonnet in Brush and Bonnet solution.
    3. Wring well and buff carpet surface in overlapping pattern.
    4. Rinse and wring bonnet frequently.

    Here are some mill and fiber producer statements on carpet bonnet cleaning (Nearly all carpet manufacturers are against bonnet cleaning):

    • “Do not use “spin bonnet” or other rotary systems on cut-pile carpet.”
      -- Axminster Carpet
    • “Bonnet or Absorbent Pad … The use of this method is not recommended on cut-pile carpet.
      -- BASF, Guidelines for Maintenance and Cleaning
    • Non-approved methods: … Bonnet Method: … Disadvantage: This method only affects the surface of the carpet. The buffing action can distort the carpet pile and grind dirt deeper into the pile, and the spinning action of the pad can distort face yarn.”
      -- Collins & Aikman Floorcovering
    • Bonnet cleaning systems … Shaw Industries does not recommend this cleaning system. The bonnet system has very limited capability for soil removal and leaves much of the detergent in the pile since it employs no real extraction. As a result, rapid resoiling often occurs. Another disadvantage of this system is that the spinning bonnet may distort the pile fibers of cut pile carpet, leaving distinct swirl marks.”
      -- Shaw Industries
    • ROTARY PROHIBITION STATEMENT: To all valued Tandus Customers, Professional Cleaners and all concerned: Please be advised that Tandus does emphatically prohibit the use of all rotary devices or machines for the purpose of carpet cleaning, physical agitation and/or speed drying. ALL Rotary devices, including but not limited to bonnet machines and Cimex triple head machines, will void the manufacturer’s warranty. They are considered improper and nonapproved, and shall NOT be utilized on any Tandus product.”
      -- Tandus Technologies (Manufacturer primarily of commercial carpet such as PowerBond®)

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    Carpet Cleaning BonnetWhat Is Bonnet Carpet Cleaning?

    Why is Bonnet Cleaning Called “Dry Cleaning” by Some Professional Carpet Cleaning Companies?

    DEFINITION: Carpet bonnet cleaning, also called spin pad carpet cleaning or absorbent pad carpet cleaning or carbonated carpet shampoo cleaning, is simply an adaptation of hard floor spray buffing to carpets. Even though it is not true “dry cleaning”, many people using this system call it “dry cleaning”, which is highly deceptive, because it definitely is not “dry”.

    A round absorbent bonnet is prepared before actual cleaning by either a) immersing it with water and then wringing it out so it isn’t dripping wet, and heavily soiled areas are directly sprayed with the bonnet cleaning solution at no more than 200 square feet per gallon, or b) The bonnet is immersed into the bonnet cleaning solution and wrung out so it isn’t dripping wet.

    The rotating absorbent bonnet (usually cotton or rayon) is then attached to a low speed (175 RPM) rotary floor machine with a heavy-duty motor because of the high friction involved. A special drive block is required to keep the bonnet or pad from slipping off. Dirt is theoretically collected into the pad.

    The bonnet is supposed to be changed or turned when the pad surface stops absorbing soil - this is usually up to 600 square feet per bonnet side. The bonnet is then washed out and reused as needed. Sometimes, carbonated water is used to (in theory) give better soil suspension and bring down the pH.

    There are three methods for bonnet cleaning commercial carpet:

    1. SPRAY & BRUSH TECHNIQUE:
      1. Pre-vacuum carpet.
      2. Dilute 1 part Pro’s Choice Brush & Bonnet Low-Moisture Encapsulating Bonnet Cleaner for Carpet to 16 parts of water.
      3. Simply evenly spray carpet with Brush & Bonnet solution or apply with a rotary shampoo machine.
      4. Then brush carpet using floor machine with red or white buffing pad or nylon carpet brush.
      5. Soil will be absorbed by “Brush & Bonnet” solution then become a brittle crystal, which is removed during normal vacuuming.
      6. This is a very fast and efficient interim cleaning method.
      7. Carpets stay clean much longer.
    2. BONNET CLEANING METHOD:
      1. Pre-vacuum carpet.
      2. Dilute Brush & Bonnet 1 part to 16 parts of water.
      3. Work in sections of approximately 100 square feet.
      4. Using a pump sprayer, evenly apply solution to the area.
      5. With a rotary dry cotton bonnet, buff the area to extract the soil and solution into the bonnet.
      6. Any residual soil that remains will dry to a non-sticky crystal, which will be removed during normal vacuuming.
    3. WET BONNET PROCEDURE:
      1. Submerge cotton bonnet in Brush and Bonnet solution.
      2. Wring well and buff carpet surface in overlapping pattern.
      3. Rinse and wring bonnet frequently.
      4. Soil that is not picked up by the bonnet will be crystallized and encapsulated, ready for removal by subsequent vacuuming.

    The advantages of the bonnet carpet cleaning method are:

    • Low equipment cost
    • Rapid drying (usually dry in 30 minutes)
    • Very rapid cleaning (because you’re only cleaning the surface)
    • Less wicking
    • Lower investment
    • Fewer spots and stains coming back after cleaning
    • The ability to charge less because it’s faster

    The Disadvantages of the bonnet carpet cleaning method are:

    • Pile distortion and fiber damage on cut-pile carpet
    • Swirl marks left behind
    • Soil ground into the carpet
    • Abrasion of carpet due to gritty soil
    • Detergent and soil build-up
    • Resoiling due to sticky residue
    • Only the surface is cleaned - deep down dirt is not removed
    • A large inventory of clean bonnets is required
    • Several washers and dryers needed to clean the bonnets
    • Nearly all carpet and fiber manufacturers recommend against using the bonnet method on cut-pile carpet
    • Many of the detergents and shampoos for bonnet cleaning contain high levels of optical brightener
    • The carpet warranty may be voided by the carpet manufacturer

    Carpet is a three dimensional object. But, with bonnet carpet cleaning, only two dimensions (width and length) of the carpet are really cleaned - that is, the surface. Under the cleaned surface may exist a living, breathing sewer. Unfortunately, a clean appearance is all some customers care about.

    Bonnet cleaning does have a place in the scheme of things - sometimes it helps after extraction cleaning an area of LOOP-PILE carpet with a large number of spills. For example, if you have been extraction cleaning a loop pile carpet in a dining room in a nursing home where there is a large number of large spills and many of the stains always reappear, using dry bonnets after cleaning will reduce drying time and reduce possibility of wicking and, therefore, reduce the likelihood of having to go back. It can also be used after extraction cleaning of olefin Berber carpet to prevent streaking.

    If you see a large stain indicating a massive spill, even this won’t totally solve the problem.

    Of course, if there are just a few areas or if this is cut-pile carpet, you can simply spray down ARA Anti-Resoiling / Anti-Wicking Agent after extraction cleaning on the spill areas to reduce wicking.

    Clean and Brighten Your Cotton Bonnets: When you wash bonnets, use 3 oz. (1 heaping scoop) of Extreme Clean with 6 oz. (2 heaping scoops) of OSR in your wash.

    NOTE: Do not run a DRY bonnet on olefin (polypropylene) carpet or rug - olefin has a very low softening point!

    Here are some mill and fiber producer statements on carpet bonnet cleaning (Nearly all carpet manufacturers are against bonnet cleaning):

    • “Do not use “spin bonnet” or other rotary systems on cut-pile carpet.”
      -- Axminster Carpet
    • “Bonnet or Absorbent Pad … The use of this method is not recommended on cut-pile carpet.
      -- BASF, Guidelines for Maintenance and Cleaning
    • Non-approved methods: … Bonnet Method: … Disadvantage: This method only affects the surface of the carpet. The buffing action can distort the carpet pile and grind dirt deeper into the pile, and the spinning action of the pad can distort face yarn.”
      -- Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings, Care maintenance program for Powerbond products
    • Bonnet cleaning systems … Shaw Industries does not recommend this cleaning system. The bonnet system has very limited capability for soil removal and leaves much of the detergent in the pile since it employs no real extraction. As a result, rapid resoiling often occurs. Another disadvantage of this system is that the spinning bonnet may distort the pile fibers of cut pile carpet, leaving distinct swirl marks.”
      -- Shaw Industries
    • ROTARY PROHIBITION STATEMENT: To all valued Tandus Customers, Professional Cleaners and all concerned: Please be advised that Tandus does emphatically prohibit the use of all rotary devices or machines for the purpose of carpet cleaning, physical agitation and/or speed drying. ALL Rotary devices, including but not limited to bonnet machines and Cimex triple head machines, will void the manufacturer’s warranty. They are considered improper and nonapproved, and shall NOT be utilized on any Tandus product.”
      -- Tandus Technologies (Manufacturer primarily of commercial carpet such as PowerBond®)

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    VIDEO: Comparison of Carpet Cleaning Methods, Including Bonnet Cleaning

    What is the best way to clean carpet? Video from a “Chemistry of Cleaning” training seminar for professional carpet cleaners.

    Use Concentration:1:16 with water
    Use pH:8