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How pH Levels Affect Your Carpets and Preventing Damage with Carpet Cleaning in Newton, IA

April 24th, 2017 · No Comments

When it comes to carpet care, many think of the process as a simple part of their cleaning routine. At ServiceMaster of Newton, carpet cleaning becomes a science. Our carpet cleaning technicians practice IICRC-approved cleaning methods and use state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and products. Because we know virtually all there is to know about what’s going on in the carpets in your home or business, we’re equipped to provide the best care possible for your carpeting with our comprehensive professional carpet cleaning in Newton, IA.

While time and general wear play their own parts in carpet damage, the most significant factor that affects your carpets is dirt. Dirt is a broad term, however, and not every kind of dirt is created equal. When breaking down the category of “dirt” and examining how it affects your carpets, pH is a significant consideration.

A way of measuring acid, alkaline, and neutral levels, pH is the reason pools and hot tubs are tested, soil levels are checked, and drinking water is treated. The levels of pH range from 0 to 14. A pH measurement between 0 and 6 is categorized as acidic, 7 is categorized as neutral, and between 8 and 14 is categorized as alkaline (or basic). In general, any pH levels that are not neutral will have a negative effect on your carpets.


Acidic dirt is one of the most common types of contaminants that can damage your carpeting. This can include anything from food particles to the soil that literally comes from the ground. Oils can be a particularly harmful type of acidic intruder in your carpeting. Our cleaning technicians treat your carpets with solutions that work to buffer low pH materials and return your carpeting pH levels to neutral.


Though alkaline materials (also known as bases) are less common than acids, they’re equally damaging to your carpeting. Any contaminants on the high end of the pH scale can burn, stain, and weaken your carpet fibers. Alkaline contaminants include rust, heavy metals, inorganic salts, and certain oils. Like acids, alkaline substances must be removed and the pH of your carpets must be neutralized with a buffering cleaning solution.

Because high or low pH levels have such a damaging effect on your carpets, a crucial part of our cleaning process focuses on removing acidic or basic dirt and neutralizing your carpet fibers. For more information about pH and our comprehensive carpet cleaning in Newton, IA, contact ServiceMaster of Newton at (641) 792-9580 today.

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