Citra-Zov Carpet Cleaning Pre-spray Detergent was something we were given to test. We received a little container from A&A Supply in Houston, TX. It was real nice to receive a free product to test and experience. I don’t mind trying new things from time to time.
The Good Stuff
Citra-Zov is a very powerful carpet cleaning detergent and is designed to really tackle the tough stuff and win every time. It has a very high PH of 12 at the ready to use mixture. It’s also made up of commonly used “booster” prodcuts… enzymes, D-limonene, and powdered oxygen. Each of these key ingredients make a killer concauction for cleaning some of the dirtiest carpet.
Unfortunately, most of the cleaning we do here at Spotless Flooring are not nearly as bad as what this product is made for. Using powerful products like this when is not necessary can actually cause problems which I will talk about later. Because of that, we didn’t get many chances to really put it to the test but I did want to talk about the times we used the Citra-Zov as it was kindly given to us to test.
The first thing I noticed about this product it smells GREAT and it’s smell lingers for a while. I like it when my clients feel like cleaning has commenced just from a smell. Everytime we laid down this prodcut, we were complimented about the smell. I believe that comes from the D-limonene. Either way, when this stuff is in the room, you know the cleaning just got serious.
Shortly after hitting the carpet, the product can be seen working. We use a scrubbing machine to work all cleaning products into the carpet. During this process, we could see the cleaning difference as all the soil was releasing from the carpet. Dirty spots start fading into the floor and just becoming smudges into the rest of the soil. That’s always a good sign, it means the cleaner is doing its job and rinsing out the soil with the steam cleaning process will be effective.
The cleaning goes on and the carpet is rinsed of the soil and cleaning product with our hot water extraction system.
Picking it Apart
Though this product is great at what it does, it does not mix real easily. That means I have to shake the mixing container a few more times and wait a little longer before applying it through the in-line sprayer. This is not uncommon with good enzyme presprays though.
The container label really needs to be redesigned for a more professional appearance. Though the product works, the label doesn’t say “I WORK USE ME!” It makes a difference.
Problems commonly encountered from using powerful products when not necessary include PH extreme damage to color, high chances of quick resoiling, and even chemical damage to the carpet fibers. Though these possibilities exist, the use of such products is still a good idea for extreme cases.
PH extreme color damage is when a product is applied to the carpet and then the color of the carpet changes. Most of the time this will not be noticed until the home owners move out. Then everyone wonders why the areas were the furniture sat are such a different color.
The higher the PH of the cleaning product, the harder it is to rinse out of the carpet. These products need to be rinsed very well and many times. In fact, it needs to be rinsed using rotary extractor to fully remove the cleaning detergents. The amount of strokes necessary using a traditional wand is much more than any cleaner wants to do (ph testing proves this). SO, without being able to completely rinse the products from the carpet, the floor will collect soil and return to its dirty state faster than expected.
The final reason not to use powerful products like this is the fact that they actually damage the carpet fibers due to how aggressive it is. For any carpet that comes with built in carpet protector or fiber guard from the factory, citra-zov will noticeably damage that protective shield cause fiber damage. This is stuff that is visible under a microscope, not to the naked eye.
When to Use
Though these possibilities exist, the use of this product has its place. We would recommend using Citra-Zov on really dirty carpet commonly found in rental homes or high traffic commercial areas. Still, a rinse-aid should be used and a rotary extractor is highly recommended.
Product: Citra-Zov Powder with De-Zov-All
RTU PH: 12
Recommended dilution: 2oz. per gallon
Producer: Harvard Chemical Research
Click Here to see MSDS for Citra-Zov w/De-Zov-All