Cleaning soft surfaces presents unique challenges, requiring specialised solutions to effectively remove stains, dirt, and odours without compromising the integrity of delicate materials. In this blog, we explore the world of soft surface cleaning and delve into ICT Industries’ comprehensive range of cleaners designed to tackle these challenges head-on.

Understanding Soft Surface Cleaning

Soft surfaces encompass a wide array of materials, including carpets, upholstery, drapes, and fabrics, each requiring unique cleaning approaches. Unlike hard surfaces, soft surfaces are prone to absorbing dirt, spills, and odours, making traditional cleaning methods less effective. Moreover, harsh chemicals can damage delicate fibres, compromising the appearance and longevity of these materials.

ICT’s Range of Soft Surface Cleaners

ICT recognizes the importance of gentle yet powerful cleaning solutions for soft surfaces, which is why they’ve developed a range of specialised products. First, let’s take a look at their carpet and upholstery cleaners, then we’ll cover their leather cleaners. 

Carpet Cleaners 

Flexiclean™ CC-560G

Flexiclean™ CC-560G, a functionalized “green system” dispersant polymer, stands as a beacon of innovation in encapsulating carpet and upholstery cleaning formulations. Its powerful cleaning properties eliminate tacky residue, ensuring thorough cleaning without compromising surface integrity. 

Flexiclean™ CC-560G also prevents rapid re-soiling through brittle dry down and encapsulation, enhancing dry soil pick-up during vacuuming and imparting anti-soiling properties to cleaned surfaces. Moreover, its ultra-low VOC composition enables effective formulations with less than 1% total VOC, aligning with environmentally conscious practices. 

Flexisorb™ OD-202

Flexisorb™ OD-202 is a concentrated zinc ricinoleate dispersion with anti-resoil ingredients, designed for use as an effective odour control agent in carpet and upholstery cleaning formulations. This liquid formulation readily dilutes in water and can be applied via liquid, spray, fogging, or mist applications. 

Unlike chemical masking agents, Flexisorb™ OD-202 acts as a natural odour neutralizer, effectively trapping and absorbing odours associated with humans, animals, food, chemical processes, and smoke. Additionally, it effectively fixates a wide range of odorous compounds, including smelly acids, amines, mercaptans, and thioethers. Compatible with fragrances and most formulating ingredients, Flexisorb™OD-202 helps prevent sticky and tacky residues that attract soil on carpeting and upholstery, making it an ideal solution for carpet cleaners, upholstery cleaners, automotive care products, apparel fabrics, and more.

Flexisperse™ 220

Flexisperse™ 220 is an acid polymer designed for use in carpet care products, offering a range of benefits to enhance cleaning efficacy and maintain carpet quality. This clear and colourless polymer functions as a stand-alone acid rinse, reducing yellowing and neutralising alkalinity in carpets. It also acts as a stain blocker, preventing stains on fibres.

Flexisperse™ 220 neutralises the ammoniacal odour of carpet cleaners such as Flexiclean™ CC-560G. It also provides dispersant and detergent builder functionality, reducing scale and hard water deposits in carpet cleaning equipment. Additionally, it is peroxide stable and compatible with most surfactants and detergent polymer systems, making it suitable for use in various carpet cleaning formulations, including those containing peroxide.

Flexisperse™ 220 helps maintain and enhance soil and stain resistance, while also reducing or preventing wick-back and browning associated with carpet soiling. With its VOC-free composition and absence of organic solvents, Flexisperse™ 220 offers a safe and effective solution for carpet care applications.

Flexisperse™ 210

Flexisperse™ 210 is an anionic aqueous polymer that acts as a stain blocker and dispersant. It readily dilutes in water and provides exceptional stain and soil resistance to nylon and wool carpet fibres when applied as a component of cleaning or protection formulations, and is extremely efficient at low use levels. It can also be formulated with oil and water repellents to provide enhanced stain resistance. 

Leather Cleaners 

Flexiclean™ LC-200

Flexiclean™ LC‐200, a safe and effective leather cleaner concentrate, offers unparalleled versatility in leather cleaning applications. This proven concentrate removes built-up grime, dirt, oils, and stains from leather surfaces, leaving them soft, supple, and ready for protection. With the ability to readily accept fragrance, Flexiclean™ LC‐200 allows for custom formulations while ensuring a like-new appearance for leather surfaces. 

Flexicon™ LC-65

Flexicon™ LC-65 is a versatile leather cleaner and conditioner concentrate designed to rejuvenate and protect leather surfaces. Its non-greasy and non-whitening formula contains natural oils blended in a cleansing and deep-penetrating emulsion, leaving leather soft, supple, and restored to its new appearance. 

Ideal for automotive upholstery, home furnishings, handbags, shoes and equestrian equipment, Flexicon™ LC-65 gently removes soil, surface body oil, and food residue without drying out the leather. This multi-action formula moisturises, restores, and protects leather, making scratches and abrasions less visible while enhancing its natural sheen. Easy to use and suitable for all smooth, finished leather surfaces, Flexicon™ LC-65 ensures timeless beauty and durability for years to come.

In today’s world, where cleanliness and hygiene are paramount, soft surface cleaning requires specialised solutions tailored to the unique needs of delicate materials. With ICT’s range of soft surface cleaners, users can confidently tackle stains, spills, and odours while preserving the integrity of soft surfaces. Whether at home or in commercial settings, ICT’s innovative products deliver exceptional results, ensuring clean, fresh, and inviting spaces for all.

Contact us today to find out more about how you could use ICT’s range of soft surface cleaners in your next formulation.

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