Directions for Cleaning Olefin Carpet

Olefin is an oil-loving fiber made from synthetic polypropylene. It is an inexpensive synthetic fiber and is commonly found in commercial settings, such as office areas.


Olefin is popular due to its ability to resist staining. It is solution dyed, meaning the dye is consistent throughout the fiber, so there are no dye sites for other dyes to attack. For this reason, it cannot be dyed on location.


Olefin is susceptible to heat and will melt in the presence of high heat. To avoid damage, keep the temperature down to less than 212°F.


Due to its oil-loving properties, olefin attracts oil, which can “yellow out” the fiber. This yellowing is difficult if not impossible to remove.


The Olefin Fiber Test: Olefin is lighter than water. To determine if a fiber is olefin, simply put the fiber in a glass of water and see if it floats!


Cleaning Directions:

  1. Vacuum the entire carpeted area.
  2. Using a pump-up sprayer, apply Matrix Olefin Traffic Lane Cleaner diluted at 4–6 oz per gallon of water.
  3. Using a portable or truck mount, extract the area with Matrix All Fiber Rinse diluted at 4–6 oz per gallon of water.

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  1. Matrix® Olefin Traffic Lane Cleaner

    For those commercial olefin glue-down carpets that have been abused and seldom cleaned, turn to Matrix Olefin TLC. It loosens and suspends the oily soils that cling to olefin (polypropylene) fibers so you can easily flush them away. Treats yellowing and removes filtration soil along carpet edges too.

    • Great pre-spray for olefin carpets
    • Removes oily soils easily
    • pH: 10.0–10.5
    • Not safe for stain-resistant or nylon carpet
    • Dilute 8 ounces per gallon of water

    Starting at: $23.10

  2. Matrix® Complete Rinse

    Just as the name implies, Matrix Complete Rinse is a product you can use with complete confidence on ALL carpets and wet-cleanable upholstery, including commercial, residential, and yes, even wool! It eliminates dirt and cleaning solution residues, leaving carpet and upholstery looking its best.

    • Eliminates dirt and cleaning solution residue
    • Leaves carpet bright and soft
    • pH: 4.0–4.5
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet and wool
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at: $30.57

  3. Matrix® All Fiber Rinse

    All Fiber Rinse rinses away every trace of dirt and cleaning solution, leaving behind a residue-free carpet that's squeaky clean and soft to the touch. For best results, use All Fiber Rinse after cleaning with Matrix Grand Slam Pre-Spray.

    • Eliminates every trace of dirt and cleaning solution residue
    • Leaves carpets bright and soft
    • pH: 4.0–4.5
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet and wool
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at: $16.88

  4. Matrix® Citrus Force ASD

    The LAST additive, spotter, degreaser you'll ever buy. Citrus Force is a revolutionary cleaning additive that doubles, even triples the ordinary pre-spray's soil-dissolving ability. Its powerful blend of citrus solvents makes quick work of the most challenging carpet and upholstery soils.

    • Cleaning additive that strengthens ordinary pre-sprays
    • Powerful citrus solvents
    • pH: 6.0–8.5
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at: $49.81

  5. Matrix® Finish First Extraction Detergent Powder

    Choose Finish First to attack the biggest challenges customers throw your way. Special additives allow this formula to penetrate and flush away grease, oil, or water-based grime even on tough, stain-resistant carpeting.

    • Tough enough for your worst jobs
    • Commercial and residential use
    • pH: 10.0–11.0
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at: $27.05

  6. Matrix® Confidence Premium Extraction Detergent

    A special blend of professional-strength ingredients gives Confidence the maximum cleaning power available in a liquid detergent. Even grungy, greasy commercial or restaurant carpet will be left clean and feeling incredibly soft.

    • Liquid with the cleaning power of a powder
    • Contains citrus solvents; breaks down grease
    • pH: 10.0 in RTU solution
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at: $18.27

  7. B&G Chemical-Resistant Pump-Up Sprayer (2 Gallon)

    This 2-gallon sprayer is designed with a fan tip for optimum coverage during application. The solvent-resistant Viton seals and heavy-duty, chemical-resistant poly tank make this a great choice for applying pre-sprays, disinfectants, and protectants, and more.

    • Holds 2 gallons
    • Fan tip designed for maximum coverage during application
    • Solvent-resistant seals
    • Chemical-resistant tank
  8. Sanitaire SC684F Tradition™ Upright Vacuum

    The SC684F Tradition™ upright is a durable, heavy-duty vacuum that has quickly become the favorite of those who have a lot of commercial areas to clean. Powered by a 7-amp motor, the 684 offers a 12-inch cleaning path and 18-quart shake-out bag to help you make short work of large areas.

    • 12-inch cleaning path; VGII chrome steel brush roll
    • UL listed for commercial use
    • 7-amp motor; 79 dBA
    • 18-quart shake-out bag
    • 50-ft power cord
  9. PowerForce Dial-A-Mix Sprayer 250-1,000 PSI

    The PowerForce Dial-a-Mix allows you to dispense the exact amount of chemicals you need to clean heavy traffic areas with no guesswork.

    • Dial-up dilution ratio
    • Designed for high pressures of truck mount units
    • Apply hot, ready-to-use TLC
    • 5-quart container
  10. Matrix® Oxidizer

    Oxidizer is a powdered version of hydrogen peroxide—essentially a safe form of bleach—that is specially formulated as an additive booster to make your traffic lane cleaner or extraction detergent work even better. It’s ideal for use on stubborn stains, like nicotine stains, or browning on carpet, upholstery, and hard surfaces.

    • Boost your cleaning power and treat browning issues
    • Ideal for stubborn stains on carpet, upholstery, and hard surfaces
    • pH: None
    • Not for use on wool
    • Dilute 1/2–1 ounce per gallon of cleaning solution
  11. Loopy Bonnet
    This loopy design is made from a heavy-duty 50% rayon and polyester blend that takes repeated use and laundering. It features five rows of cut and looped ends for maximum cleaning. It's also ideal for handling wicking issues. Bonnet mounts easily to standard, 175 RPM rotary floor machines.
    • Aggressively loosens soil and soaks up dirt
    • 50% rayon/polyester blend
    • Loopy design
    • Launderable

    Starting at: $15.82

  12. Measuring Cup, 16 Ounce
    Forget the guesswork! Use this clear, 16-ounce measuring cup with easy-to-read markers to avoid making costly mistakes. Measurements are printed in milliliters, ounces, and cups.
    • Measures milliliters, ounces, and cups
    • Clear plastic for ease of reading
    • Holds 16 ounces
  13. Prospector® PE500 Carpet Extractor with Heat, 500 PSI, Dual 2-Stage

    The Prospector PE500 is designed to handle more aggressive cleaning tasks, such as heavily soiled carpet and minor hard surface cleaning. With an adjustable 0–500 PSI pump and 1,750 watt inline heater, you get plenty of power and heat for blasting away tough dirt and grime.

    • 0–500 PSI pump
    • 140 inches of water lift; 97 CFM
    • 12-gallon solution and recovery tanks
    • 1,750 watt inline heater
    • Wand and hoses sold separately

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