Cap’n Clean is a revolutionary fabric and upholstery cleaning solution that lets you clean all types of fabric and fibers just like a pro. It’s a low-moisture cleaning process and if you know how to use a drill, you can clean your own upholstery like a pro.
In fact, Capn Clean will leave your fibers and fabrics flawlessly cleaned without leaving behind harsh chemicals or sticky residue. And since it’s a dry cleaning process, your materials remain dry and sanitary. Other upholstery cleaning machines and carpet spot removers flush streams of water into your fabric. All of that water mixes with shampoo or detergents, dissolving soil into a liquid mess.
That liquified soil and chemical mixture seeps deep into your furniture cushioning materials in an instant, before the upholstery cleaning machine’s vacuum is activated. This is true for bother professional-grade and consumer-grade carpet and upholstery extractors. So you can imagine all of the bacteria, fungi, mold, mildew, dust mites, and even moisture-seeking insects that will thrive in that wet, soiled environment.
Certainly, the soil and stains disappear and the vacuum on the upholstery machine will surely pick up the liquid soil mixture on the visibly exposed fabric, but it’s the microscopic soil particles and contaminants, and all of that excess moisture deep down in your furniture’s padding that creates a much bigger problem.
To illustrate, consider a clean damp towel. Trillions of bacteria, mildew and other microorganisms can thrive in a relatively clean, slightly damp towel, hanging on your bathroom rack. Even after one day, you might notice a texture change in the towel’s fibers. This is due to chemical reactions that occur in evaporation as well as microbial growth. You may notice a slight musty odor, but evidence of a microorganism infestation will escape you, other than slight texture changes and pungent odors.
And that’s on a relatively clean, ever-so-slightly damp towel. Just imagine flushing water jets into your sofa cushions and dining room chairs. There’s no drain, no rinse cycle, and no heated dryer. Moisture is trapped in all of those absorbent materials and several months’ worth of food source – “soil and contaminants” have just been force injected into the depths of your precious home furnishings. So what if you’re one of those people that doesn’t really care about some of the soil and water being flushed deep into your upholstered furniture, as long as the exposed fabric looks clean?
Then, let’s talk about residue. Remember the slightly damp towel, how after a day or two, the texture changed? That is residue. It may feel stiff, crunchy, a bit sticky, and weighed down, often accompanied by musty or pungent odors. You see, sticky residue is not exclusively from cleaning product chemicals. True, virtually every other upholstery cleaning product on the market (except for Capn Clean) leaves behind a chemical residue, an invisible film that coats every fiber of your fabric.
But there’s another type of sticky residue – from moisture. Chemical reactions with water and microbial growth create a variety of life-cycle-generated residues, the living and dead remnants of microorganisms of bacteria and various types of fungi. This so-called biofilm may not be noticeable at first, but even a small amount of moisture can sustain incredible populations of microorganisms that absolutely love to make your upholstered furniture their new home.
All of those microbial residues and decaying waste they leave behind will eventually wick back up to the surface of the fabric. Moisture will continue to evaporate, carrying microbial-born particulates up to the heavens on microscopic water droplets. This cleaning industry phenomenon is commonly known as “wick back”, but actually it’s a never-ending process.
In the wick-back process, only the tiny particulates are small enough to be carried back up to your fabric’s surface. For example, if you spill coffee on your sofa and have it professionally steam cleaned, some of the tiny coffee particles that are flushed deep into your sofa’s cushioning materials will eventually rise back up to the surface of the fabric.
The tiny water droplets that carry them up to the surface will convert into water vapor and rise into the atmosphere, leaving the tiny coffee particles at the surface of the fabric. The same is true for microbial residue. Tiny microorganisms and their waste matter will be carried up to the top of the fabric and deposited on the surface layer.
This sticky residue is a nuisance, not just because it’s unsanitary, but also because it behaves like glue, attracting soil to fabrics. It also damages the integrity of fabric and fibers, altering the appearance and texture in a variety of ways. Fabric will be less soft, less resilient, and gradually degrade from its original state of freshness and newness, in color, texture, and appearance. For these reasons, we strongly advise against leaving soft materials in a home in a wet or damp state.
It’s absolutely disgusting and it damages your materials in ways that may not be noticeable at first, but if you think back to any time you’ve had your home furnishings, carpet, or rugs steam cleaned, you may recall noticing some of these damaging effects mentioned here – the chemical smell, then the crunchy, residue-coated materials, then how fast they re-soiled.
For half a century, most people, you and me both have had their upholstered furniture cleaned, leaving it in an often less sanitary state than before the cleaning service. As the founder of Angel Dry Carpet & Rug Cleaning, one of the leading eco-friendly low-moisture cleaning services in the U.S., I only just discovered the science 12 years ago.
The Capn Clean upholstery cleaning method was developed shortly thereafter. That discovery and our focus on innovation and providing the most hygienic carpet, rug, and upholstery cleaning service in the industry has led to the launch of Capn Clean as a consumer upholstery cleaning product.
It’s not a simple product and does require following instructions very carefully, but I am 100% confident that anyone that knows how to steadily operate a basic cordless drill, can clean their own upholstery with the same results that our service technicians have.
Our upholstery cleaners use the most advanced proprietary embrittling polymer compounds in the fabric care industry. Our cleaning products are certified as green and non-toxic, pH neutral, and do not leave any sticky residue whatsoever, guaranteed.