Burn Requirements, Fireblocking, Corrosion, Saturant and Latex backing flame retardants, FOD, 16G seating, Return to service. We know the lingo, we know what matters to you, and we know how to treat your aircraft. We have directly or indirectly worked for every VIP aircraft manufacturer in the industry. We specialize in large Business Jets and VIP wide body aircraft, however we restore textiles in PC-12's to 777's across the country.
Your carpet and textiles will be cared for by some of the most highly trained personnel in the industry. In addition to our textile education and experience, our technicians, as well as our processes, products and equipment have been modified, and supervised, by A&P mechanics, VIP Aircraft Interior Craftsmen, and Aircraft Interior Designers to insure that your aircraft is treated the way it should be.
Our Technicians are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified and only use CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) and Woolsafe process and top of the line products. We offer a range of services below and will do everything in our power to fulfill special requests.
We will keep you looking good.
For Full Aircraft carpets, Entry Rugs and throw rugs that have been removed for maintenance or have been swapped out with a spare, we can provide intensive deep cleaning, restorative services, and many repairs at our facility in Boise, Idaho. Many Aircraft operators ship us carpets from all over the country for us to restore at our specialized facility. Let us use our unique experience to offer extensive repair options form color corrections, shearing, rip and tear reinforcements, Splicing and patching. Many of our restorative cleaning techniques cannot be accomplished "on wing" due to excessive moisture, uncontrolled environments, uneven substrates, and overall time required. We have modified versions of our restorative cleanings for "On wing" applications, however we will always get the best results in our facility.
We perform IICRC, and Woolsafe cleanings inside your aircraft. Aside from having 3 Certified Master Rug Cleaners on staff, we have decades of VIP Aircraft interior experience and have pioneered new processes and solutions for "on wing" cleanings. Every interior and location will have challenges, we offer bespoke solutions catered to your needs. We perform high level restorative services at our facility and we travel the country with our hotshot team for scheduled and emergency cleanings. In certain locations around the country we have trained professionals that use our techniques and products.
We have been offering disinfection, Sanitizing and Odor Removing services to our clients since 2015. We have IICRC Odor Control Certified personnel and take great care to use PH neutral and appropriate solutions for delicate interior finishes. We specialize in Aircraft odor removal due to mildew, cigarette and cigar smoke, cooking smells, etc.
Entry rugs and Throw rugs recieve the lions share of soiling and abuse. Did you know that by keeping these clean will keep the rest of your carpet even cleaner! Once throw rugs get saturated by oils and soil, they start transferring those soil to the rest of the carpet. Many of our clients will send us their throw and entry rugs or a spare set they swap out for us to restore in house at our facility multiple times a year, and by doing so, are able to do less cleanings on the cabin carpet! We can typically turn these very quickly and we offer repairs to serging and backings as well.
Fiber ProTector applied to your new or in-service aircraft textiles is the single best investment you can make to help your textiles looking great and lasting until the next major inspection or refurbishment. We know this because most of our team has been designing, completing, and refurbishing VIP interiors for decades. We consistently see our long term clients getting 4+ years of benefits from a single treatment. We can perform the Fiber ProTector treatment on Roll goods or finished aircraft at most MRO's, a few OEM's or at your private hangar.
The best time to apply Fiber ProTector is directly from the mill! This is the cleanest your carpet will ever be! We can accept your carpet while its still in the crate, unroll it, inspect it, treat it, and reship it with minimal downtime. This protects your carpet from the minute it is unrolled at the MRO/OEM and while it is cut and installed during completion.
What are these Carpet Cleaning Industry Certifications and are they enough?
-ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specialists)The Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS) is an international organization of rug cleaners founded to enhance the quality of area rug care across the industry. Fiber Specialties is an ARCS certified rug cleaning plant.
-IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the leading
technician certification requiring on site training to ensure the quality of the cleaning industry. Fiber Specialties Technicians hold multiple IICRC certifications
-MRC (Certified Master Rug Cleaner)The International Gold Standard in training and certification for Rug Cleaning Professionals. Fiber Specialties has 3 Certified Master Rug Cleaners on staff.
-CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) certifies equipment, processes, solutions, and firms on behalf of most if not all carpet manufacturers (the vacuum you use must be CRI certified or most warranties are void!)
-Woolsafe International tests and endorses Firms, Technicians, and products on behalf of the wool Industry. Fiber Specialties is a Woolsafe certified Firm and all technicians are Woolsafe certified.
The above certifications are absolutely necessary when choosing a cleaner, however they are just the start. Most mobile cleaners and cleaning companies main focus and/or experience is on synthetic residential carpets and durable synthetic upholstery. Their equipment, chemicals, techniques are going to reflect the experience cleaning those types of textiles. Furthermore even the high end residential area rug cleaning market consists of full immersion baths for common sizes. This is not practical or possible all of the time, if ever, for aircraft carpets. Fiber Specialties is unique in that our processes, techniques, and equipment are specifically developed to clean wool and silk blend carpets inside or out of the aircraft. Fiber Specialties also brings 15+ years of VIP aircraft interior design, material, and installation experience, and trains all our IICRC certified cleaners with the VIP Aircraft in mind.
What is AVLM cleaning? AVLM (Aircraft Very Low Moisture) cleaning uses specifically formulated PH neutral solutions using very little hot distilled water to maximize nano-particle soil encapsulation and specialized dry extraction while not over wetting the textiles. This effectively removes all risk of shrinkage, matting, de- lamination of backing, mold, water intrusion under carpet, and/or corrosion of hardware. VLM Cleaning is a IICRC and CRI approved process. With our Aircraft specific (AVLM cleaning), carpets and textiles are typically dry within a few hours of completion. Our cleaning leaves no residue and does not promote re-soiling like many other cleaning processes, in fact our cleaning will remove residues left behind by other cleaners!
Is AVLM cleaning enough? AVLM cleaning is the first step in cleaning a wool/silk blend carpets and textiles. We utilize PH testers, Microscopes, Fiber testing, and UV lights to identify spots and their content. We will treat individual spots and stains per the specific need. We also employ CRI Vacuuming, Pile Lifting shearing, and hot/cold water extraction when necessary and of course grooming and air movers to ensure controlled drying.
Are all cleaners Insured? Most cleaning companies are insured, however, unless their company is insured to specifically work on and around Aircraft, more than likely their policy specifically excludes insuring any damage to aircraft. Along with having decades of experience with VIP aircraft interiors, Fiber Specialties is insured specifically to work in and around aircraft and hangars.
Is this safe to perform in the Aircraft? Absolutely, in fact, this type of cleaning should be done at more consistent intervals to avoid needing to do more restorative techniques that may need to be completed outside of the aircraft. That being said, we can always get a more effective cleaning when the carpet is removed. Our Cleaning Process is guaranteed not to harm a Fiber ProTector treatment.
What about Protection treatments? Not all protection treatments are created equal. We just happen to use the best, and are the exclusive on site aviation applicator in the USA. Fiber ProTector is a long lasting, safe, UV inhibitor, static reducer, and bacterio-static, all the while protecting your investment from spills and stains. No other product on the market performs like Fiber ProTector. Please ask us for more information.
Planning maintenance intervals. Every aircraft will have a different set of needs when it comes to cleaning. Some passengers take there shoes off, some may bring pets on board, others cook elaborate meals. All of these factors come into play when deciding how often to clean your carpet and textiles. Keep in mind these three basics;
Vacuuming; Use an appropriate CRI vacuum, vacuum slowly on the pull stroke, vacuum daily if possible, and always before and after a flight.
Spots and spills; Take care of these as soon as possible with water or your PH neutral spot and stain remover as necessary. The sooner, the better.
Have an IICRC cleaner, and a PLAN!; Most carpets only get cleaned when they LOOK dirty. This is often too late. If the carpet is visibly soiled, more than likely there is fiber damage. This is the most common mistake, and the most common reason for premature carpet replacement.
Poor Carpet Maintenance. Would you neglect a hot section inspection, how about a landing gear overhaul? I already know the answer to that. What is surprising is that poor carpet maintenance is far too common. Carpet performance is directly related to; Poor vacuuming schedules, Poor quality service providers, and Neglected cleaning schedules, which in turn, lead to premature replacement. If you have read this far, you have educated yourself to make the right choices when it comes to maintaining your carpets and textiles.
Appearance Levels vs. cleaning intervals. The chart below is a good graphic of what happens to a carpets “visual” appearance in relation to “Planned”, “Unplanned” or “Random”, and “Neglected” cleaning schedules. Depending on the type of carpet (the color, design, fiber content) and the type of traffic and soiling, a neglected and/or improperly cleaned carpet could have an unacceptable appearance in as little as 6 months! Contrarily, the same carpet with the same traffic that has been maintained correctly can have a useful life of decades. As an aircraft designer, I have personally seen both sides of this spectrum.
If you know someone that has been watching rug cleaning videos on social media and thinks that would be a great job, send them our way! We are looking for some enthusiastic people that are interested in learning and growing with us! Experience is not necessary at all, great personality, passion, and a willingness to learn and work hard is all that is needed!