Keeping carpets clean is more important than we may realize.
While it’s true that carpet, at least wall-to-wall carpet, seems to be less in vogue today in residential settings, it is still here to stay in commercial locations, and this includes offices, schools, and even medical facilities.
Two of the main reasons for this are the following:
1. Carpet helps “quiet” commercial facilities. This is especially necessary today now that many offices are designed with large open work areas.
2. Contrary to what was once believed, carpet can help keep facilities healthier. This is because the carpet acts like a sponge, absorbing dust and impurities, and trapping them until the carpet is vacuumed or cleaned.
How to Keep Carpets Clean
As for helping to keep facilities healthier, this is only possible if the carpet is kept clean. Because this is so crucial, here are some tips we suggest all building owners and managers take:
· Vacuuming is the single most effective way to keep carpet clean throughout the year. Most carpet soiling is dry soil. Vacuum cleaners are designed to remove dry soil. Heavily trafficked areas may need to be vacuumed throughout the day, but in most commercial facilities, carpet should be vacuumed at least once per day.
· When it comes to vacuuming, have your cleaning staff put more focus on the lower floors of the facility. This will help prevent soils and grit from being walked upstairs and around the building.
· Don’t delay carpet cleaning during the winter months. Because of incremental weather, many managers decide to delay carpet cleaning until spring arrives. But here’s the problem. Over time, carpet soils – which can be removed – can turn into carpet stains – which often cannot be removed. We can prevent this from happening by cleaning carpet when visibly soiled, in the winter months and throughout the year.
· Avoid carpet cleaning schedules; they can be costly. Many managers we meet with want to have a set carpet cleaning schedule, usually using the carpet extraction method. This means areas of the facility used by many people are cleaned just as often as areas used by very few. To keep carpet cleaning costs down, cleaning frequencies need to be based on use, foot traffic, and soiling … not the clock.
· Never underestimate the value of floor mats. They are needed year-round, not just during incremental weather. Floor mats, inside and outside a facility help remove up to 80 percent of all moisture, soil, and grit from shoes, preventing them from being walked into a facility.
· Carpet spotting is a year-round activity. Make sure your cleaning staff spot cleans carpet daily or whenever spots are noticed. If not, they can become more difficult to remove. And something we may not realize, spots on carpet can draw more soils to them. They act like magnets. As soiling increases, once again, it can be harder to remove.
We should also note that newer carpet cleaning technologies have given carpet cleaners the ability to minimize the problem of re-soiling. One of the most effective is the encapsulating method. With this process, a fragile crystal that captures and encapsulates – thus the name – soil is applied to the carpet. It is then easily removed by vacuuming, leaving no detergent residue that could cause re-soiling. The process also leaves carpet clean, healthy, and one of its best benefits, open to traffic within minutes. No more waiting six to 48 hours for carpet to dry.
Be sure and ask your cleaning company about it.
The Secure Clean blog is designed to help building managers keep their facilities cleaner, healthier, greener, and safer, in the most cost-effective ways possible. To learn more about us, please take a few minutes to explore our website at www.securecleanbsi.com, contact us here, or at 888-609-1410.