Carpets, while at times can seem difficult to clean, have significant advantages over hard floor coverings. Beyond the aesthetics carpets provide insulation against temperature and noise, are non-slip, more comfortable for anyone standing for long periods of times and (while it may be surprising) do have lower maintenance costs since they don’t require any stripping or refinishing. Because of these distinct advantages, carpets make up 75% of all floor coverings in the US; thankfully with a strategic cleaning program keeping carpets in tip top shape is easy as pie.
Because carpets have a high surface area, they attract and hold many more soils and contaminants that hard floor coverings. The first line of defense is keeping the dirt and soils off the floor in the first place. The easiest way to do that is with properly placed and maintained floor mats at all entrances. We covered floor matting and the proper upkeep of those mats in a previous newsletter; you can access that information HERE.
After you have the proper floor matting strategy in place the next step is to establish your cleaning and upkeep strategy. Below you’ll find a step by step recommendations. As always if you have any questions or need suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Weinstein Wholesale Solutions Sales Representative.
Step One – Dry Soil Removal (performed daily)
The first step is to remove any dry soils, which accounts for approximately 90% of all carpet soils, on a regular (daily is recommended) basis. Once dry soils encounter moisture they become muddy and are much more difficult to remove. With vacuuming it is important to take care to get the entire area of the carpet. The most effective way to vacuum is to follow a grid pattern with parallel rows. With multiple passes first going left to right (or vice versa) and then forward and back. Beyond the technique of vacuuming the investment in the vacuum itself is important to consider. Here at Weinstein Wholesale Solutions, we carry many types of industrial vacuums; both upright and backpack from both NSS and Koblenz. Touch base with your Weinstein Wholesale Representative to select the vacuum type best suited for your establishment and your budget.
Step Two – Spot Removal (performed daily)
Because of the porous nature of carpets, it is imperative the quickly treat any spots as quickly as possible to avoid more permanent staining. When spot treating carpets, it is important not to rush the process and allow the chemicals to do their job. Before treating a spot, you first want to remove any excess liquid or solid matter by scrapping and blotting. Next you’ll want to apply the chemical to the area, physically agitate the area with a brush (to loosen any soils). Allow the chemical to dwell for 5 to 10 minutes. Then flush with water to extract the soils and chemical blotting any liquid with a white absorbent cloth. Depending on how long the soils have gone untreated, it may be necessary to repeat the process multiple times to fully release the soils from the carpet. Because carpet materials can differ we recommend testing your chemicals on a small, un-soiled spot to make sure they will not damage your floor covering. Two popular carpet spotting treatments sold here at Weinstein Wholesale Solutions are Spartan’s SSE Carpet Prespray and Spotter and Buckeye Eco’s E51 Carpet Spotter. If you are in search of a ready to use spotting solution Spartan’s option is perfect since it doesn’t require dilution. The Buckeye Eco’s spotter does require dilution via an Eco dispensing system.
Step Three – Carpet Extraction (performed monthly and as needed for larger spot treatments)
Carpet extraction should be performed on a fairly regular basis to keep carpets looking and performing their best. Carpet extraction is different from carpet shampooing which is considered ‘restorative cleaning’; carpet extraction is interim cleaning designed to keep the carpet in its best shape possible in between scheduled restoration cleanings. There are numerous ways to perform regular extraction cleanings. Consult with your Weinstein Wholesale Solution’s Sales Representative to find the method that works best with your existing equipment and for your establishment. Weinstein Wholesale Solutions offers numerous extraction cleaning chemicals to assist in the process as well.