Best Practices For Keeping Carpet Clean

Contribution by Whittaker

From fighting stains to investing in the right type of equipment, it is important for facility managers to have a strategy for long-term success. Whittaker, a leader in low humidity carpet cleaning, shares carpet maintenance best practices to keep floors pristine year round.

“When it comes to carpet maintenance in commercial facilities, a multi-faceted approach is ideal,” said Joe Bshero, director of technical services at Whittaker. “A comprehensive carpet maintenance program can help facility managers split the work over time to keep the facility floor clean and tidy for years.”

To care for your rug, follow these four maintenance practices:

1. Use mats in high traffic areas

Given that 85 percent of the floor tracked indoors comes from visitors’ shoes, matting is key. Place mats in high-traffic areas such as entrances and exits to prevent facility visitors from tracking dirt and debris from outside onto carpets. Look for high quality mats that are effective at scraping dirt off shoes and trapping moisture.

2. Invest in the right type of vacuum

One of the most effective ways to extend the life of carpets is to vacuum them every day. There are many different types of vacuum cleaners on the market, so investing in a vacuum that is certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is important. CRI-certified vacuum cleaners are guaranteed to meet a high standard for dirt removal, particle retention and appearance retention. Additionally, vacuum cleaners with HEPA filtration, disposable bags, high airflow, durability and commercial performance can adequately penetrate carpet fibers and remove contaminants.

3. Use the correct equipment and chemistry

Look for a low moisture encapsulation method that relies on crystallizing polymers combined with effective detergent components to emulsify and bind soils into a crystalline structure. This approach to carpet maintenance can remove 95 percent of the stains before they are permanently embedded in the carpet. In addition, choosing carpet cleaning chemicals that are Green Seal certified and capable of treating stains and discoloration in a variety of locations and spills is critical to keeping the carpet looking its best.

4. Train employees properly

The turnover is usually high for cleaning staff. The easier it is to train employees, the better. Offer hands-on training with easy-to-use, low-fatigue equipment. Keep stain removal posters and flyers accessible so staff understand what type of chemistry is best for a stain. Also, instruct staff to perform visual inspections throughout the day to prevent spills from entering carpet fibers.

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