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The Don’ts of Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning Specialist Auckland – Commercial facilities often install carpet to create a comfortable, visually pleasing environment for visitors and occupants. Carpet in high-traffic facilities can face unique challenges over time. To maintain appearance and avoid costly issues, it is essential to implement a carpet care program that incorporates the best tools and methods.

Avoid common mistakes

With so many types of carpet care equipment, chemicals, and tools on the market today, it can be overwhelming to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each. Additionally, frequent staff turnover can complicate training, resulting in standard operating procedure lapses that can negatively impact the look and lifespan of carpet.

Consider the following don’ts of carpet care:

Don’t—Perform carpet care infrequently.

In some facilities, carpet cleaning is considered an afterthought. It isn’t until a large spot or stain appears that employees take action. However, caring for carpet goes beyond reacting to spills and other problems—it requires daily maintenance and care.

Don’t—Fail to install a proper matting system.

Matting is crucial to keeping carpet clean, especially considering that 85% of the soil that enters a facility comes from visitors’ shoes. A comprehensive matting program can help to absorb liquids, such as muddy water and snow slush, and capture the first 5 to 6 footfalls of soil before shoes meet carpet. Many facilities only utilize indoor or outdoor matting, but not both, which can significantly impact floor cleanliness. Additionally, failing to regularly clean or replace matting can make matters worse.

Don’t—Use the wrong vacuum.

Routine vacuuming removes up to 90% of all dry soil. Not all vacuums are suited for the same carpet type and construction, so it’s important to select and regularly use the right vacuum. Using the wrong vacuum could leave large amounts of dirt and other debris in carpet fibers, leading to soiling and difficult-to-remove stains.

Don’t—Fail to match the type of chemistry to the stain or spot.

From wine and coffee to paint and oil, spills happen. Your cleaning approach and chemistry should depend on the type of stain. For example, removing an organic stain caused by urine or vomit requires a chemistry that is specifically formulated to eliminate odor-causing contaminants, whereas oil and grease stains require a formula that is water-based and nonflammable. However, facilities often use multipurpose cleaning chemistries to address all spills and spots, often resulting in re-soiling or permanent stains.

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