As 2012 continues to zoom by, it is again time for our annual CM/Spotlight: Carpet Care.
While caring for carpeted surfaces can be a bit perplexing when it comes to things such as fiber identification, the pH scale and cleaning chemistry, it doesn''t have to be.
Sure, your carpets will need periodic extraction and you will likely have to deal with spots that warrant attention, but getting back to the basics of carpet care will decrease soil loads and lessen the necessary frequency of restorative deep cleanings.
Start At Square One
The best way to clean carpets is to not allow them to become soiled in the first place.
Since it would be wholly impractical to expect building occupants to remove their footwear before entering a facility, a proper matting system is the next best option.
It is recommended that a matting system consist of several parts — an aggressive scraper mat just before the entrance of the building, a less aggressive wiper/scraper mat inside the vestibule and a final wiper mat inside the building — and be between 15 and 20 feet in length to allow for eight to 10 steps per foot by a building occupant before he or she walks onto a hard surface or carpeted area.
An effective matting system can remove upwards of 90 percent of the soil from shoe bottoms, significantly reducing cleaning loads.
But, since even the most effective matting system will not prohibit all soils from entering a facility, knowing how to effectively remove them is important.
As such, Tornado Industries Inc. offers their top 10 informational tidbits on proper vacuuming techniques:
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