Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We are implementing a carpet maintenance program for our county buildings. What type of carpet extractor would you advise (drying time is crucial) and how often should carpet be cleaned per year? All work would be done during the non occupied time, either evenings or weekend.
There are many excellent extractors that will meet your needs, so do some on-line research and speak with your Jan-San supplier about their recommendations, remembering that salespeople often present only those things to which they have easy access and not necessarily what may be your best option. Your first line of defense for carpet preservation is daily vacuuming, so make certain that thus part of the maintenance program is in place. Next, you will want to set up a spotting program that gets rid of spills and slobber very soon after this disfigurement appears. Rapid response here will maintain appearance and prevent soil attraction to sticky stuff. There are other cleaning options that ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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