Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online
June 2013 Feature 6

Maintaining Carpets That Will Last

Ensure deep restorative carpet cleaning with low moisture management.

June 17, 2013

Directors of environmental services and building owners spend a good part of their budget maintaining building surfaces such as carpets, roofs and walls, all of which are labor driven.

Getting all of this maintenance done takes the right people and the most effective tools available to the trade.

Carpets are an expensive investment, and dirty, matted down carpets are not attractive.

Dirty carpets are also unhealthy and hold all kinds of debris, which is bad for air quality and degrades or damages the carpet.

To maintain carpets and get a long life out of this investment, there are certain steps that one must implement to ensure optimal results.

First, good matting is imperative inside and outside building entrances.

Second, a good vacuuming system is needed to keep debris out of the carpet.

But remember, vacuuming will not remove carpet spots.

A worker should have some tools for spot cleaning rather than bringing out a large machine for just a couple of spots.

These are called manual spotting tools, and they should be readily available for the worker as he or she is doing general cleaning.

This way, spots will not accumulate and create a dirty carpet.

Maintenance Should Be Routine

In the morning after we eat breakfast, we brush our teeth to remove food particles that can cause odors and create problems.

We use this method of maintaining our teeth to keep them in good condition.

If we don’t maintain them properly, we might need to go into a restoration mode by extracting our teeth.

The same thing is true for carpet care.

If we don’t follow good work habits, things usually cost more and have a shorter lifespan.

Routine maintenance is the key to carpet appearance and longevity.

The cleaning system a building or company has in place should be low moisture output.

This is important for a few reasons.

First, over wetting carpet can be damaging and can cause downtime for workers that are waiting for carpets to dry as well.

The biggest complaint from over saturating carpets would be the stains that have wicked back up.

Instead, use a carpet chemical that will dry quickly and leave little residue.

The system you choose should have abilities to assist in carpet drying.

Many types of carpet cleaning systems have brushes to lift pile and extract dirt particles.

Brushes are helpful in maintaining carpets.

There are multi-purpose tools in our industry that have most of these components that will make carpet care most effective.

In the last few years, I have noticed a need for cleaning tools that can combine two steps into one and do a better job in less time.

The bonnet pad and the brush manufacturers recently combined pads and brushes into one tool, and this gives workers the benefit of both worlds.

This new tool will actually extract dirt particles deep within the carpets where the old bonnet systems could not reach.

This new method of bonneting and brushing carpet using one tool with one motion provides many benefits:

  • Minimal financial investment in product
  • Low moisture management
  • No down time
  • Deep interim cleaning lifting stains as well as particles of dirt
  • Pile lifting
  • Longevity of your carpets.

The proper tools along with an educated worker will always promote a sanitary and healthy work environment, and it preserves the life of an investment from floors to ceilings.

Bonnets do not damage carpets; people with poor habits do.