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Caring for Carpet 101

September 19, 2010
Here is some food for thought when choosing carpet care equipment. Just as you would not buy Daimler-Benz’s Smart car for an off-roading expedition, purchasing an extractor that is too large or too small for the area you are cleaning would be fruitless.

Equip correctly
A machine that is both versatile and well-suited for your specific cleaning operation will yield far better results.

There are a plethora of machines designed to perform in specific situations.

Do not purchase equipment just because it has flashy gadgets and shiny gizmos.

There is no reason to purchase equipment with features you likely will never use.

Instead, weigh your options and do your homework.

Figure out which services your clients demand and exactly what they expect from you.

With this information you will be able to make your purchasing decisions accordingly.

If you are unsure about what to chose, consult your local JanSan supplier.

They are well-versed in the ways of carpet care equipment and are there to help.

Chemical and processes
Today’s carpet care chemical market offers many green choices.

Effective chemicals that won’t harm user and occupant health, carpet fiber, and indoor air quality are ideal to use.

However, modern equipment and effective chemicals are not enough to do the job and can actually make matters worse if not used properly.

There are countless types of stains that users must deal with on a regular and ongoing basis.

Training is essential in carpet care.

A trained eye can accurately identify what type of stain is present, which is key to eliminating it.

There are several methods available to “test” stains and chemical usage.

A trained employee knows the importance of maintaining proper pH in carpet care.

A skilled trainer knows overwetting and not completely removing chemical solution and water from the carpet can lead to more problems, such as recurring stains and fiber and backing damage.

In addition to properly equipping your staff with products, remember that training is the difference between high-quality and poor carpet care.