Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

The role of proper carpet care equipment

September 19, 2010
It’s no secret that a comprehensive carpet care program ensures your carpet is properly cleaned in a timely manner.

By creating a systematic approach to your carpet care that incorporates preventive, interim and restorative maintenance, you can keep your facility’s carpet both clean and clean-looking.

Preventive maintenance is all about the daily removal of soil when it’s dry and preventing it from getting further into your facility and your facility’s carpet.

It also includes the timely removal of spots and stains. Interim maintenance targets the surface soil before it becomes deeply embedded in the carpet and does so without getting the carpet overly wet.

Restorative maintenance focuses on maximum soil removal — trying to get out as much deeply embedded dirt and as many recurring stains as possible using more aggressive technologies.

By understanding these processes, it’s easy to identify the cleaning equipment needed to implement a comprehensive carpet care program, including: A vacuum and a spotter for preventive maintenance, a pump-up sprayer and a low-moisture cleaning machine for interim cleaning, and an extractor and carpet rake for restorative cleaning.

Having the right equipment is key to properly implementing a carpet care program.

In addition, with the right equipment, you can achieve a clean and clean-looking carpet as well as cost-savings that impact your bottom line and environmental cleanliness that improves the health and well-being of those who frequent your facility.


Diane Simek is a senior product manager with Tennant Company, a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that create a cleaner, safer world. She can be reached at diane.simek@tennantco.com.