looking and long-lasting carpets the consumers should follow a three
step carpet maintenance program.
Understanding what you're
facing matters much in carpet maintenance.
It's important to know that different soil types affect carpet in
different ways. Dry soils can destroy carpet fibre, but fortunately,
most can be removed by regular vacuuming. Oily soils, like resins,
gums, greases and fats, are the binders that attract and hold other
types of soil to the carpet. The result is a carpet with a dingy grey
or brown appearance. Oily soil is the primary reason for poor carpet
appearance and, because it adheres to the carpet fibre, it can't be
Taking the following steps will be helpful in maintaning the healthy
look of a carpet:
A. Preventive maintenance
B. Routine maintenance
C. Deep cleaning
A. Preventative maintenance:
With that in mind, preventing soil from entering the environment is
easier and less expensive than removing it from the carpet. Actions
you should take are as follows:
- Keep sidewalks, parking
lots, garages and other outside areas clean. Remove snow and ice during
winter months instead of applying with chemicals or sand.
- Use walk-off mats, grates and removable carpets. Vacuum these areas
daily, clean frequently and change often for best results.
- Use chair pads to protect desk areas.
- Designate eating, drinking and smoking areas.
- Maintain HVAC system by regularly replacing or cleaning air-handling
B. Routine maintenance:
Next, a regular, scheduled maintenance program helps to remove soil
before it can build up and damage carpet fibre. Restorative cleanings
are too late to bring a carpet to a "like-new" appearance.
Instead, it's likely that the carpet would have to be replaced prematurely
causing life-cycle costs to increase.
Two key elements of a successful program are knowing the frequency
that vacuuming is needed and the correct type of equipment that should
be used. Recommended vacuuming frequency.
- Moderate to heavy traffic areas need daily vacuuming. These areas
include entrances, lifts, lobbies, reception areas, busy corridors,
cafeterias, vending machine areas, or employee lounges.
- Low traffic areas, like offices or conference rooms, need vacuuming
twice or three times in a week.
Correct vacuuming equipment
- Moderate to heavy traffic areas are best cleaned with dual-motor
vacuums, which use two motors that both knock dirt loose and provide
- Light traffic areas can be cleaned well with single motor vacuums
that are moderately powerful and easy to maneuver around furniture.
- Detail vacuums are recommended only for confined areas or around
the edges of rooms.
- Carpet sweepers may be used to quickly remove small pieces of litter
but should not be used as a substitute for thorough cleaning.
C. Deep Cleaning:
Finally, there are many common methods of cleaning available. You
should choose a cleaning method which will be the most effective and
compatible with your carpet and its traffic levels. You also need
to be aware that some methods use detergents that cause resoil. This
happens when detergents remain on the fibre surface after cleaning.
These detergents will continue to attract soil causing the carpet
to look dirty.
ResisTechTM works by surrounding and neutralizing oily soil with a
detergent that inhibits the attraction of dry soil. Soil becomes very
easy to remove with routing vacuuming. ResisTechTM also reduces the
surface energy of a carpet, much like the way that TeflonSM nonstick
coating works on a frying pan. This helps eliminate the chance of
carpet resoiling, and can even help improve the appearance of your
carpet over time. We recommend that ResisTechTM be applied to the
carpet as a part of a routine maintenance program.
Hot water extraction
Under pressure, hot water and detergent is sprayed into the carpet
pile. Then the water, detergent and loosened soil are removed with
a powerful vacuum. Hot water extraction is often used and is effective
for deep cleaning carpet. Any detergent left in the carpet, however,
will continue to attract soil (resoil) and cause a dingy, dirty appearance.
Carpet is sprinkled with dry compound to attract soil and absorb oil.
A mechanical brush with a counter-rotating agitation knocks soil from
carpet fibres and then is vacuumed up. Only a short drying time is
required due to low amounts of moisture used. If compound is applied
inconsistently, however, carpet can appear clean in areas and less
clean in others.
Air compression and agitation creates dry foam with this method. A
revolving cylindrical brush then combs foam through carpet pile; and
only a short drying time is needed due to low amounts of moisture
used. If detergent is left in the carpet, resoiling may occur, resulting
in a carpet with a dingy and dirty appearance.
A solution of detergent and water is fed through a brush into the
carpet. A rotating brush agitates the solution into the pile, loosening
soil particles from the carpet fibre. Rotary shampoo is usually used
in conjunction with hot water extraction. Damage in the carpet fibre
may occur if the rotating brush dries out during cleaning.
A solution of detergent and water is sprayed onto carpet and a rotating
absorbent pad is used to agitate carpet tufts. Alternately, the absorbent
pad is soaked in a detergent solution and then applied to the floor.
Damage to the carpet may occur if the rotating pad dries out during
cleaning, and detergent is likely to be left in the carpet causing