carpet care tips

Tips on Maintaining your carpet between Maintenance Visits

  1. Soil Prevention - Course entryway mats or grids to remove course soil and absorbent interior walk off mats to clean footwear of soil, sand, salt and water will provide the first protection to the carpeted areas of a building by reducing the amount of soil to come into contact. The grids and walk off mats themselves need to be maintained to continue to do their job efficiently.
  2. Vacuuming - Most of the soil on a carpet will be dry soil. This soil must be removed regularly by vacuum to prevent it from grinding into the carpet and abrading the fibers. Slow deliberate strokes, particularly the pull stroke, will allow the brushes time to loosen soil for the vacuum to remove. A vacuuming schedule should be prepared and adhered to. Suggested minimum frequency is: Heavy traffic - daily, Medium traffic - every other day, Low Traffic - weekly. A commercial vacuum cleaner equipped with high efficiency filtration is recommended.
  3. Spot and Spill Removal - Spots and spills should be acted upon quickly to reduce the chance of setting a stain into the carpet fibers. An arrangement should be made with a maintenance provider to provide this service. Those doing so need to be trained in the chemistry and methods required.
    1. When a stain is first discovered, contact personnel in the immediate area to determine the type of stain - coffee, soft drink, milk, ink, etc.- and when the stain occurred. It makes sense to train ALL personnel not to fear notifying the maintenance department of a stain as soon as it occurs.
    2. Supply lids for coffee and beverage cups as well as trays for carrying several cups. This prevents unnecessary drips and spills.
    3. TIME is of the essence in stain treatment; the sooner the better to prevent the stain from setting.
    4. Patting or blotting a stain will achieve better results in its removal and retention of the pile texture. Continued rubbing will distort the pile and damage fibers.
    5. Normal cleaning solution, plain detergent and water, or in some cases, a dilute solution of acetic acid (white vinegar), will remove most spots. However, some stains require special chemical treatments, which should be handled by trained personnel. Improper use of and/or improper chemicals could result in more harm than good.
    6. Removal of items such as chewing gum or tar can be accomplished by the use of ice (dry or wet) or a special gas dispenser to harden the gum or tar, after which it may be broken up and vacuumed.
  4. "Sprouts" of yarn should NEVER be pulled. Simply clip with a pair of scissors to the level of the pile height.

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