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Creating a carpet maintenance program

 

It’s vital that you understand the importance of proper carpet maintenance, then, you are ready to create a simple but important maintenance program for your natural fibre carpet. Here are five simple steps in a preventive maintenance program.

 

Step 1: Make preventive maintenance a priority

Preventing soil from entering the environment is easier and less expensive than removing it from the carpet.

  • Keep outside areas clean

 

Outside maintenance helps minimise the most common source of soil. The cleaner you keep the entry points, garages, patios, ensuites, kitchens and other external areas outside your carpeted rooms or around your home or building, the less dirt will be tracked inside and onto your carpets.

 

  • Use soil barriers

 

Entry mats, grates, removable elevator carpets all help collect soil before it can be tracked throughout your home or building. Vacuum daily, clean frequently and change often for the best results.

  • Protect desk areas

 

Chair protector mats under your desk chairs in the home or office prevent caster wheels from crushing your carpet and grinding in soil, where you continually roll.

  • Specify eating, drinking and smoking areas

 

By restricting these activities to limited areas, you can help control certain difficult kinds or soil.


 

Step 2: Manage soil with regular vacuuming

Regular vacuuming is the most important dry soil management procedure. Effective vacuuming removes dry soil so that it cannot spread to other carpeted area. The level of effective vacuuming has two components: Frequency and equipment type. Both frequency and quality will help to ensure your carpets stay looking cleaner and fresher for longer.

         
Vacuuming Frequency
  • Heavy to moderate traffic areas (entrances, hallways, elevator lobbies, reception areas, etc.) all should be vacuumed daily.
  • Light traffic areas (bedrooms, living, dining, offices, conference rooms etc.) should be vacuumed at least once per week)

 

Equipment Type

 

  • Powerhead upright vacuums are very effective machines for thoroughly cleaning any traffic areas around the home and or heavy to moderate commercial traffic areas. This vacuum uses two motors to clean. One motor drives a beater-brush bar that knocks the dirt loose, while the second motor provides the suction that pulls dirt into the vacuum bag.
  • Barrel vacuums can be very effective machines depending on their design. For the most part, they generally great for around the home and should only be used in some light commercial traffic areas. They are generally less powerful than upright vacuums, but easier to maneuver around furniture and can be very effective if properly maintained.

Carpet sweepers may be used to remove small surface litter in high visibility areas for a quick clean up. However, they are not an effective cleaning method and should not take the place of thorough vacuuming.

 


 

Step 3: Promptly remove spills and stains 

Although spills are inevitable, permanent stains do not have to be. Most stains can be avoided or removed by immediate, or at least same-day, treatment. It is good practice to have spot and stain removal products and equipment on hand for immediate use. 
 
Correct identification of spots and stains is the first step in proper removal because some types of spills may require special cleaning solutions and techniques. But for most spills, the basic removal procedure is the same: 
 
  1. Blot as much of the spill as you can with an absorbent towel. Always work toward the center of the spill. Do not rub! If the spill is solid or semisolid, gently scrape off what you can using a dull knife. 
  2. Apply a general-purpose carpet spotter to the spill. This is a detergent solution that is specially made for use on carpets. Never use other kinds of cleaning solutions, such as bleach. These may permanently damage the carpet. 
  3. Tamp or pat in the carpet spotter with a tamping brush. 
  4. Wait three minutes, then blot again. 
  5. Rinse with clean water, then blot as dry as possible. 
 
If the stain remains, repeat the entire process. If the stain persists after the second time, contact a maintenance professional. 
 

Professional Cleaning:

 

Sydney

Carpet Care Services – Freecall 1800 626 564 
Ph: 02 9420 1715       Fax: 02 9420 9629 
 
A.C.T & Nationwide – Host Cleaning Service – Freecall: 1300 729 524 
 

Melbourne

Chem Dry – Ph: 03 9723 7304 
 

Brisbane and Gold Coast

Andersens Carpet Cleaning – Ph: 07 3376 7677 
Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley 
 

Perth

Complete Carpet Management – Ph: 08 9401 1000 

 

  • Hot water extraction
Extraction machines clean carpet by first spraying hot water and detergent into the carpet pile under pressure, and then removing water, detergent and loosened soil with a powerful vacuum. This method is the most frequently used type of cleaning in the industry and is very effective for deep-cleaning carpet. Caution: Detergent left in the carpet will continue to attract soil (resoil) causing a dingy, dirty appearance. 
 
  • Dry compound
In this method, dry compound is sprinkled on carpet to attract soil and absorb oil. 
A mechanical brush with counter-rotating agitation knocks soil from carpet fibers. The compound is then vacuumed up. Less moisture is used with this method than with hot water extraction, which means a shorter drying time is required for the carpet. Caution: Carpet can appear clean in some areas and less than clean in others due to inconsistent application of the dry compound. 
 
  • Foam shampoo
This method uses a machine to create foam by air compression and agitation. 
A revolving cylindrical brush combs foam through carpet pile. Like dry compound, the foam shampoo method uses less moisture, resulting in short drying times. Caution: A dingy, dirty appearance may result from detergent left in the carpet, and some areas may appear less clean due to inconsistent foam application. 
 
  • Rotary shampoo
With this method, a solution of detergent and water is fed through a brush into the carpet. A rotating brush agitates the solution into the carpet pile, loosening soil particles from the carpet fibers. This method is usually used in conjunction with the hot water extraction method. Caution: The rotary shampoo method requires the use of a heavy machine that can cause pile distortion or even carpet damage. Damage can also result if the rotating brush dries out during cleaning.