Common Commercial Carpet Cleaning Mistakes
Carpets make our offices and workplaces look professional, but there are costly mistakes that can make them look old beyond their age. One of the most common mistakes is the lack of adequate vacuuming. This is critical to the carpet’s health, because almost 90 percent of the carpet’s soiling is dry soil. Vacuuming easily removes dry soil. If you omit vacuuming, then carpet cleaning will be more difficult.
“Remember that addition of water will convert dry soil to mud, which is more difficult to remove” says Victor Nugent, Owner of AJS Carpet Cleaning, Inc. located in Orem, Provo Utah. Furthermore, wet carpet will attract more dirt. If the people who manage the cleaning in the building skip this step, do not expect it to look as good as properly maintained carpet.
The synthetic fibers of commercial carpets can be scratched with improper vacuuming, and this will cause the carpet to look worn and drab.
Dry soil removal isn’t the only problem though. During intensive cleaning, many other mistakes may occur, such as excessive use of water and chemicals together with inadequate rinsing.
If the detergent remains, it will attract soils readily. This is usually a costly misstep. If you read the carpet’s manufacturer warranty disclaimer, any improper cleaning will void the carpet’s warranty.
Another mistake is the use of too much force during deep extraction wet cleaning. The adhesives used in the carpet’s foundation, may be impacted when too much force is applied.
If the carpet is left too wet, it may lead to the growth of molds and mildews, and a lingering foul odor. It can also result to accidents due to the carpet being slippery.
This is where low moisture cleaning or encapsulation methodology comes in. As with everything, it should also be used with care.
Before we continue, remember that the mistakes discussed vary with the method used, whether it is periodic maintenance, surface cleaning or deep carpet cleaning. Low moisture or encapsulation cleaning has its disadvantages too, as the chemical used can build up over time and degrade the carpet’s appearance. In this process, the chemical is sprayed into the carpet and when the chemical crystallizes, or ‘encapsulates’ the soil it is vacuumed out. This method uses little water, compared to other methods such as hot water extraction carpet cleaning.
One can rightly assume that rigid vacuuming before applying the encapsulation is essential.
Typically, the chemical covers only light soiling and cannot dissolve dry soil or sand completely. It removes the sticky stuff that bonds the soil to the carpet.
Encapsulation should not be used with all type of soils, such as those found in factories, restaurants, movie theaters and the like where soils are greasier in nature.
The dried crystals need to be removed through vacuuming since its efficacy will be reduced if the beads are moistened.
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