Professional Carpet Cleaning Tips

1. Daily vacuuming is one of the most important parts of a good carpet cleaning and maintenance program. Upright vacuums out-perform canister tank vacuums, generally because they add mechanical action to the suction power of the vacuum motor. This mechanical action opens the carpet fibers allowing for more soil to be removed from the second and third dimension of the carpet.
2. Two- and three-motor upright carpet vacuums out-perform single motor upright carpet vacuums, however, the two- and three-motor vacuums are designed for straight line push vacuuming and therefore are best for open, uncongested carpeted areas. Single-motor upright carpet vacuums are usually very lightweight vacuums and are commonly sashayed back and forth over the carpet surface. If a two- or three-motor upright carpet vacuum were used in the same manner as a single-motor upright, the operator would become fatigued very quickly.
3. A carpet pile lifter is a fantastic carpet maintenance and grooming machine. A very aggressive brush loosens deeply embedded dry soil and removes it with a separate, high performance vacuum motor. Use against the lay/grain of the carpet, incorporating the use of a carpet pile lifter in a carpet maintenance program will improve the overall appearance of the carpet dramatically and extend the requirement for interim and restorative wet carpet cleaning procedures.
4. To maintain a high appearance standard on carpeting, a daily spot and stain removal program must be implemented. Most spots can be removed with a solution of ‘Clean’ and water, but tough stains will usually require ‘Special Stain Remover’.
5. Vacuum filters must be cleaned and maintained frequently if the full value and efficiency of the vacuum is to be realized. Never wash a mohair filter with water as it can plug the pores in the filter reducing the airflow. Clean and empty permanent filter bags as and when necessary to ensure that the maximum airflow is provided. Do not overfill disposable paper filter bags. If possible, choose a top-loading filter, be it permanent of disposable type, for upright carpet vacuum cleaners.
6. Apply scrubbing solution liberally to manageable area of floor.
7. When carpet sprouts are noticed in a carpet, trim them off immediately before the carpeting unravels any further than it already has. These sprouts can also cause a trip hazard.
8. When choosing any carpet cleaning chemical, ensure that it dries to a ‘Friable Ash’. Carpet cleaning chemicals that leave residuals in the carpet will contribute greatly to serious re-soiling problems thus very quickly reducing the appearance of newly cleaned carpets.
9. Always read MSDS’ and chemical labels before using any chemicals and observe the safety requirements. Ensure that decanted chemicals bear proper Work Place labels that are accurate and legible.
10. Be sure to carefully follow label dilutions and directions at all times as noted.
11. Never mix cleaning chemicals. Mixing chemicals improperly could lead to poor quality work, harm to the carpet surface, and possibly injury or a serious health hazard to the user or others.
12. Provide adequate Walk Off mats at all entrances. Clean mats frequently to reduce the soil that is walked onto a carpet. If sand mats are used, shake out sand at least daily. Vacuum, flush rinse, and extract nylon, polyester, or olefin absorbent matting frequently.
13. Always clean equipment immediately after use. Clean equipment will function better and will extend the life of the equipment. Dried-on soil can be very hard to remove.
14. Always check inventory levels of any chemicals and custodial hardware needed prior to any major carpet cleaning procedure. Order the materials needed in advance of the planned project work.

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