A How-To Carpet Care GUIDE FOR PROPERTY OWNERS AND MANAGERS
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Your commercial carpet installation is a significant investment. A consistent and effective carpet maintenance program can maintain the initial facility image and dramatically extend the life of your monetary investment.
1. Start with the right carpet choices that lead to the best end-use carpet performance:
- Specifications: Was the carpet properly specified in relation to the intended use of the carpet at its location?
- Color selection: Was the proper color selected to meet traffic conditions, intensity of sunlight, etc.?
- Installation: Was the carpet installed according to CRI standards?
- Maintenance: Has a scheduled maintenance program been designed to serve the needs of the location?
2. Should I wait until my carpet shows soiling before I have it cleaned?
There is a big difference between cleaning carpet and maintaining carpet. Cleaning is the removal of apparent soil. In the mind of many commercial carpet owners, cleaning takes place imprecisely “as needed”. Soiling is a cumulative process which, if allowed to go too far, cannot easily be reversed. Maintenance, on the other hand, is a planned ongoing process of soil removal designed to retain carpet appearance at a good level every day.
3. The incentive for an effective cleaning and maintenance program is magnified when we recognize that these activities contribute to the following:
- Allows for the healthy reuse of space and materials
- Maintains the value of property and reduces the rate of depreciation
- Contributes directly to personal security, comfort and productivity
- Accents aesthetics
- Serves as a form of insurance that reduces risk and prevents crisis
4. A customized comprehensive carpet care program consists of 5 elements:
- Soil prevention: Isolation or containment of soil by proper mat placement and interior and exterior hard surface maintenance.
- Routine vacuuming: Scheduled frequency for removal of dry soil
- Routine spot and spill removal system: Using professional spot removal techniques.
- Interim maintenance system cleaning systems: Scheduled frequency appearance cleaning for all traffic areas.
- Deep cleaning systems: scheduled frequent deep cleaning to remove residues and trapped soils.