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Having An Effective Commercial Carpet Cleaning Plan

Proper commercial carpet cleaning is not a one and done type of thing,  it must be maintained year-round to prolong the life of the flooring and its look. And it takes more than basic treatment equipment and training to do the job right. It takes a calculated approach that is focused on preventing debris and soil from entering the building, and eliminating it before it has a chance to do damage to the carpeting. It takes a certified, trained firm to execute this detailed form of treatment, and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers the best training in the industry for professionals.

What are the components of an effective commercial carpet cleaning plan?

There are several elements to a maintenance program, and they all have to work together to minimize soil infiltration in the carpeting. These elements include:

  • Preventing soil from entering the building. Perhaps the most important component of a plan has nothing to do with the cleaning process itself. The goal is to keep people from tracking in soil, and this is done by maintaining the hard surfaces around the outside of the building, and with smart mat placement, such as in high-traffic and entrance areas.
  • Regular, even daily vacuuming. A good commercial grade vacuum can prevent deposited soils from becoming matted in the flooring and causing damage to the fibers. A qualified firm will determine what areas need vacuuming the most, attacking high-traffic areas, and areas where debris is likely to gather.
  • Responsive spot removal. Although the flooring found in office buildings can hide stains well, allowing these stains to sit will affect the feel of the material and can attract pests and mold. Spot removal techniques, along with color repair or odor removal, will ensure spills and stains are dealt with as needed.
  • Scheduled deep treatment. Eventually, even the most carefully maintained carpeting will need to undergo deep commercial carpet cleaning. How often this is necessary depends, again, on the amount of foot traffic in the building. For lightly trafficked areas, deep cleaning may only be necessary once a year, while heavy traffic areas will need to be dealt with every three to six months. Deep treatment usually involves hot water extraction or other penetrative methods, and requires several hours and powerful equipment to execute appropriately.

Why should technicians consider the IICRC for their commercial carpet cleaning training needs?

The IICRC has trained industry technicians for more than four decades, and in variety of disciplines. Flooring treatment remains its primary focus, and the IICRC has developed a detailed set of standards for the process. Its S100 set of standards is considered the best set of practices available, and has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). With the IICRC’s industry best practices, a firm will be able to provide superior service and build long lasting relationships with its clients.

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