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What Are The Procedures For Office Carpet Cleaning?

Office carpet cleaning is an often overlooked but essential part of maintaining a healthy work environment. Textiles are the preferred flooring type in most commercial buildings, as their sound absorption, slip protection, and soil collection abilities are unmatched. However, without regular maintenance, soil will build up inside the carpet fibers, potentially causing damage. Before long, dust and grime will become suspended in the air or attract various pests, possibly affecting the health of the people inside the building.

What office carpet cleaning procedures should a building owner consider?

The best maintenance is preventative maintenance, so measures should be taken to keep soil from getting into the building in the first place. The best way to do this is by keeping exterior walkways free of debris and by placing mats near entrances. Entry mats should be large enough for people to take two full steps, as this will maximize their effectiveness. Mats with a nylon face and vinyl backing are most efficient at absorbing moisture, and they work best when placed on flat, hard surfaces. Daily vacuuming should also be done. The quicker dirt and dust is removed from the floor, the easier it will be to extract all of it. Finally, spot stains must be handled as soon as possible, and most stains can be removed with warm water and a mild detergent if there is a fast response.
Even with preventive maintenance, though, eventually the carpet will have to be thoroughly treated. At the very minimum, all high traffic areas, like entrances, should be cleaned on a quarterly basis. When possible, all of flooring in the building should be treated at least twice a year, with the aim to penetrate as deeply as possible and remove embedded dirt.

There are many forms of office carpet cleaning available, and each of them are designed to remove as much soil as possible. Some methods involve the use of special compounds, like polymers, which attract soil. Some use hot water to penetrate deeply into the fibers, uprooting embedded debris. While all methods have their merits, it’s worth noting that two of the largest flooring manufacturers, Mohawk and Shaw, recommend hot water extraction for their products. During hot water extraction, a combination of heated water and detergent is injected into the floor and vacuumed up. This office carpet cleaning method is often used to remove residue left behind by other treatment processes.

Commercial treatment is an involved process that requires training before it can be executed properly. Though there are a couple organizations that can provide this training, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the most respected among them. The IICRC was initially established as a training organization to help technicians learn steam treatment, and it still certifies thousands of professionals every year. With IICRC training, a technician will be able to take on a job of any size and treat the carpeting effectively, no matter what condition it is in.

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