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When Is Commercial Cleaning Needed For Carpet?

Commercial carpet cleaning is, in many ways, even more important than residential carpet maintenance. Office buildings receive many times more foot traffic than the average home, and this places a great deal of stress on the carpeting. The pattern, shorter pile and tighter fiber construction reduces the appearance of stains, but a burn, chemical spill or food stain can give the office an unkempt and unprofessional appearance. Regular maintenance is a necessity to ensure that the carpet remains attractive, sturdy and free of unhealthy microbes.

What kind of commercial cleaning is necessary for maintaining the carpet?

Vacuuming on a regular basis is an important element of carpet maintenance. Vacuuming will prevent loose soil from being ground deeper into the fibers. A company certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can provide the expertise needed for thorough, deep vacuuming.

Certified professionals should treat high traffic areas in the building, particularly close to entryways, several times each year. Cleaning high traffic areas will ensure the carpet maintains a uniform look, as these areas tend to accumulate more soil. At least twice a year, all of the carpets in the building should undergo extensive treatment. Dry foam, encapsulation, or hot water extraction are both great for this purpose, though a certified professional can determine which method is a better choice. Hot water extraction will leave the carpeting slightly damp for a short period of time, but the use of  special air movers will speed up the drying process. If the cleaning is performed overnight, the carpet should be completely dry by the time people arrive for work the next day.

If tough stains are an issue, be sure to hire a certified technician for the best results. IICRC certified professionals are often trained in stain and odor removal, color repair, and commercial carpet cleaning, so they are capable of handling any maintenance the carpet may require.

What kind of training does the IICRC offer for commercial carpet?

The IICRC’s Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT) course is considered the foundational class for technicians servicing this industry. During the CCMT, students will learn the basics concerning carpet construction and will be taught the IICRC S100 treatment methods. The S100 addresses the five most common treatment methodologies and teaches technicians a variety of techniques therein. This includes a number of preventative and restorative procedures, giving the technicians the tools needed to maintain and clean carpeting properly. By the time a technician completes the CCMT, they will be well-versed in a variety of cleaning methods for office settings.




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