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Spring cleaning your carpet | Cleaning and maintenance management

Carpeting can take serious beatings over time, especially in high traffic areas or in commercial and industrial facilities with rough equipment on the floor. With that in mind, here’s an introductory guide to spring cleaning your carpet with a professional carpet extractor so it looks its best no matter what it’s up against.

Vacuum thoroughly

Before you do anything else, vacuum up as much dirt, grime, and any other dry particles at the surface first. Vacuuming is by far one of the most crucial steps you need to perform on a regular basis. In commercial environments, you need to vacuum every day. Remember to raise the beater brush if you’re vacuuming more delicate materials like wool, so it doesn’t cause damage and separate fibers. Since you can’t rely on a carpet extraction machine to get it all done, thorough and sufficiently frequent vacuuming is always necessary beforehand.

Don’t forget to pre-spray

Next, pre-spray your carpet with a low-sudsing cleaning solution. Dilute the carpet cleaning liquid in a pump sprayer and apply it to the carpet. Do not pour carpet cleaners directly into extractors. Instead, for maximum effectiveness and the best results, apply the pre-spray directly to the carpet surface and allow it to soak. Typically, soaking time is about a minute, but it’s best to follow what the manufacturer recommends on the bottle.

Shake the worst places

Then, using a soft bristle brush, target the most trafficked areas of the rug (usually the middle of a runner, for example). Wherever it gets dirtiest and dirtiest, this form of agitation will work to loosen the most stubborn residue and dirt that’s trapped in the carpet, and it’s also great for buffing out stains.

This step is especially important when cleaning winter remnants from your carpet, from salt carried on boot soles to mud and dirt. However, regardless of the time of year, agitation contributes to the performance of your carpet extraction equipment.

Consider a heated mat extractor

For commercial or industrial environments, such as carpeting in break rooms or offices in a warehouse, a professional-grade machine with a heating element will deliver optimal results in the shortest possible time. When using the extractor, focus on making slow, deliberate strokes to avoid missing any accumulated dirt or grime.

Make sure the suction component of the carpet extractor is still working. Be sure to move in a back and forth motion as this extracts the maximum amount of water with each stroke. As many commercial carpet extractors rely on an electric heating element, they do not have a constant flow rate. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and care of the equipment.

Speed ​​up drying times

If you are unfamiliar with a ventilation device, the technology is simple. It is simply a fan that directs a constantly moving stream of air at floor level; it is ideal for quickly drying areas in high traffic environments. Note that the extractor should have removed any excess water beforehand, so your mat should be damp rather than soaked.

Before placing a ventilation appliance in a commercial environment, install a wet floor panel to ensure compliance with safety and hazard prevention regulations. After turning on the fan, let it dry the carpet completely. The time required will vary depending on the size of the carpet, the amount of moisture present and other related factors.

Maintain a regular cleaning schedule

As stated earlier, be sure to vacuum commercial carpets daily. Deep cleaning with a heat mat extractor takes longer and is more intensive, so it only needs to be done every two months. We recommend a minimum of twice a year at a minimum. Make sure your equipment is clean and fully operational, set a schedule and stick to it to ensure optimal results.

There you have it, a guide to spring carpet cleaning that covers all the essentials. By following these steps, you can ensure a cleaner, healthier, and more inviting indoor environment, not just in the spring, but throughout the year.