Spring Cleaning: Carpets
Monday, March 23, 2015
After the long, harsh winter we’ve had, spring will be a welcome change, especially because it brings with it the annual tradition of deep cleaning. When you’re planning a spring-cleaning schedule for your facility, don’t forget about carpet care.
There are plenty of reasons to keep carpets clean year-round, from improving the overall appearance of your facility to maintaining excellent indoor air quality. But carpets do offer plenty of opportunities for special care. Among them are:
· Rapidly re-soiled areas
· Damage such as bulges, rips or tears
Mold: If you are able to identify mold, you’re facing a serious carpet issue. By the time you can see the mold on the surface of the carpet, a lot of damage has already happened below the surface.
The only solution for a mold or mildewed carpet is removal. Hire a professional to ensure the job is done well and that your health isn’t compromised in the process.
To prevent mold or mildew in carpets, make sure the humidity level of the facility isn’t too high, never allow water to stand in carpeted areas and be sure all water is removed whenever the carpets are cleaned, or use a dry-cleaning method.
Stains: Removing stains is fairly straightforward, particularly if you know what caused the stain in the first place.
Water-soluble stains: You can use a simple cleaning solution of 1/4 teaspoon non-bleach detergent (or white vinegar) mixed with 32 ounces of water.
Fat, oil and wax: Put a paper towel over the stain and iron on warm setting. The wax, fat, or oil should come up off the carpet and stick to the paper towel.
Cigarette burns: These can be removed by gently rubbing the pile with the edge of a hard and flat surface, such as a dull knife.
Glue: Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. Once the glue residue is thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is clean.
Wax and Gum: Use ice to freeze the wax or gum, then shatter it with a blunt object, such as a spoon. Vacuum before the pieces soften, and blot the carpet with a white towel.
Rapidly Re-soiled Areas: If certain areas of the carpet are looking soiled more quickly than they should (even in high-traffic areas) it could be because of the cleaning method or chemical residues being left behind after cleaning.
Clean the area again but this time use a heating element that can heat the water and cleaning solution to 212°.
Bulges, Rips and Tears: Usually this is the result of improper carpet installation or adhesive failure.
Unless there’s too much moisture being left behind during the cleaning process (which can cause buckling) you’ll probably need to have the carpet re-stretched so that it lies flat. If you need to fix a rip or tear, unless you are skilled at this type of repair, hire a professional.
Mailender offers equipment and high quality products to help keep the carpets in your facility looking great all year round. Contact our team today to discuss all the ways we can help you stay on top of spring cleaning.