Don’t sweep correct procedures under the carpet – Carpet Cleaning

Hi there and welcome back. In my last blog I explored all the different kinds of carpets that can be found in the workplace, helping you understand the ins and outs of one of the most popular floor coverings.

This week I am going a step further, sharing with you the best ways to clean all of the various types of carpets and what equipment you should use. So, whether it’s wool, silk, cotton or polyester carpet, this blog has got it covered.

Equipment is key

It’s crucial to plan and implement an effective and rigorous cleaning regime to ensure your carpet not only looks in tiptop condition but does its job properly too.

My previous blog helped you understand what type of carpet you have; here’s a look at all the processes you can choose from to ensure you get the most out of your carpet.

Vacuuming

As I mentioned in my previous blog, there are two types of soil, wet and dry. Wet is usually from internal factors whereas dry is often trafficked in from outside, easily removed with your regular vacuum cleaner.

How does it work?

Vacuuming creates an air stream through the carpet pile that surrounds the larger, dry particles to dislodge them allowing them to be sucked up into the vacuum cleaner.

So many choices

Now the choice of vacuum cleaner is entirely up to you – a single motor vacuum will suffice for low traffic areas while a commercial upright vacuum cleaner with a separate brush motor is far more effective in heavy traffic areas and will cut down labour costs when operated in a “one pass” action.

If you do have an upright vacuum cleaner or are looking at purchasing one for your workplace these three simple steps will ensure maximum efficiency.

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Spot and Stain Removal

It may be time consuming and somewhat frustrating but spots and stains, when left, can quickly build up and ruin your carpet’s whole appearance.

“What is the difference between a stain and spot?” you may ask. Well, a spot is a concentrated substance lying near the carpet’s surface, which can be removed using general purpose spotters and shampoos. Stains however, have already penetrated the carpet fibres, making it more of a task to remove.

There are several factors that can affect spot and stain removal:

  1. Age of Stain – for most effective removal, spots/stains should be treated as soon as possible.
  2. Type of Stain – the composition of the stain will determine the method you should use when removing.
  3. Temperature – stains produced by hot spills are normally more difficult to remove than cool or warm. Heat expands carpet fibres making them more porous.
  4. Concentration – the higher the concentration the more difficult to remove.
  5. Carpet Pile – shag pile presents more difficult removal of stains than loop pile.
  6. Carpet Construction – wool fibres absorb stains faster and are harder to treat. Nylon and polypropylene have good removal properties while acrylic fall between the two categories.
  7. First Removal Attempts – sometimes incorrect treatment can cause a bigger problem, such as permanent discolouration, carpet pile distortion, spot migration and wicking where upper levels of the spot are removed but the lower levels remain.

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I also have a handy animated guide to help you on you way with spot and stain removing here.

Extraction Cleaning

Known as the most effective method of removing soil from carpets, extraction cleaning essentially involves injecting cleaning fluid at high pressure and sometimes at a high temperature into the carpet pile.

Soil is then loosened, dissolved then almost immediately vacuumed up again. Although this is not necessary for regular maintenance, it can prove highly effective when carried out periodically.

SM20-image_3Never tried extraction cleaning before? Why not take a look at our video, which shows you how to use the equipment safely and efficiently, while explaining the process of extraction cleaning.

Bonnet what?

Yes, bonnet buffing. This is a technique used to remove soil held in the carpet by an oily film, which cannot be removed by vacuuming. This can either be carried out monthly in low traffic areas or weekly in high traffic. If this is kept up regularly enough it can actually prevent soil spreading from entrances into other areas of the building.

This method is quick, with the drying time extremely short. A basic bonnet buffing technique involves the use of a slow speed rotary floor machine fitted with a yarn pad or bonnet, which has been soaked in a cleaner solution and wrung out thoroughly. The cleaner loosens the soil and attracted onto the yarn bonnet, while the friction between the bonnet and the carpet helps the drying of the carpet.

If you would like some further advice on the best way to clean your carpets, check out our Safe Working Procedures guide here.

These cleaning processes are the most common techniques used to clean workplaces carpets. Of course there are other options including, foam shampoo, rotary shampoo, dry foam shampoo and dry absorbent granules so, if you do have any questions about the techniques I haven’t delved into, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line of my social media pages.

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To explore all the different carpet cleaning products available to you, why not visit our website to find the right product for you?

If you are looking for any further information on how to care for your carpets, contact Jangro on 01204 795955 or email enquiries@jangrohq.net

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Carpet Care

Hello and welcome back to my blog. This week I’m here to help you on your way when it comes to understanding your workplace carpets before you even think about cleaning them.

You may be looking to give your carpets a good clean ahead of any work Christmas do’s or you may want your carpets in tip top condition ready for your return after the Christmas break. Alternatively, you may have had some carpets recently fitted and want to know the best way to keep them looking brand new.

Whatever your plan you need to make sure you understand them inside and out in order to treat them properly.

Possibilities are endless

Carpets are by far the most decorative type of floor covering you can opt for and can complement the interior design of any building. Nine times out of ten businesses choose a relatively plain carpet with high durability, as a fancy, patterned carpet isn’t high priority.

Businesses tend to favour carpets over any other type of flooring for their excellent slip-resistant purposes. Even if there are any accidents the nature of carpets offer some protection against injury.

I am going to delve into the world of carpets, highlighting the main groups, individual characteristics as well as look at the pros and cons of each type from a cleaning point of view.

Know your fibres

Types of fibres in a carpet will be crucial in determining the properties and performance of the carpet in use.

There are three main categories:

-Animal

-Vegetable

-Synthetic

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Testing, testing

To an untrained eye it is almost impossible to identify carpet fibres by simply looking at them. “Why do we need to know?” you may ask. Well, the carpet’s fibre will depend on how you need to approach it when cleaning.

There are a range of tests that can be done to help you identify the correct carpet fibres. Here are a couple of examples:

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The Burn Test

The main factor when cleaning carpets is to know whether or not they contain wool. Approximately 97% of carpets are made up of synthetic fibres but there is always the slight chance wool may be present. A quick way to check is by a “burn test”.

You will need:

-Small pair of nail scissors

-A pair of tweezers

-A cigarette lighter

Carefully snip a little tuft of carpet, taking care not to damage the surface of the carpet, then using the tweezers expose the tuft to the flame, carefully observing the reaction. If the fibres “shrink” away from the flame and form a hard black ball, the carpet is made up of synthetic fibres. Alternatively, if the fibres produce a flame and leave a powdery residue, there are wool fibres present.

The Float Test

Nylon and polypropylene are the two main synthetic fibres found in carpets. The float test allows you to identify the fibre as polypropylene. Most fibres are dense which causes them to sink when in the water. Polypropylene, however, does not, floating when immersed in water.

Protection is key

Whatever precautions you may take to minimise the staining of your carpets, there are some areas, no matter what you do, that are more susceptible to wear than others.

One way of getting to the bottom of these issues is by implementing a cleaning regime that allows for the carpets to be cleaned regularly.

Most new carpets come with a protective coating called, “mill finish”, however this is only temporary and over time wears away from general traffic, cleaning and vacuuming.

There are two ways to protect carpets from dirt and staining:

-Dye Blockers

-Fluorochemicals

In the know

In order to have an understanding of your carpet’s maintenance it’s important to know the different types of soil that could be present in your workplace carpet.

Soil can be categorised into either wet or dry, dry typically accounting for 85-95% of soil in a carpet. Most dry soil consists of dust and grit that is bought in on the bottom of shoes and the good news is that a regular vacuuming regime will remove 90-95% of the particles that are loose in the carpet.

Wet soil is a little more difficult to clean as it can stick to the carpet fibres and in some cases, stain. With all spots and stains, it’s better that they are treated sooner rather than later.

For some top tips on removing those pesky spots and stains click here to watch our animated guide.

If you know the typical types of soil that are present in your carpet, there are practical choices you can make to prevent a build up of soil.

You may have noticed there is a particular spot in your workplace building, which is heavily soiled due to high volumes of traffic. An entrance way is a typical location for this, so why not invest in some barrier matting?

There is a whole array of different types of dust and dirt control equipment available today. You can check out our floor care products on our website.

Alternatively, if you are looking at fitting some new carpet in the future it’s key you choose a colour that suits. By suits I don’t mean what looks the nicest, I mean what will help when it comes to maintenance.

When choosing a colour it is vital you consider the most likely soil colour in your workplace and the location of your carpet. For example, if it is predominantly darker soils that cover your carpet you won’t want to have a lighter colour carpet.

The Jangro Genius’ approach to carpet cleaning

I have four main stages of carpet care that, if carried out efficiently should prolong the life of your carpets and contribute to a healthier indoor environment.

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You should now all have a better understanding on the types of carpets. Stay tuned for the next instalment of Carpet Care on my blog where I will go into detail on the different equipment and regimes you should be using and when.

In the mean time, why not watch our Carpet Care video here.

If you would like any further information on any of the subjects I have covered in this blog you can drop me a line on my social media pages. Or, you can contact Jangro on 01204 795955 or email enquiries@jangrohq.net.

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