Do you have carpet that you are in charge of maintaining? Maybe you are a janitor of a church or school. Perhaps you are the manager of a restaurant or simply own a house or business where there is carpet flooring. If so, you probably know a thing or two about carpet maintenance. However, most people rarely understand the steps that have to be taken to maximize the life of carpet. As a result, allergens and other soils quickly build up in the roots of the carpet fibers and the carpet slowly gets harder and harder to clean. When this happens, the carpet can experience discoloration and at that point, there is little even a professional carpet cleaner can do it get the carpet back to its original shape. However, if you have been neglecting your carpet, don’t worry, there are a few things you can do to get your carpet back in good shape. So if you are interested in carpet maintenance in Birmingham, Al pay attention to the tips below.
Walk off mats are the first defense to allergens and soils that seems to find their way onto carpet. They should be placed on both sides of each entrance for maximum protection. These mats will eliminate about 70% of dirt and soils that are found on the bottom of shoes. Regular vacuuming is the next step in preventive maintenance. Depending on the level of traffic, vacuuming should be done thoroughly and frequently. High traffic areas, such as hallways or corridors should be vacuumed at least once a day. Other areas such as the bedroom or dining room should be vacuumed at least 3 times a week.
It is extremely important to get your carpet deep cleaned via hot water extraction or “steam cleaning” by a professional at least every 6 months to a year. This deep cleaning should be done with a powerful truck mount unit. This is similar to pressure washing your carpet while vacuuming up the water simultaneously. The high pressure and high heat cleaning not only kills bacteria, it also removes the dirt packed down and hidden beneath your carpet fibers.
So if you are in charge of carpet maintenance, be sure to keep a strict carpet cleaning maintenance schedule developed with your professional carpet cleaner.