Due to budget cuts, facility managers are trying harder to keep carpets clean and healthy as cost-effectively as possible. Carpets absorb matter and moisture, so managers may not realize soiling until it is too late.  Damage may have occurred by then, and costly restoration or replacement may be necessary.  However, this can be prevented.

HydraMaster provides the following Ten Ways to Keep Carpets Clean, Healthy, and Lasting Longer:
1. Exterior maintenance.  Building occupants “walk-in” the bulk of soil entering a facility.  Much of this comes from sidewalks, parking lots, and outdoor walkways.  These areas should be kept clean throughout the year.

2. Enforce the “Rule of 15.”  At least 15 feet of high-performance matting should be placed at all building entries.  Matting defends a facility from walking in soil and moisture.

3. Vacuum daily.  Vacuuming high-traffic areas removes the dry soiling that can damage a carpet’s appearance and health.

4. Pile lifting.  Pile lifting opens carpet fibers and helps improve vacuuming. It should be performed regularly for more effective soil removal.

5. Focus on lower floors.  Keeping lower floor carpets clean helps prevent soiling on upper floor carpeting.

6. On-the-spot spotting.  Spots should be removed as soon as possible.  Make spotting tools and equipment readily available throughout a facility.

7. Elevators transport people—and soil.  Placing matting inside and outside elevators helps prevent this.

8. Clean carpets where needed.  Place greater concentration where cleaning is needed, on heavy trafficked areas.

9. Use hot water extraction.  Experts say the most effective way to clean carpets is by using hot water extractors.  Further, truck mount systems, because of their added power and heat capabilities, are usually the most effective extraction method.

10. Develop skills and training.  Proper carpet cleaning is a science, and know-how is critical.

“This is a proactive approach to carpet care,” says Wayne Boone, Director of Sales for HydraMaster.  “It can extend the life of carpets while keeping facilities cleaner and healthier.”