Commercial Carpet Cleaning for Hallways
There are specific cleaners for different types of stains. You should consult an expert like Americarpet before using a specific stain remover. The best method to make a commercial carpet last for years is by using HOST Dry Cleaning System.
With an appropriate maintenance program in place, the next step is to follow it. An explanation of recommended cleaning methods, and guidelines for each, are listed below for commercial carpets and hallway carpets.
Vacuum: Vacuuming is the most important element in the maintenance of carpet and overall appearance of the facility. Vacuums are designed to remove dry soil, which accounts for 85 percent of soil tracked into a building. Frequent usage captures dirt at the surface before it settles and becomes more difficult to remove. A quality vacuum is vital to prolonging the life of your carpet. When searching for a vacuum, be sure it is certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute Vacuum Cleaning Indoor Air Quality Program.
Interim Cleaning: Interim cleaning may be conducted between extractions to reduce the total number of extractions and renew carpet appearance.
Low Moisture Encapsulation: Low moisture encapsulation systems efficiently improve carpet appearance with limited down time for cleaning and drying. The cleaning agent R2Xtra, or another encapsulating cleaner certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval Program, is applied and mechanically agitated into the carpet pile, allowed to dry, then vacuumed to remove the encapsulated soil. In conjunction with scheduled hot water extraction, the low moisture method helps maintain premium carpet appearance.
Other interim systems: Other methods, such as the bonnet method, provide merely a temporary appearance enhancement because they only absorb at the surface and provide no extraction of deep soil. A spinning bonnet also may damage the pile. Shaw does not recommend the bonnet method.
Hot Water Extraction: Hot water extraction cleans the oily materials that vacuums can't remove, which accounts for 15 percent of all soil. The frequency of hot water extraction should be defined by the maintenance schedule. If the carpet looks dull or dirty between cleanings the frequency should be increased. Proximity to areas with a high content of soil may require more frequent hot water extractions.
Here are steps to follow:
Thoroughly vacuum all carpet.
Apply a traffic lane cleaner such as R2Xtra, or another cleaner certified by the CRI Seal of Approval Program.
Agitate carpet to allow cleaner to penetrate. Allow 10 minutes dwell time.
Extract with an extraction unit that can apply rinse water at a rate greater than one gallon per minute, with sufficient recovery power to avoid over-wetting the carpet. Do not use extraction machines that recycle the water.
Use fans or air movers to decrease drying times.
Do not use cleaning agents containing optical brighteners or silicon-based anti-soil treatments.
Self-contained, walk-behind machines that apply a cleaning solution at a rate balanced with the recovery capability of the machine do not perform as well as a high-performance extractor. These machines should be used as an interim method, supplemented by periodic high-performance cleaning. 1a