Phil Jones, Prochem Sales & Training Manager discusses…
A maintenance regime prolongs the life of a carpet. If cleaning and maintenance is not programmed, then pretty much anything will become soiled more quickly.
In the case of carpet, the abrasiveness of walked-in dust, grit, sand soiling could start to damage and wear out the carpet and reduce its lifespan. The main issue is that most sectors, both residential and commercial, try to extend the periods between cleaning regimes to save money.
When cleaning periods are extended to save money, the flooring naturally becomes more soiled and then the technician has to spend more time attempting to restore the carpet to achieve the client’s expectations. This increase of time will increase the charge.
If clients understood the financial value of the carpeted areas, they may well take a different attitude.
Enhancing the environment
Quite often, carpets are suggested by the architect to give an impression of space and light to the location. Many manufacturers of fitted carpets or tiles produce a wide range of styles and colours to choose from because they understand this.
Regular cleaning also removes impurities, such as pollen, dander, dust particles, etc. Many more people suffer from allergies these days and cleaning can help to improve their work or home environment. This can greatly improve the natural air quality of the office, hotel or home and make it a far more agreeable place to live.
Let’s suppose this sort of result (above) is somehow acceptable to a home or commercial building owner.
If a restaurant or a hotel refrained from floor cleaning what would your thoughts be upon arriving to eat or stay there, particularly greeted with a sight like this?
Leave is the word that comes to mind.
Soiling, if left to increase, would lead to a re-soiling cycle, where further greasy soiling is deposited over greasy soiling, and the carpet becomes a sticky mess – blacktop!
Bacteria are more likely to form and create a health risk as well. Cleaning is a skill: untrained cleaning staff can also cause this issue on flooring, by not adhering to the manufacturer dilution rates for cleaning detergents.
Health & Safety
And then, for the commercial user, there is the not so small matter of health and safety.
Every business has a duty of care to ensure that it offers staff, visitors and customers a healthy environment.
Regular carpet cleaning is an integral part of the hygiene programme for that property. It can all start with correct dry vacuuming, ideally with an upright vacuum machine with a brush roller or beater bar, to help to remove the dry, particulate soil, further down the pile fibre.
Effective removal with one of these machines will help maintain the lifespan of the carpet and remove the potential food source for bacteria.
Regular deep cleaning, such as hot water extraction, can also greatly improve the effectiveness of eliminating bacteria and viruses from materials.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have noticed a large increase in enquiries from managed apartment blocks and hotels, where a selling point is offering residents and guests a cleaner, healthier living space.
Prochem has been busy promoting and demonstrating its Polaris range of walk-behind, hot water extraction machines to clean communal areas such as corridors and foyers.
We are also finding that clients have re-focused on hygiene with awareness of carpet cleaning raised dramatically.
Return to normal
This will only increase in the, likely slow, recovery from Covid-19 and a gradual return to the workplace.
In fact, we are finding a healthy increase in new companies starting up to help with the return to normality. This increase is predominantly driven by new starters aiming at the residential market, as many of us (and our families) marooned at home for months on end are now starting to look at carpets and furnishings and decide that they need cleaning.
Which brings us to solutions: most technicians start hot water extraction cleaning using a compact, portable machine such as the Galaxy. We have recently seen a large volume increase in sales of these as well as the larger, more commercially-aimed Steempro range. These systems can deal with a deeper clean and can help to restore neglected carpet like our friend at the start of this article.
If the commercial contractor is looking for a more regular, maintenance system, then the dry and wet carpet and floor cleaner like the PRO 35, together with WoolSafe approved S745 Procaps soil encapsulation spray cleaner for interim maintenance, can make carpets cleaner and brighter – and provide a quicker way to keep what is clean, looking clean!