Cleaning carpets in commercial areas requires specialist products and machinery to ensure deep cleaning and quick drying in order to minimise interruption to the walk through areas.
Professional carpet cleaners are equipped with highly concentrated cleaning products, sprays and protectors and along with high-powered industrial machines to extract the deepest of dirt and stains, are the best equipped for the job.
Various carpet cleaning methods are used depending on how dirty the carpet is and how quickly the carpet area needs to be functional.
Before beginning the cleaning process, the carpet is vacuumed using an industrial vacuum cleaner to remove surface dirt, sand dust and soil.
Spots and stains are pre-treated with specialist chemical agents, equipped for that particular stain. Any remaining residue will be removed during the cleaning process.
The carpet is then sprayed with the appropriate cleaning agent for the type of carpet laid. The cleaning agent reaches deep down to remove oils and grease in the carpet. The carpet is also agitated with special carpet brushes to help with removing surface dirt and ensuring the cleaning agent is worked deep into the carpet.
The required cleaning method is then used on the carpet;
Hot water deep cleaning extraction method – this method is most commonly used in commercial areas. A deodorizing solution is first jetted into the carpet at high pressure to help loosen up stubborn dirt and soil particles. The high-powered machine then extracts the hot water, along with the dirt and stains, leaving a clean and fresh-smelling carpet which is dry in a short time. Specially designed hand-tools are used to clean into the corners and edges of carpet, resulting in a thoroughly cleaned carpet.
Low moisture carpet cleaning – an ideal method of cleaning for areas which cannot be wet cleaned. For example, older carpets which use jute as a backing can result in tearing of fibres if the carpet gets too wet. Low moisture cleaning is a cost-effective way to clean carpets and may extend the life of carpets, especially if a maintenance programme is in place. Low-moisture cleaning uses a reduced amount of moisture, typically 5 percent of the amount of water that extraction would use. A moist cleaning agent is worked into the pile using an agitation machine, and then vacuumed thoroughly after drying.
Encapsulation process – this cleaning method uses soft rotary brushes and the bonnet buff method (an adaptation of hard floor spray buffing to carpets). Crystallising shampoo is worked into the carpet with a rotary machine. As the chemicals dry, they crystallise and encapsulate the dirt, allowing for easy removal through vacuuming.
Whilst there is numerous carpet cleaning methods available, these three methods cover most requirements for commercial carpet cleaning.
It is very easy to ‘over-wet’ carpets and completely ruin them and it is of paramount importance to enlist the services of an experienced professional to carry out the cleaning of commercial carpets. With their extensive knowledge and training, they will ensure carpets are thoroughly cleaned and protected, and help to extend their life for many years to come.