Is your cleaning company vacuuming enough?

Is your cleaning company vacuuming enough?
Filed in Commercial Carpet Cleaning on December 16, 2013 0 Comments

Dermatologists estimate that average adults shed over 300 hairs per day from various parts of their bodies and approximately 300,000 skin cells. This along with other insoluble soils such as clay, limestone, carbon, cellulosic fibre from clothing, paper products, grass and leaf fragments winds up on the horizontal surfaces, including the carpet in your office.  This insoluble soil cannot be dissolved with cleaning solutions used in carpet cleaning.  Therefore, it must be removed through regular vacuuming, otherwise it will remain in carpet even after solution-based deep cleaning.

Soil acts as an agent, like sand on sandpaper, to damage the individual carpet fibres, if left in the carpet pile.  Without regular vacuuming and cleaning, most carpet wears out or devolves to an unacceptable appearance long before it should.

Soil builds on three distinct levels within the carpet’s pile.  Hair, cellulose, and light or sticky soils such as dust, gummy sugars, or oily soils remain at the surface. The middle of the pile contains heavier particles of dust, fibre and vegetable matter.  The bottom, near the backing, contains the heaviest and most destructive soil particles, such as sand and grit. These insoluble substances can be found at each level within the carpet’s pile, which only high-powered vacuuming can remove.

Based on an analysis of carpet soiling samples conducted by Dupont Company, in a commercial office environment 74% of soil was of the insoluble variety and 10% dry solvent soluble.  From these samples, it was determined that 74-79% of carpet soil could be removed with high-powered vacuuming.  The remaining 16-22% of soil actually required cleaning solution to dissolve soils before removal could be accomplished.

So, if more than 74% of carpet soil must be removed through vacuuming, is your janitorial service provider or carpet cleaning company vacuuming enough and are they using the proper equipment to remove deeply embedded soil?

According to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), proper vacuuming, at least once a week for medium and low traffic areas and daily in high traffic areas with a CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label (SOA/GL) vacuum cleaner, is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean.  Removing loose soil, while it remains on the carpet surface, prevents dirt from moving down to the lower levels of the carpet pile.

Along with a regular vacuuming plan, the CRI Carpet Maintenance Guidelines state that carpet should be vacuumed as part of the deep cleaning process as it makes a huge difference in the end result.

If your carpets are looking more weathered than they should, it may be time to examine your vacuuming program with your carpet maintenance provider.



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