Carpet Care

Comparison of Carpet Cleaning Methods PDF Print E-mail


Reccomended Cleaning for Commercial Carpeting:

Commercial carpeting is very tightly wound synthetic fibers, unlike residential carpeting that is loosely twisted pile. For commercial carpeting we always recommend a warm water extraction with some type of agitation (bonnet scrubbing or rotary brush). The combination of the warm water and agitation ensure that the fibers loosen and the trapped dirt is able to be extracted effectively.

Carpet Shampoo Method

The theory in the shampoo method is to generate a lot of foam in the carpet, allow this foam to dry, have the resulting residue attract the soil, and vacuum up the residue and soil the next day.

Carpet shampoo products must have the following characteristics which dictate their ingredients:

  • Very high foam levels to reduce wetting.
  • Very stable foam.
  • High lubricity to reduce damage to the carpet fibers from the brushes.
  • Dry to a non-sticky residue.
3 Steps to Carpet Stain Removal PDF Print E-mail

3 Steps to remove most common Carpet stains:

Most carpet stains can be removed using the “Easy as 1-2-3 method”.
Oil-based stains, however, will require the use of a dry cleaning solvent prior to using this cleaning method.

Step 1:

Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials. For large stain, work from the outside of stain to the center to prevent spreading. Blot up liquid spills with a white towel or paper towel.

Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently. Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.

Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently. Never rub, scrub or use a brush. This may damage carpet fibers. If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain. Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, lukewarm water to rinse. Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.

Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of detergent have been removed.

If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over the area cleaned and weigh towels down with a heavy, color-fast object such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.

Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries. If the stain remains, proceed to Step Two. (For coffee, tea or urine, skip Step Two & proceed to Step Three.)

Effective Carpet Care PDF Print E-mail

No flooring lasts forever, but by following the maintenance tips outlined below, you’ll extend the life & beauty of your floor.


Use Entrance Mats

Place floor mats inside and outside entrances to trap soil before it is tracked into your building. Having just 10' of mats on the exterior or inteiror of your doorways will prevent up to 85% of the dirt on shoes from being tracked indoors.

Clean Spots & Spills Immediately
For best results, give prompt attention to spots and spills. Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials. Blot up liquid spills with a white towel. Never rub, scrub or use a brush. This may cause damage to the carpet fibers. Use a cleaning agent and procedure appropriate for the type of stain being removed.

Apply all cleaning agents to the cloth rather than directly to the stained area to avoid saturating the carpet when spot cleaning. Clean the fibers, not the backing.

Deep stains might require repeat cleaning because they can “wick” back up after initial cleaning.

Work from the outside to the center of large stains. This prevents spreading.

Beware of Color Destroying Substances
The chemical ingredients contained in these substances can cause your nylon or nylon blend carpet to become permanently discolored.

  • bleaches
  • furniture polish
  • plant foods, fertilizers and insecticides
  • skin creams
  • toilet bowl cleaners
  • tile cleaners
  • drain cleaners
  • bathroom cleaners
  • printer ink & toner

Vacuum Regularly
You can’t vacuum too often. Using a vacuum with a beater bar or rotating brush will loosen the dirt making it easier for the vacuum to remove soil.

Carpet with thick loop pile construction (Berber) may be sensitive to brushing, rubbing or scrapping of the pile surface which may cause fuzzing and pile distortion. It is recommended that vacuums with suction action only be used on these styles.

Carpet sweepers and electric brooms are useful for picking up crumbs and surface soil, but it’s important to know that they will not deep clean.