It’s that time of year again, spring cleaning! Now that the snow is gone, what facilities should focus on is removing salt and other contaminants that came with the winter season. Below are carpet cleaning topics that facilities should address to their staff in order to keep carpets healthy and clean after the winter season.
Use at least 15 feet of walk-off matting before and after entryways. Stopping the soil at the frontline will significantly reduce the amount of soil and dirt that trails into the facility. Also, if possible, be sure to clean/sweep the sidewalk. This can significantly reduce soil buildup on walk-off matting and further improve their effectiveness. Check out the Soil Containment blog for more information.
This includes washing/cleaning the mats, vacuuming, and spot/stain removal. The cleaning frequency of walk-off mats is dependent on the weather and the level of foot traffic; mats can be cleaned up to three times a day. Depending on the type and material of the mat, the top of mats can be vacuumed or extracted, whereas the backing can be washed. Before placing mats back into service, be sure that the mats are completely cleaned and the backing of the mats are completely dried to prevent mat slipping and workplace accidents.
When vacuuming, use a HEPA vacuum with a HEPA filter. Studies have shown that HEPA vacuums and filters improve indoor air quality. When it comes to vacuuming frequency, vacuum more often in high traffic areas and less often in low traffic areas. An effective vacuuming plan can significantly cut cleaning time and cost.
Attack spots and stains immediately. The longer they sit, the harder they will be able to get out. Refer to the Multi-Clean Carpet Floor Care Method for specific spot and stain removal guides.
Spring is the best time to perform deep carpet cleaning. After winter, there’s going to be embedded salt, soil, dirt, and anything else that’s associated with the winter season. Now is the time to remove all of that before it damages the carpet. Be sure to use a detergent or a neutralizing cleaner while extracting. Water does not do justice. Refer to the Multi-Clean Extraction Guide Sheet for specific extraction cleaning procedures.
For more resources on carpet care, please refer to the Carpet Care Guide Sheets or the Carpet Floor Care Method Bulletin 1401. For a listing of Multi-Clean carpet care products, please visit Multi-Clean’s Carpet Care Products Webpage.