Most facilities have one of two types of carpet cleaning plans in place. Some facilities have their carpets cleaned every few months on a set schedule―whether they need it or not―but most facilities seem to clean their carpets only when they look soiled.
Surprisingly, neither of these programs is efficient, as not all carpets experience the same amount of soiling. Carpets on upper floors of a building, for instance, tend to be far less soiled over the same amount of time as carpets on the first floor near building exits, loading docks, industrial areas, etc.
Most carpet care experts agree that the approach of cleaning carpets only when they appear soiled is too late. Carpets hide soiling, and hidden soils can act as abrasives, resulting in premature wear, loss of fiber material, and sometimes even loss of color.
These problems can all come to a head and have a negative impact on carpets during the colder winter months when outdoor soiling tends to increase along with moisture and ice. The use of chemicals such as ice melts, which help prevent slip-and-fall accidents, can also play havoc on carpets. Further, during the wet winter months, there is a greater possibility that mold, mildew, and bacterial growth can develop in carpets.
In order to protect carpets during the winter, facility managers and cleaning professionals need an effective winter carpet care maintenance plan in place to keep carpet clean and protect the entire indoor environment. The following are some of the key steps involved in an effective winter carpet care program.
All facilities should have a carpet care cleaning and maintenance plan in place both during the winter months and throughout the rest of year. Taking a proactive approach keeps carpets clean and healthy and extends the life of carpets. This can also mean that funds that might be used to replace carpets can be used for other purposes—a good idea during tough financial times.
This information was first seen on ISSA.com