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A Guide to Carpet Care- Part 3: Soil Prevention

Posted by Gary Fage on 01-Jun-2016 13:23:26

A_Guide_to.jpgWelcome to the final edition of my three part guide to carpet cleaning, click the links to view Part 1 or Part 2Controlling soil is the to Key Commercial Carpet Cleaning. We can consider carpet care in four stages, which if carried out systematically should prolong the useful life of your carpets and contribute to a healthier indoor environment. This is the third part of the blog in which I will deal with preventing soilage and carpet preservation. 

Soil Prevention

One of the cornerstones of an effective carpet care programme is to minimise the amount of soil that reaches the carpet in the first place, reducing cleaning requirements and wear, and increasing the useful life of the carpet. There are a number of practical things that can be done here, the first being to analyse the types and source of the likely soil that will reach the carpet.

Table of wet and dry soil properties

This analysis will enable you to think about a system of barrier matting that will help reduce soil reaching the carpet, and to think carefully about choosing a practical carpet colour for the location.

Carpet Preservation 

Barrier Matting

Often when you enter a building onto a carpeted area you either find a dirty area of carpet in the main traffic lane or, if a barrier mat is present, it is so heavily soiled to be worthless. An essential, although often overlooked part An example of a barrier mat of any carpet care programme, is the installation and correct maintenance of barrier matting.

There are numerous types of dirt and dust control equipment available today, and the correct choice, positioning and maintenance are of significant importance to the effectiveness of any carpet care programme. The choice of matting type will depend on the traffic conditions, whether light or heavy, the location of the floor in the building, and what type of surface is immediately outside the building.

During wet weather, plastic mats can sometimes prove to be a useful alternative, as wet, dirty soils are very difficult to remove from carpeting. Having chosen the most appropriate barrier matting for the premises, it is important to give some consideration to ensuring the matting will be the most effective size for the location. As a minimum, entry mats should be large enough to allow both shoes to come into contact with the mat, preferably significantly larger, as the larger the mat, the less soil will be deposited on the carpet.

Once installed, correct maintenance of barrier matting is essential, and soaking mats in a solution of a suitable cleaner on a regular basis will ensure the effectiveness of the matting and help decrease overall carpet maintenance costs. It is recommended that consideration is to be given to a regular professional laundry programme.

We currently supply a range bespoke barrier mats which are machine washable- contact us for more information! 

Carpet Colour

Types of CarpetSpecifying carpet colour is the next step in developing an effective carpet care system. All too often, carpet colour is chosen solely for aesthetic reasons, with little or no thought given to maintenance. An extremely attractive colour can quickly lose its appeal once it becomes soiled.

Two key issues need to be considered when choosing the carpet colour - likely soil colour and location of the carpet. The colour of the soil being tracked onto the carpet can vary from red clay through brown to yellow sand, as well as black atmospheric soilage in built up areas. You will find that the more contrast between the soil and the carpet, the quicker the carpet will looked soiled, and the more often it will need cleaning.

Obviously, light soils will quickly appear evidence on darker carpeting, whilst red clays quickly soil yellow and gold carpeting. Although it is somewhat labour intensive, testing the various soil types around your building on different carpet colours can pay dividends in the long term.

The location of the carpet will determine the types of soils that are likely to be brought into contact with the carpet. Petroleum oils and grease are typical soils tracked into entry areas from car parks, especially those constructed of asphalt, which produces yellow-black soilage from sulphur and tar residues. Similarly, specific soils may be attributed to specific areas such as kitchen/dining areas and pavements. Atmospheric soils are the only soils that are uniform throughout a building.

Soils can also be hidden further by using multicolour tweed designs since solid colours are very prone to show soiling quicker.

This is the final installment of my three part Blog on carpet maintenance but if you like what you see, check out my other blogs here.

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Gary has over 30 years experience in the UK Cleaning Industry and is managing director of Janitorial Express, a director of the Jangro Group and vice chairman of the Hill Club the UK's premeire cleaning industry networking club.

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