Carpet Cleaning Tips
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Most carpet care products are relatively
safe to use, and have only a small impact on the environment.
However, some of these products do contain toxic chemicals
that are harmful both to the janitor who uses them and
to people who occupy the building. It is best to select
the mildest products you can find that work effectively.
Also, carpets that are cleaned less often require more
and stronger chemicals that do carpets that are regularly
maintained. It is a good strategy to set up a maintenance
program that takes care of carpet needs throughout their
useful life. Using the wrong products or excess amounts
of chemicals can easily damage carpets. Therefore, a
successful maintenance program will feature the products
suited to the work, and will thoroughly train janitors
in proper carpet cleaning methods.
Cleaning Tip #1: Dust Prevention
Preventing soil from entering a building in the first
place means carpet cleaning can be less frequent, thereby
reducing the amounts of chemicals used.
Large, frequently cleaned walk-on mats should be placed
at each high-traffic building entrance. These mats should
be large enough to capture several footsteps. Experiment
with different sizes and textures to see what works
best at each doorway. Every few days these mats will
become “full” of soil. Therefore, it’s
important to vacuum all doorway mats frequently so that
they will continue to capture soil before it is carried
into the building.
Some modern buildings are totally enclosed. If possible,
the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system
in such a building should be operated so that the air
pressure just inside each doorway is higher than that
of the natural air outdoors. Doing so will push airborne
dust back outside.
Cleaning Tip #2: Vacuuming
Daily vacuuming with strong suction, tight filter, rotating
brush machines removes up to half or more of the soil
that falls onto carpets. How much effort does it take
to attain this level of cleaning? Routine vacuuming,
with up to four back and forth strokes of the wand across
the carpet, is sufficient for low traffic areas. Up
to ten wand strokes may be needed at outside doorways
and other high traffic areas. Supplemental vacuuming
will be needed along walls and carpet edges where soil
tends to accumulate.
Carpet Cleaning Tips & Stain Removal
• If spot is wet, blot it, don't rub. Rubbing
spreads the soil.
• If spot is dry, loosen soil and vacuum away
prior to moistening it.
• Always rinse cleaned area thoroughly. If not
removed, cleaning products may cause the cleaned area
to attract soil.
• When taking out stains, always use a white cloth.
• Clean spots and stains immediately. You will
have much better chance of removing them.
• When using any cleaner, dilute according to
direction. A mixture that is too potent may cause damage.
• Always pre-test the surface to be cleaned. Apply
cleaning solution to an inconspicuous area of the same
material. If, after five minutes, the material's color
transfers to towel, try another product.
• Carpet shampoo is good to have on hand and is
available at most hardware stores.
• A mild mineral spirit solution is useful for
many household-cleaning applications.
• For wax dropped on carpet or upholstery, set
a clean, absorbent cloth over the wax stain and hold
a hot iron on it. Lift cloth away and the wax should
be removed with the cloth.
Cleaning Tip #3: Nail polish Stain
Follow the tips listed below (in order) until stain
has lifted from your carpet: Apply small amounts of
the cleaning solution with a clean, white, absorbent
towel. Continue to apply and blot frequently until the
staining material is no longer transferred to the towel.
Apply a small amount of dry cleaning solvent or alcohol
(available at grocery, drug and hardware stores). Use
small amounts to prevent possible damage to sizing,
backings or stuffing materials. Do not use
gasoline, lighter fluid or other flammables.
Mix one-half teaspoon of white neutral detergent (a
mild dishwashing dish washing detergent containing no
strong alkalis or bleaches), with a cup of lukewarm
Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds
cup of water.
Mix a solution of powdered enzyme laundry detergent
following the label or box instructions. Allow the solution
to remain on the stain for the length of time recommended
by the manufacturer. The final step is to blot any remaining
moisture or cleaning solutions by pressing or padding
the area with absorbent towel. Weight it down and allow
at least six hours to dry.
Cleaning Tip #4: Coffee Stain
Blot the area with a clean, white cloth to absorb all
the liquid you can.
Mix 1-teaspoon clear, mild liquid dishwashing detergent
with 1 cup lukewarm water.
Sponge the area with the detergent solution. Blot again
with a clean white cloth.
Mix 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup lukewarm water.
Sponge the area with the vinegar solution. Blot with
a clean white cloth.
Sponge the area with clean water. Blot with a clean
Cleaning Tip #5: Pet Urine
Soak up excess moisture with a white rag or paper towels.
Blot on a solution of 1/4 tsp. Mild liquid laundry detergent
and 1 cup warm water. Repeat until there is no more
stain transferring to a towel or rag.
Blot with a solution of 2 tbsp. Ammonia and 1 cup water.
Rinse with warm water. Repeat. Blot dry.
Blot the area with a solution of 1 cup white vinegar
and 2 cups water.
Cover with several layers of paper towels weighed down
with a heavy non-fading object. Continue changing paper
towels until the carpet is dry.