Maintaining Your Carpet

The key to a Planned Maintenance Program. Work with these items when organizing your ongoing maintenance program. Selecting the best cleaning system and cleaning frequency to maintain your carpet.


WALK OFF MATS – Placement of mats at all entrances and service elevators.

SCHEDULED VACUUMING – 80% of all soil tracked into a facility is dry.

FREQUENT SPOTTING – Use good spotting products for daily spotting.

PRE-SPRAYING – Use a prespray prior to extracting to loosen traffic soils

INTERIM CLEANING – Use interim cleaning when carpet fibers become slightly soiled. Interim Cleaning can be explained as in in between, or a quick surface cleaning that will minimize the down time of a carpet. This cleaning is designed to keep a carpet looking cleaner for a longer period of time. It must be remembered that interim cleaning is not a replacement for major or restorative cleaning.


Prevents permanent fiber damage from embedded soils.These cleaning procedures will achieve a thorough cleaning that is essential to the long term life of a carpet. The frequency will be determined by the amount of soiling the area is subjected to and whether interim cleaning is being performed on a regular basis.

Restorative Cleaning Options

  • Hot Water Extraction or Steam Carpet Cleaning (Most Popular)
  • Rotary Shampoo
  • Dual Process (Rotary Shampoo + Steam Cleaning)

CARPET TREATMENT – Makes vacuuming and cleaning carpet more efficient

CLEAN EQUIPMENT – Prevents machine repairs and improper cleaning

The main goal of any maintenance program is to be protective and preventive rather than curative. A well monitored program will be able to accomplish this as long as the proper maintenance procedures are performed at the appropriate intervals.

The frequency of the procedures will be determined by the amount of foot traffic entering the building. Other factors to be considered are weather conditions and the amount or lack of landscaping around the building.

When setting up a new program, a certain amount of consideration should be given to the outside areas around the entrances to the building. Periodic cleaning of outside stairwells and side walks will reduce the amount of soil from entering the building.

The cleaning of soils can be achieved by following 5 basic steps.
Dry Soil Removal It cannot be overstated how important vacuuming is to extending the life of a carpet. It also improves the overall appearance and will improve indoor air quality as long as the proper filtration is used.
Soil Suspension This is probably the main component for successful cleaning. This process involves separating the soil from the fiber so that it can be easily removed
Soil Removal This is the removal of the cleaning solution along with the suspended soils which should leave the fiber fresh, clean and residue free. The rinsing process can take place before the fiber has a chance to dry as in hot water extraction or the soils can be absorbed into pads used for boonet or spin pad cleaning. The soils can also be extracted after drying as in dry powders or shampoo, which must be vacuumed after they dry.
Grooming Nylon and wool fibers should always be groomed after wet cleaning and prior to drying, this will remove any wand marks or swirls from rotary machines. These fibers will take a water set making it impossible to remove these nap shadings.
Drying This must be done as quickly as possible so as to avoid resoiling, mildew and odors. The drying time can be shortened by using air movers and ventilation.

Dry Soil Removal

Identifying vacumming frequency requirements
Primary Areas Areas of more foot traffic should be vacuumed daily
Secondary Areas Areas of less foot traffic should be vacuumed at least weekly


Dry Soil Removal Equipment
Beating Machine
Corn broom and handled dust pan
Mechanical hand sweeper
Upright vacuum with a beater bar brush or brush
Canister vacuum with attachments
Pile lifter


5 Main reasons why dry soil removal is so important

  1. Can improve indoor air quality as long as the proper filtration is used.
  2. It will reduce the wear and tear on the carpet fiber
  3. It will stop resoiling.
  4. Will make the cleaning solutions more effective.
  5. Improves the appearance.

With all of the emphasis being put on indoor air quality, it is extremely important that we remove as much dry soil as possible. The vacuums used, whether they are uprights, canisters or pile lifters mush have the proper filtration or the bulk of the soils will be redistributed back into the air. These redistributed soils will cause a decrease to the indoor air quality.

Frequent vacuuming prevents these dry soils from working down to the base of the fiber where they can cause a great deal of damage. These deeply embedded soils can also cause resoiling after wet cleaning.

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