Monthly Archives: April, 2016

It used to be that people hung their carpets and rugs outside and beat them to get them clean.

Now we give them a beating without meaning to, in stepping on them, dragging furniture across them, spilling food and other substances on them. And we no longer drag them outside to get the dirt off.

This means that the carpets in your business, school, or commercial site must be cleaned in place – to maintain appearance, give them a longer lifespan and help your company put its best foot forward when customers step inside.

Man treating carpet with commercial cleaning chemicals to help remove stains in carpet

Man treating carpet with commercial cleaning chemicals to help remove stains in carpet

Since cleaning the carpet or rug almost always involves some type of water, getting it dried out, according to the experts, is as important as cleaning it.

An article on cleanlink.com. citing John Poole, a consultant with the American Institute of Cleaning Service in Atlanta, Ga., discusses problems associated with leaving carpets wet – in particular, the occurrence of mold and mildew. Many steps go into cleaning a carpet or rug, including knowledge of the carpet’s fibers – what it’s made of and how it’s made – to know what type of chemical to use on it – and what type of chemicals will damage it.

Puzzled? Contact a professional cleaning company in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale to help you understand the many variables associated with cleaning carpets. Do you use hot water to extract soil and dirt? Or a low-moisture method, such as encapsulation, to maintain the carpet?

Some experts recommend extracting the most moisture you can using a machine recommended by the Carpet and Rug Institute – having the CRI Seal of Approval means the machine has been designed and built to extract most of the moisture from the rug or carpet.

The best way to dry carpets is to circulate air. Open the windows, if the outside air is dryer than the inside air. Or turn on the fans. Air-conditioning, in particular, works to dry carpets because it is built to pull moisture out of the air. Depending on how much air is circulating, carpets should dry within a few hours, up to 12 to 24 hours.

Don’t tackle the problem yourself if you are unsure. Mind your business and let a professional cleaning company mind your carpets – an expert cleaner will know what to use, how to use it and how to bring the color and texture on those carpets back to their original brightness!

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Your business lobby or foyer is the first thing that greets potential customers and existing clients – a shiny floor surface is the best reflection on your company. Keep the floors dull and dirty and people might hand you a mop instead of a business card. Marble floors, in particular, need a special touch to maintain their sheen.

But first, what is marble? In geological terms, marble is described as a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is subjected to the heat and pressure of metamorphism. It is composed primarily of the mineral calcite and usually contains other minerals such as clay minerals, micas, quartz, pyrite, iron oxides and graphite.  Marble tiles show off a beauty with their unique surface swirls, giving a room a rich and important look. They are also sensitive to acidic solutions that could etch their surface and take away their appeal.

Young Man With Cleaning Equipment on Office Building  Marble Floor

Young Man With Cleaning Equipment on Office Building Marble Floor

When it comes to cleaning marble surfaces, businesses in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami areas should be careful and heed the following tips:

  • According to howtocleanmarble.org, a clean dust mop type sweeper should be used to remove dirt and debris that tracks indoors on shoes and by the wind and elements when the doors are open. All of this grit over time dulls the floors.
  • Man-made cleaners made for ceramic will not do the trick when it comes to cleaning marble floors – these will dull, stain and even damage the floors. Even vinegar and water will scratch the surface over time. Cleaners that are concentrated with a neutral pH and acid-free should be used, advise the experts. If you don’t have a neutral pH cleaner, mop floors with warm water and then dry them with a clean, untreated soft cloth for a shiny finish.
  • Scouring powders, creams or alkaline products will scratch the marble floor’s surface because of their abrasive qualities – never use them.
  • Like plants? Place matting, felt or non-abrasive barrier between these and floors – the same with light fixtures and other furniture.
  • Don’t vacuum marble floors, advises howtocleanmarble.org. The wheels, hose and nozzle will scratch the surface.

Have more questions? Consult a professional cleaning company familiar with the needs of businesses in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami areas, who can assess the conditions of your floors, whether these are marble, granite or tile, and tell you the best way to get them to gleam. Your floors are there to stand out – and to stand on. Make sure that, both ways, they get you off on the right foot.

 

 

 

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