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.
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!