Carpet cleaning

Clean Talk with Rose
By Rose Galera, CEH
Hawaii Hospitality Magazine, Sept/Oct 2012

Dear Rose,
Carpet cleaning is a challenge that I’m faced with at my hotel. Please share some information or advice on carpet cleaning processes. Also, please explain what encapsulation is. Thank you,

Aloha Matt,
Indoor cleaning quality is often related to dirty carpets and can be solved through cleaning, maintenance and restoration programs. Carpets will attract all kinds of particulate matter. The cure includes frequent and daily use of a top grade vacuum cleaner on high traffic areas. Shampooing carpets quarterly, semi-annually or as needed is recommended. Three distinct cleaning stages for carpets include:

1. Routine cleaning: spot and spillage maintenance – vacuuming, carpet spotting

2. Interim cleaning: frequent maintenance of heavy traffic areas – vacuuming, periodic pile lifting, carpet shampooing processes, encapsulation process; and cleaning of entire carpeted areas – movement of furnishings, vacuuming, carpet shampooing processes

3. Restorative cleaning: carpet cleaning methods or systems – absorbent compound (powder or solvent), rotary bonnet, dry foam shampoo, hot water extraction

This does not limit other methods or the combination of methods.

Encapsulation technology is a method of carpet cleaning becoming popular in commercial carpet maintenance. It should be an interim maintenance method and be followed periodically with a thorough hot water extraction system. The encapsulating chemical (a liquid cleaning agent) is sprayed on and then brushed into the carpet using a rotary brush machine or bonnet. The encapsulation chemistry surrounds each soil particle and crystallizes it so it can’t attract other soils. The encapsulated soil particles are removed by vacuuming done at regularly scheduled times. Carpets can be put back into use promptly since it is a low moisture system.

In addition, preventive maintenance, such as using walk-off mats at entrances and daily vacuuming of heavy traffic areas, can prevent dirt and soil deposits on carpets, improving carpet appearance and durability.

With the information provided above, plan today for your facility’s carpet cleaning programs.

Happy cleaning,
Rose Galera, CEH

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