This article was originally published by CleanLink
When cleaning frequencies are reduced, target high-traffic areas
By Kassandra Kania
The sting of the recession may be waning, but building owners, facility managers and housekeeping departments continue to slash spending across the board — and carpet cleaning is no exception. Vacuuming, interim maintenance, and deep cleaning extractions are being performed less often, and in some cases skipped altogether to save money.
Reducing the frequency of carpet maintenance and cleanings can have a negative impact on the life of carpeting, say distributors. But on the flipside, making the right cutbacks can help preserve carpet life. It all depends on what type of carpet cleaning program end users implement and what areas of the carpet they choose to focus on.
“Cutbacks will have a negative impact on carpet life if all you do is cut back on everything,” says John Downey, a representative of IICRC, headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., and president of Downey’s Carpet Care, Granville, Ohio. “More soil will build up, especially soil that’s tracked onto carpets because it tends to be abrasive and cause damage to the fibers.”
Downey recommends a strategic cleaning program focused on areas of the carpet that receive the bulk of the dirt.