This article was originally published by CleanLink
By BJ Mandelstam
Effective carpet spotting begins with the preventative step of removing dry soil through vacuuming. Roughly 70 to 80 percent of dust, dirt and grime are tracked into a building from the outside. Implementing the recommended 10 to 15 feet of matting will greatly reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the building.
Besides walk-off matting, vacuuming is the single most effective and economical means of keeping carpet in commercial facilities clean. The majority of carpet soil, in fact, as high as 95 percent, is dry soil. Dry soil can be removed from carpet by following scheduled, routine vacuuming procedures.
If BSCs increase daily vacuuming frequency by as little as 5 to 10 percent, carpet would be cleaner than by performing additional carpet extractions. BSCs should concentrate their vacuuming efforts in entryways and high-traffic areas.
BJ Mandelstam is the founder and president of Cleaning Matters, a Denver-based custodial consulting practice. Previously, she was the owner of an award-winning contract cleaning company.