By Kassandra Kania
There’s no question that the economy is having an impact on the budgets of cleaning departments and facility managers. When end users need to cut back on carpet care costs, distributors can implement strategies that reduce the need for expensive deep-cleaning extractions.
When looking to save money on carpet care, distributors agree that one area where customers can’t afford to cut back is vacuuming.
“The first line of defense for longevity of your carpet and to maintain a clean carpet is a good vacuum program,” says Belinda Jefferson, president of Hercules and Hercules Inc., in Detroit. “That’s one area where you don’t want to reduce frequencies.”
Frequent vacuuming can prolong the time between more expensive extractions, says Keith Schneringer, marketing manager for WAXIE Sanitary Supply in San Diego.
As a rule of thumb, heavy traffic areas should be vacuumed at least once a day, Jefferson says, while other areas can be vacuumed every other day.
A good vacuum program also outfits custodians with the right equipment.
“As a distributor, you need to ensure the tools you’re providing people with are as effective and efficient as possible,” says John Downey, a representative of IICRC, headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., and president of Downey’s Carpet Care, Granville, Ohio.
A vacuum cleaner with good lift and HEPA filtration is essential so that you don’t reintroduce dust to another area, says Jefferson. And a good interior and exterior matting program can also help to prevent the spread of debris.
“Customers that have made these changes have reduced their overall costs in terms of carpet care for extractions and hard surface care,” says Jefferson. “When you stop debris at the door, you’re not diminishing the integrity of the floor finishes beyond the door.”
Kassandra Kania is a freelancer based in Charlotte, N.C. She is a frequent contributor to Sanitary Maintenance.