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Cleaning impervious backed Carpets in Health and Aged Care

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By Brian Clark

Nylon fiber carpeting with an impervious or vinyl backing are the floor covering of choice for many health and aged care facilities. This style of carpeting is available in sheet form or as modular tiles and has an attractive appearance and long wearing capabilities. The impervious backing makes them less prone to damage and odor from liquid spills including water, drinks and urine.

Flotex, Interface, Esco, Ontera, Collins & Aitken and Feltex are common brand names. As a cleaning manager or contractor in a facility it is important that you choose the correct equipment to maintain the floorcovering to a high standard. It is the cost of the labor, not the cost of equipment, which determines the cost of your maintenance program. Incorrect equipment choices can double or even triple your cleaning costs for an average result. This is especially important when it comes to vacuuming. This style of carpet is not like traditional carpeting materials and it is a specialist application. Firstly, it has an impermeable backing and very low pile height. Sufficient airflow does not pass through the pile when vacuuming with a standard vacuum cleaner and much of the dirt is left to accumulate in the carpet. Agitation is required to dislodge the soil from the base of the pile and to position it in the airflow of the machine for quick removal. Secondly, vacuuming without a power head does not effectively remove lint, which is so prevalent in Health and Aged care facilities. Cleaners naturally want to leave the area that they cleaned looking great. It is not uncommon to find that they have vacuumed the area in 3 minutes and have spent much of the next 20minutes on their hands and knees picking lint and human hair off the carpet! The only way that the dirt can be effectively removed is with an electric power head, combined with powerful airflow. A suitable upright will remove the ingrained soil and the ever-present surface lint in a single pass – saving you valuable time in detail cleaning. It is important that you choose a quality commercial upright vacuum, fitted with appropriate filtration.

Nylon fiber carpeting with an impervious or vinyl backing are the floor covering of choice for many health and aged care facilities. This style of carpeting is available in sheet form or as modular tiles and has an attractive appearance and long wearing capabilities. The impervious backing makes them less prone to damage and odor from liquid spills including water, drinks and urine.

Flotex, Interface, Esco, Ontera, Collins & Aitken and Feltex are common brand names. As a cleaning manager or contractor in a facility it is important that you choose the correct equipment to maintain the floorcovering to a high standard. It is the cost of the labor, not the cost of equipment, which determines the cost of your maintenance program. Incorrect equipment choices can double or even triple your cleaning costs for an average result. This is especially important when it comes to vacuuming. This style of carpet is not like traditional carpeting materials and it is a specialist application. Firstly, it has an impermeable backing and very low pile height. Sufficient airflow does not pass through the pile when vacuuming with a standard vacuum cleaner and much of the dirt is left to accumulate in the carpet. Agitation is required to dislodge the soil from the base of the pile and to position it in the airflow of the machine for quick removal. Secondly, vacuuming without a power head does not effectively remove lint, which is so prevalent in Health and Aged care facilities. Cleaners naturally want to leave the area that they cleaned looking great. It is not uncommon to find that they have vacuumed the area in 3 minutes and have spent much of the next 20minutes on their hands and knees picking lint and human hair off the carpet! The only way that the dirt can be effectively removed is with an electric power head, combined with powerful airflow. A suitable upright will remove the ingrained soil and the ever-present surface lint in a single pass – saving you valuable time in detail cleaning. It is important that you choose a quality commercial upright vacuum, fitted with appropriate filtration.

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Brian has over 20 years experience in practical applications with commercial cleaning equipment .He has worked as a technical advisor for Australian Standard 3733:1995 and is the General Manager of the National Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning Association (NUCCA) of Australia. If you have cleaning problems or require information on training he can be contacted via his website www.cleaningconsultant.com.au.

 

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