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    The Fundamentals of Carpet Extraction: Proper Carpet Care Starts With Vacuuming

    Last updated 1 day 8 hours ago

    Originally Posted on http://www.cleanlink.com

    By Kassandra Kania

    Proper carpet care, especially extraction, is essential to their longevity — but the

    Deep cleaning carpets can be expensive and time-consuming carpet care practice — not to mention hit or miss when factoring in the potential for over-saturation and improper use of carpet chemicals. Unlike hard flooring, carpet fibers absorb liquid, making them prone to stains and permanent damage that can shorten a carpet’s lifespan.

    Proper carpet care, especially extraction, is essential to their longevity — but the wrong methods can have the opposite effect, leaving them lackluster and turning them into dirt magnets. Fortunately, custodians can take simple steps to prepare carpets for extraction, as well as boost the extraction process itself.

    Vacuums Suck It Up

    Considering about 80 percent of particulate in carpets is dry, the first principal of carpet care extraction is vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.

    “As far as we’re concerned, dry soil removal is the most important part of maintaining carpet,” says Tom Murphy, sales manager for RoVic Inc., Manchester, Conn.

    “The problem is most people don’t vacuum often enough.” To determine how often custodial workers should vacuum their carpets, Murphy recommends calculating the number of footfalls and the amount of traffic in the building.

    Dan Ott, co-owner of Facility Supply Systems Inc. in West Chicago, suggests that custodians vacuum carpets on a daily basis.

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    KASSANDRA KANIA is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, N.C

     

    Wintertime Presents Floor Cleaning Challenges

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Originally Posted on http://www.cleanlink.com

    By Ronnie Garrett

    On a blustery January day, a building service contractor, responsible for upkeep and maintenance at an office building in northern Wisconsin, spends hours shoveling and blowing snow away from building entrances. After clearing the snow, the BSC notices patches of ice and compacted snow remain in spots and decides an ice melt will be needed to mitigate the risks of slips-and-falls.The problem with these products, however, is that although they remove the ice and snow hazard, they also pose a hazard to facility floors if they are tracked in. So, what’s a BSC to do? The answer lies in developing a winter floor care program with damage prevention at its core, says Bill Griffin, owner of Cleaning Consultant Services Inc. of Seattle.“The more we can do to keep things from being tracked in, the easier our maintenance will be,” he says. “Too often, we let things go to heck then try to clean it up in the spring with remediation and restoration. But if we would just do more of the light-duty tasks, such as dust mopping and damp mopping, and had sufficient entrance matting we’d spend less time scrubbing, stripping and refinishing later on.”The elements of a preventative winter floor care program include entrance matting inside and out, increased frequencies for dust mopping and damp mopping, and regular use of floor neutralizers to remove build-up as it occurs.“If you have flooring that’s more sensitive to moisture such as carpeting, wood or bamboo floors, it’s even more critical to prevent moisture from getting tracked in,” Griffin says. “With other types of floors, you might lose your coating and shine, but on this flooring, moisture is very destructive and can even ruin the floor.”

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    Keep Your Extractor Tip Top With Richard Bodo

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Do you want to prolong the life of your extractor, while ensuring peak performance? Watch as Bo from Windsor explains how to get the most out of this essential piece of equipment with a couple of simple steps.

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    Proud to be part of a company that gives back!

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Colorado businesses have stepped up in big ways and small to assist the communities across Colorado impacted by the recent historic flooding. Now, as communities look toward recovery and rebuilding, German-based Kärcher, a global leader in cleaning technology with U.S headquarters in Denver, has donated 250 pressure washers to the clean up effort.

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    Come see us at ISSA 2013

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Come see us at booth 1257 during this year's ISSA trade show happening November 19-21. We will be demoing lots of exciting new equipment!

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