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    How is Carpet Constructed?

    Last updated 5 years ago

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    The look and performance of a particular carpet is determined by its construction, which may be loop, cut or combinations of the two. In corridors, lobbies, offices, classrooms, hotel rooms, patient care facilities and other public areas, loop piles of low, dense construction tend to retain their appearance and resiliency and, generally, provide a better surface for the rolling traffic of wheel chairs or food carts. Cut pile or cut and loop pile carpet are very good choices for administration areas, libraries, individual offices and boardrooms.

    Various types of high performance backing systems have additional advantages, including higher tuft binds, added stability, imperviousness to moisture and resistance to edge raveling. Consideration should be given to the functional needs of a particular area.

    Understanding carpet construction assists in specifying elements that will provide the best performance in a particular location. Commercial carpet is primarily manufactured by tufting or weaving. Each process will produce quality floor coverings, but tufted carpet accounts for 95 percent of all carpet construction. Both tufting and woven manufacturing are efficient and employ advanced technologically to provide capability for a myriad of patterns and floor covering.

    Tufted: Tufting is the process of creating textiles, especially carpet, on specialized multi-needle sewing machines. Several hundred needles stitch hundreds of rows of pile yarn tufts through a backing fabric called the primary backing. The needles push yarn through a primary backing fabric, where a loop holds the yarn in place to form a tuft as the needle is removed. The yarn is caught by loopers and held in place for loop-pile carpet or cut by blades for cut-pile carpet. Next, secondary backings of various types are applied to render a variety of performance properties.

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    Learning The Best Way To Clean Floors

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Originally Posted by CMM Online

    Clean and clear are attributes that people are attracted to in all facets of everyday life, and especially so when it comes to commercial floors.

    While a clean floor’s sparkle and shine create a good first impression every time, scuffed, dirty and cloudy floors often give customers and clients an immediate impression of unclean and unsafe.

    That said proper hard floor care is about more than simply appearance; learning the best ways to clean floors can actually protect flooring and prevent daily damage.

    Today, cleaning methods, machines and maintenance are all essential parts of a high-performance hard floor care program.

    The Best Way To Clean Floors Tip #1 — Clean It Green

    Some of the most significant “green” advances in the professional cleaning industry have involved cleaning equipment . . .

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    Phillip Lawless is Editor of Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine; he can be reached at A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lawless has over 13 years of professional writing and editing experience.

    Introducing the Chariot 3 iExtract 26 DUO: The Next Generation of Stand-On Extraction!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    The Chariot 3 iExtract 26 DUO was developed from our years of experience as the innovators of the stand-on cleaning segment. No other manufacturer comes close to the depth of our line of stand-on cleaning machines. This machine brings our interim and extraction cleaning technology to our third generation Chariot platform.

    Click here to visit the Chariot 3 iExtract 26 DUO webpage

    DUO Interim and Deep Extraction Cleaning Technology

    • DUO cleaning technology provides productive interim & deep extraction cleaning in one machine
    • Gravity-fed solution system for lower maintenance and operating cost
    • EcoMode optimizes productivity by lengthening run times between recharging and refilling
    • Dual floating counter-rotating brushes remove more soil from the carpet in one pass
    • Hygienic and durable tank-in-tank design

    Cost Savings

    • Interim cleaning process extends the time between scheduled deep extractions saving you time & money
    • Clear, simple, operator interface


    • Quiet operation for daytime cleaning
    • On-board charger available with AGM or wet-cell batteries
    • Optional battery exchange package increases productivity and decreases down-time

    We will start shipping machines at the end of this month. Please contact your local Windsor Rep for more details.

    A Guide To Environmental Cleaning

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning products does not necessarily equate to a green policy, your staff needs to be properly trained as well.

    Traditional commercial cleaning products are very important for professional and domestic cleaners, allowing firms to complete jobs at a high standard and as cost effectively as possible.

    Some cleaning agents are better for the environment than others, reducing the impact on local ecosystems and the health concerns of your staff.

    A green cleaning policy can help your business reduce its environmental impact and allow your team to develop safer, more effective ways of working.

    By reducing the number of toxic chemicals from your purchasing list, you can create a healthier environment, both internally and externally, reducing pollution and health risks for the staff.

    However, buying environmentally-friendly cleaning products doesn’t necessarily equate to a green policy — you must also train your staff to carry out cleaning jobs effectively, minimizing wastage and misuse and ensuring that environmental benefits occur in the longer term.

    The Benefits Of Using Green Products

    Some conventional cleaning products can include volatile agents which may be damaging when released into the atmosphere or rinsed down the drain into water systems.

    Less hazardous cleaning products have positive environmental attributes in terms of their biodegradability, toxicity, low volatile organic compound (VOC) content and packaging requirements.

    This improves indoor air quality, reduces water and air pollution and ensures the effectiveness of cleaning in removing contaminants from the building’s interior.

    Some cleaning ingredients can also cause skin and respiratory irritation or chemical burns if not handled with care.

    By developing environmentally-friendly processes and purchasing strategies, you can ensure that the products you use are environmentally friendly and will not negatively impact the health of your staff.

    Less Environmentally Friendly Ingredients

    When buying cleaning products, check the bottle ingredients and try to reduce the use of the following compounds and use more environmentally-friendly alternatives, where possible:

    • Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) are added to some laundry detergents, disinfectants and citrus cleaners/degreasers; these compounds can be difficult to break down and can harm the reproductive processes of fish and other water species.
    • “Danger,” “Poison” and “Corrosive” cleaners should be minimized as they are likely to be poor for the environment and can cause health problems if mismanaged.
    • Ozone-depleting compounds as listed in the Clean Air Act regulations or regulated hazardous materials.
    • Petroleum-based cleaning products can increase our dependence on imported oil. However, a non-toxic petroleum degreaser is better for the environment than a toxic and polluting phosphate detergent, for example.

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    Scott Harris is the director of Click Cleaning, providers of cleaning supplies. Click Cleaning supplies a number of environmentally friendly cleaning products and a range of equipment for commercial and domestic use. Some of Click Cleaning’s most popular products include Jeyes Fluid and Numatic vacuum cleaners among environmental products such as Ecover. Please contact Click Cleaning at (845) 680-1955 or for more information.


    Cleaning Tip of the Month: PDIR—D is for Daily

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Following Windsor’s PDIR cleaning process will save you time and money. Not only is this method of cleaning more economical, it is also more green. This issue of Cleaning Tip of the Month continues the PDIR series we started in April. This month we focus on the daily aspects of cleaning. Remember PDIR stands for the Preventative, Daily, Interim, and Restorative cleaning processes.

    Why daily cleaning?

    The goal of daily cleaning is to remove soils on a daily basis to minimize damage to your floors. When you maintain carpet and hard floor surfaces on a daily basis you extend their useful life and you also maintain the overall value of your facility. Daily cleaning also creates a clean appearance of your building, minimizing health risks and satisfying both your visitors
    and employees.

    What is daily cleaning?

    Vacuuming, scrubbing, and spotting are the components of daily cleaning. Spotting is necessary on

    a daily basis because quickly addressing a spot will minimize the chances of a permanent stain.

    What equipment is required for daily cleaning?

    For hard floor vacuuming in smaller areas use a canister vac, for larger areas a stand-on vacuum will minimize working time. On carpeted floor surfaces, use an upright vacuum. These vacuums are perfect to not only get the dirt out from deep in the fibers, but they will also refresh the look of the carpet by lifting the pile. For bigger areas, a wide-area or stand-on vacuum will increase your productivity. For daily scrubbing of hard floors use an automatic scrubber. Depending on the size of the area there are different machine sizes available to do the job. For spotting use a small carpet spotter, a small spray-extraction machine, or manual spotting tools. Most facilities have vacuums, scrubbers, and spotters so usually no additional equipment is needed.

    Vacuuming requires no chemicals. When scrubbing, spotting, and surface cleaning you will often need matching detergents depending on the area that needs to be treated.

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