Your carpet can be one of your company's most expensive, and most abused, assets. Protecting that asset can not only save you money in the long run, but also says a lot about the character of your organization. At Whittaker, we believe that your carpet should always look its best.
The Whittaker Comprehensive "Planned" Approach identifies the total program of maintenance for the proper care of any facility's carpet. Our integrated, four-step process prevents the buildup of sticky chemical residues and soil, protecting the color and appearance of expensive, carefully chosen carpets.
The following is a comprehensive carpet maintenance program that Whittaker has cultivated over 50 years of industry experience. Following these steps will ensure that you save time, save money, and that your carpets always look their best.
Preventative maintenance is the least costly yet most important and effective means to protect carpet appearance. Since 80% of soil is tracked-in on the feet of building visitors and occupants, the goal at this level is to reduce the amount of soil that actually contacts the carpet to limit its accumulation. Components include:
Frequent vacuuming of high-traffic areas will remove 80-90% of dry soil accumulation. Choose a commercial-grade backpack, canister, or upright vacuum meeting the certification criteria of the Carpet & Rug Institute. High-filtration vacuum systems have been proven to have longer life cycles and increased effectiveness, while containing dust better during daily vacuuming cycles. Check your filter bag daily. Assemble a spotting and stain-removal kit for the immediate cleaning of spills and tracked-on discoloration resulting from oil, grease, wax, beverages, and other foreign substances. It's best to treat potential staining spots before they have time to dry, so daily visual inspection by members of the vacuum crew is recommended. Ideal solutions for daily stain-removal needs are the Carpet Roamer® Spotting Tool and Crystal® spot cleaning agents from Whittaker.
At Whittaker, we have discovered that the most effective, cost-efficient, and safest way to maintain incredible carpet appearance is with low moisture encapsulation interim cleaning. This is the typical scenario in a facility that uses no interim maintenance and hot water deep extraction quarterly:
Compare this to the result of implementing monthly interim maintenance with the Whittaker Smart Care® system:
By reducing hot water extraction to once per year with monthly Whittaker treatments, you will maintain your carpet appearance at less cost while extending the life of your carpet!
The goal of Interim Maintenance is to keep the carpet clean and maintain a consistent appearance level at the lowest possible cost. The primary focus is frequent low-moisture pile lifting and the removal of sticky residues that would otherwise trap soil in the carpet fibers.
The Whittaker Smart Care® system is the next-generation approach to effective Interim Maintenance and involves three simple steps:
This level of cleaning should only be performed on an annual basis, except in special cases such as poor scheduling of interim maintenance, flooding, or otherwise extraordinary conditions.
Only pure water should be used unless other types of chemicals have been allowed to accumulate. In this case, we recommend the application of CRYSTAL EXTRACT® encapsulating pre-spray or CRYSTAL® QUICK RESTORE™ as a pre-spray prior to hot-water extraction. For best results, agitate the pre-spray with a Whittaker Smart Care® machine to increase cleaning effectiveness by lifting and opening the pile.