Summer Carpet Care Tips

With June comes the official start of summer, and for many, a very busy cleaning season. Whether you’re an educational facility cleaning and preparing for a new school year or an office building that’s busy year round, we have some carpet care tips to keep in mind this season.


Watch Your Water Usage

In many areas, warmer weather brings dampness and humidity. If your facility does not have air conditioning or has limited airflow, wet carpets can spell mold and unpleasant odors. That’s why it’s important to be conscious of your carpet cleaning methods and dry times during the summer.

Low moisture encapsulation cleaning with our Smart Care® Systems reduces dry times, typically to 30 minutes or less. See how Whittaker helped Sunshine Cleaning Systems, Inc. with limited ventilation in airport jet bridges.

It also prevents wicking due to over-wetting, which is when water reaches soils at the bottom of carpet fibers or carpet backing and dries, lifting the soils to the visible tips of the carpet fibers.

You may also be concerned with water conservation in the summer months, especially if you work in a dry climate that can experience water shortages. The Smart Care® system uses 3 to 12 times less water than traditional hot water extraction units, while still keeping your carpets clean and looking their best.


Prevent Future Stains

If summer is a quieter time for your clients or facility, it’s the perfect time to work on preventing future stains.

Crystal® Stain Block is our safe, easy-to-use stain resist additive that is used in conjunction with Crystal Dry® Extra carpet cleaning solution. This additive protects carpets from staining caused by red-dyes, food additives, fruit juices, wines, and other liquids that can cause spots or stains. It even withstands frequent vacuuming, so your carpet is protected for longer.

If you have any questions about your Whittaker Smart Care® machine or Crystal® chemistry, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (800) 422-7686 or send us an email at

Learn more about saving water with Whittaker in our water conservation infographic.


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