The Most Common Carpet Equipment Mistakes
Professional cleaners in educational environments oversee numerous cleaning tasks, from surface disinfection to floor refinishing to window washing to carpet care. Many buildings across school campuses have carpet in place to enhance acoustics, trap indoor air contaminants and provide comfort. Schools expect that their custodial teams will help them maintain their carpet, so its color, shine and texture remain in like-new condition. .
Schools use equipment like vacuums and carpet cleaning machines to remove soils, address stains and even deep clean. Unfortunately, there are several common mistakes that can occur when dealing with carpet equipment. Read on to learn more so your cleaning teams can successfully execute carpet care.
Carpet Equipment Mistakes to Avoid
The right equipment can make all the difference in how efficient, effective, safe, and sustainable your carpet care process is. It is important to carefully vet carpet care equipment before purchasing so that you do not make the following mistakes:
- Using equipment that can void carpet warranties – Carpet is often a substantial investment for educational institutions, so facility managers expect carpet to last for many years in order to recoup the upfront costs of purchasing broadloom carpet or carpet tiles and installing it. While maintenance certainly helps to extend the lifespan of carpet, the use of certain strategies can void the carpet warranty. These methods may include rotary brush and spin bonnet machines.
Schools should review their carpet warranties and be sure that the equipment their cleaning professionals will be using in these facilities will not impact this protection. Look for equipment that will lift carpet pile and agitate solution into the fibers without damaging it. Carpet cleaning machines should also not oversaturate the carpet with water and cleaning solution, as improper drying can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. If broadloom carpet is in place, moisture issues could require all of the carpet to be replaced.
- Forgetting to consider sustainability – The U.S. Department of Energy reports that commercial buildings account for 18.7% of energy usage, 40% of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emissions, and 88% of potable water consumption in the United States. Making buildings greener puts less strain on the planet while also creating healthier spaces for students, teachers, other staff members, and visitors. Unfortunately, carpet care can be a resource-intensive process if you do not approach it carefully. Avoid equipment that will use large volumes of water. You can opt for low-moisture encapsulation systems that use up to twelve times less water compared to certain offerings on the market.
It is also essential to invest in high-quality chemistry, as some chemistry will leave sticky residues behind. This will attract dirt more quickly and then require you to perform carpet care more frequently, which then drives up resource consumption. The low-moisture approach is ideal because it encapsulates both dry and wet soils into a crystalline structure that is easily removed through vacuuming.
- Failing to conduct hands-on training – – Today, schools are under increasing pressure to maintain clean environments. At the same time, many cleaning departments are continually dealing with recruitment and retention challenges. Frequent turnover can impact cleaning results, so it is important to first select carpet care equipment that is easy to use and to then conduct hands-on training that enables employees to test out the tools and receive constructive feedback. When employees feel confident about how to use equipment, they will be more likely to use it and to properly care for it. Plus, quality equipment and an investment in training can support retention
- Neglecting the impact on indoor air quality – There is increasing scrutiny around indoor air quality (IAQ). People want to know that the air they are breathing in indoor settings is healthy and safe. It should be free of particles that can aggravate asthma and allergies, as well as airborne pathogens. When looking at carpet care equipment, determine what impact it might have on IAQ. Vacuums with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration will effectively capture small particles and avoid releasing them back into the air. To be considered HEPA, the vacuum filter or bag must retain 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold and bacteria as small as 0.3 microns.
Worry-free Carpet Care
School cleaning departments are continuously juggling obstacles like recruitment, retention, and shifting public perceptions around cleanliness. Carpet care is just one of many responsibilities that custodians must oversee in campus buildings. Thus, it is necessary for carpet care to be efficient without sacrificing performance as well as cost effective without impacting the warranty or lifespan of carpet.
Selecting the right equipment takes time and careful consideration to avoid mistakes that can have a negative long-term impact on your educational institution. Having awareness of the above carpet care equipment lapses can help you set your carpet care strategy up for success.
Whittaker’s Smart Care® low-moisture encapsulation machines are easy to use. Our CRYSTAL® Chemistry line includes a variety of daily spotting, interim cleaning, and deep cleaning solutions. To learn more, contact the Whittaker sales team at 800.422.7686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.