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Carpet Crash Course – Cleaning Guide

There are several methods to clean your carpet tiles. It is advisable to create and follow a maintenance schedule for your tiles to ensure they are in optimum condition and staying stunning on your floor, whether the tiles are for a business or domestic space.

We recommend that you carefully check the manufacturer’s instructions with regards to different chemicals having different reactions depending on tile material. Please check which cleaning methods are suitable for different tile and backing types before proceeding.

1. VACUUM

If we have specified that your new tiles need a good vacuum when laid, then you will need a decent vacuum cleaner. After all, a good vacuum cleaner means a happy carpet! An old, wheezing vacuum or one with a full dust bag will obviously not do the job as well as a new or well-maintained machine.

The cleaner should have a minimum under pressure of 160millibars – this is actually more important than a high electric power (wattage indicated on the vacuum). You can find out the under pressure of your vacuum in its technical specifications. Upright vacuum cleaners and those with revolving brushes are best to dislodge ingrained dirt. You should also make sure you change your dust bag regularly to keep your carpet tiles well maintained. Make sure to vacuum your carpet tiles well before moving on to any other method of cleaning. Sometimes it’s all your carpet tiles will need!

2. POWDER CLEANING

Dry powder is a really common way of cleaning your carpet, and is suitable for synthetic low-pile carpets such as our carpet tiles. The dry powder has a cleaning agent inside it which binds dust and dirt. To use it, you simply sprinkle over the desired area, and brush it into the carpet. You generally leave it for a minimum of thirty minutes in order for the powder to absorb the dirt, before you extract it via vacuum cleaner. There is no sticky residue left in the carpet, and this leaves a very short drying period. It is important to thoroughly vacuum the carpet, as any powder still present will cause it to re-soil quickly.

Example Product: duoP Carpet Cleaning Powder

3. COVER CLEANING

(This method is best done by professional cleaners) A detergent solution is sprayed onto the carpet tile, and over a fabric cover until damp. The cover is then placed on a rotating flat brush and rubbed over the carpet surface; this combination of rubbing and detergent solution lifts out embedded dirt onto the cover, with the carpet drying very quickly and so creating minimal disruption.

Example Product: Vax aaa+ Carpet Cleaning Solution

4. SHAMPOOING

(This method is best done by professional cleaners) The carpet should be prepared by vacuuming, before applying the shampoo to the carpet. The carpet is brushed so the solution is applied evenly. Foam rises to the carpet surface, dislodging dirt. There is a long drying time, after which the carpet should be well vacuumed.

Example Product: Vanish Hand Shampoo

5. INJECTION/EXTRACTION

(This method is best done by professional cleaners) The carpet tiles are wet by water jets, in order to disrupt soil; the water may or may not be cold or contain detergent. The water is then vacuumed away, and the tiles left to dry. Ensuring the carpet tiles are not too wet is hugely important when doing this deep cleaning, as the tiles may become damaged.

Example Product: RugDoctor – rentable from most supermarkets and local stores!

Want to know more about spot cleaning and treating those smaller marks and stains, then download our spot cleaning guide.  Get it here.

 

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