Industrial Carpet Cleaning

Industrial carpet cleaning isn’t quite as exclusive as it may sound; you don’t need a factory completely covered in carpet for the service to be relevant to you. Indeed, it is often referred to simply as commercial carpet cleaning, and both of these terms refer simply to cleaning carpets in a business setting. Just like your carpets at home, carpets in your workplace need to be cleaned regularly in order to stay not only visually appealing, but in good working order. A carpet that is clean regularly will not need to be replaced as quickly as one that is not.

Why Can’t I Just Hoover It?

The difference between cleaning a carpet at home and one in a commercial setting is, generally speaking, that the former gets used considerably more heavily. Think, for a minute, of how quickly your carpet at home gets dirty and starts to look a bit ragged if you don’t clean it; about a week? Maybe two? Now consider how many people walk on it, how often, and whether or not shoes. Now consider how much wear, tear and dirty a hotel lobby carpet is exposed to in comparison to one in your home – it will be subjected to hundreds of feet, with shoes on, every single day. It is no surprise, then, that a normal vacuum cleaner isn’t enough to keep it clean.

How is Industrial Carpet Cleaning Different?

Industrial carpet cleaning differs from home carpet cleaning in that it uses heavy duty equipment, which not only cleans the carpet more efficiently, but also ensures that it stays clean and in good condition for longer. There are several methods of industrial carpet cleaning, and these include:

  • Steam Cleaning – This is where steam is applied to extract dirt from the carpet, following a series of treatments including preconditioning with an alkaline agent, distressing with a grooming brush, and being left to act on the dirt.
  • Dry Cleaning – This method relies on specialised equipment which uses far less water than other methods, particularly steam cleaning. The advantage of this method is that the drying time is far lower than other solutions.
  • Shampoo – Shampoo was the preferred method for much of the 20th century, before the emergence of other methods, and consists of a carpet shampoo being applied through use of a rotary machine, which was is followed by wet vacuuming. This method is possibly the least effective, and has been largely abandoned.
  • Encapsulation – Through new scientific discoveries, this new method of industrial carpet cleaning emerged in the late 20th century. At its core lies the use of polymers, which crystalize soil and dirt into dry residue, which can then be easily removed with a hoover. While a comparably new industrial carpet cleaning method, it has become popular very quickly and has growing support.

Depending on the size of your commercial venue, some of these methods can be done in-house without high training requirements (encapsulation is particularly good in this sense). However, always ensure that the person in charge of the operation – whether an external professional or internal employee – knows what they are doing.