CARPET CARE YOU CAN'T BEAT
The majority of soil in carpet is dry, insoluble, particulate matter. An analysis by Proctor and Gamble Laboratories of carpet soiling samples representing a cross-section from throughout the United States reveals the following data on soil in carpet:
Tracked-in, gritty particles make up approximately 55%. Animal fiber from people, pets and fabrics comprise about 12%. Another 12% is vegetable matter and fiber from fabrics, indoor plants, lawn tracings and paper products. These combines to account for 79% of the soil nestled in carpet fibers. This soil composition varies with geographic location and use of the facility.This dry soil is often abrasive and can harm carpet fibers if not removed. Under the weight and movement of foot traffic, these particulate soils can scratch and cut carpet fibers, dulling the appearance of the carpet. Abrasive soil is the major cause of carpet wear.
Today most carpet is installed wall to wall, and clotheslines are becoming
a thing of the past. We can't beat this particulate soil out of our
soft floor coverings, but we can vacuum it out. Frequent, thorough vacuuming
is the most important step in a carpet maintenance program. Routine
vacuuming enhances the appearance and prolongs the useful life of carpet
by lifting the fibers and removing harmful particulate soil.
The equipment is the first consideration for effective vacuuming. The
Institute of inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (HCRC),
Vancouver, Washington, the certifying body for professionals achieving
levels of proficiency in the cleaning, restoration, and inspection industry,
offers these tips on selecting a vacuum cleaner:
* Upright vacuum cleaners are generally more efficient than canister
Vacuuming is such a common chore that little thought is given to how it should be done. The IICRC provides these recommendations:
* With vacuuming, more is better. You cannot over vacuum a carpet.
Today's carpets are designed to hide soil, so soil is not always visible.
Studies conducted by Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company show that one square
foot of carpet can hold up to one pound of dirt and still appear clean.
Successful vacuuming requires time, proper technique, and effective equipment. However, even the most meticulous worker with the best vacuum cleaner cannot remove all the soil in carpet. A small percentage of the soil is oil-based. This oily residue bonds the particulate soil left from vacuuming to the carpet fibers and causes the appearance of dirty traffic patterns. Vacuuming is ineffective against this oily buildup. Removal requires the periodic service of a certified professional carpet cleaner.
This article has been provided by your local IICRC certified carpet
professional. For further information on proper care of your carpet,
call the carpet cleaning company displaying the IICRC logo on their
Web site, or call the IICRC Referral System at 1-800-8354624 for the
name of a certified cleaner in your area.