by Vickie Holland | Apr 09, 2019

Did you know that carpets are designed to specifically hide the dirt? Waiting until carpets look dirty to perform a deep cleaning (typically 12 to 18 months) can be too late to keep up with the heavy traffic, spills and soil load.  If the carpets are hiding the soil, can you imagine how much dirt and debris must be accumulated to make the carpets LOOK dirty?  Don’t wait until it is too late. By practicing these tips you can prolong the life of your carpet and minimize the frequency of labor intensive deep cleaning.


  1. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Soils can grind down carpet fibers with the equivalence of 120-grit sandpaper. Think of your building as the “box”. What is outside of this box that could potentially bring dirt inside? Routinely power washing the exteriors and sweeping the sidewalks will minimize dirt tracked inside. In winter months, sweeping up excess ice melt on the walkways and parking lots will help the carpet look its best.
  2. WIPE YOUR FEET According to a study for ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) 1,000 people entering a building over 20 days will track in an average of 24 pounds of soil. That’s a lot of dirt! Proper matting provides the first level of protection to your carpets by preventing soils from entering the building. Along with entrance matting, strategically placing mats in high traffic areas will maximize effectiveness. Check out our RCU On-the-Go video for more matting suggestions.
  3. SUCK IT UP The #1 method to minimize soil in your carpet is vacuuming. According to CRI (Carpet & Rug Institute), daily vacuuming of high traffic areas will remove 90% of the soil. Use a systematic approach and change your vacuum filter bag often. To increase productivity for large areas, consider a wide area vacuum which can cover nearly four times the span of a traditional vacuum. For information on proper vacuum maintenance check out a recent blog “Minimize Downtime: How to troubleshoot your vacuums”
  4. GET IN THE GROOVE…with periodic cleaning.It takes more than vacuuming to keep the carpets looking their best. Periodic cleaning, sometimes called interim cleaning, will prolong the need for deep cleaning (extracting) which is labor intensive and costly. Start with the high traffic areas and our favorite cleaner NSR. For more information check out this recent RCU On-the-Go featuring the iCapsol, a perfect addition to your carpet equipment fleet.
  5. PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON SPOTTING Cleaning spots effectively prolongs the life of your carpets. Be sure to take care of spots ASAP. The longer any spot stays on the carpet, the harder it becomes to remove. Start by identifying the origin of the spot or spill. This will be helpful in choosing the appropriate spotter.Work from the edges to the center so you don’t spread the spot. Rinsing the spot thoroughly to eliminate any chemical residue will help prevent the spot from resurfacing. Need more spotting tips and techniques? Attend an upcoming RCU class with hands on carpet cleaning training.
  6. MOST IMPORTANTLY… ESTABLISH A CARPET CLEANING PROGRAM The best programs include preventative measures, routine and periodic cleaning. Our Sales Team can help you determine the best processes for your building.

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