Best Way to Clean Commercial Grade Carpeting:
Here at Liberty Floor Solutions we are famous for our tile & grout cleaning. What most people are not aware of is that we are darn good carpet cleaners as well. Recently I had a DIY (Do It Yourself) call from a local guy who wanted to know what was the best way to clean his commercial grade carpeting. He wanted to DIY the project in hoping to save some money. I compliment him for taking the time to research the subject and I was honored that he respected my opinion enough to give me a call. He said that of all the websites he visited I was the only one that truly educated him and that is what motivated him to phone me for my help.
If you are not familiar with commercial grade carpeting it is different from your typical residential style carpet. First, the loops are much shorter and the backing is a type of rubber so that the floor can be glued to the floor. That's right you glue commercial grade carpet to the concrete floor or to the wood subfloor. You do not have a padding under the carpet. Second, all commercial grade carpeting is a nylon carpet whereas residential carpeting can be made from wool, nylon, or polyester. And finally it was designed for more foot traffic making it a more durable carpet.
When cleaning commercial grade carpets you have (5) choices: 1). Hot water extraction or steam cleaning;
2). Encapsulation, this where a chemical is sprayed on to the floor and is swirled around until the dirt appears to disappear; 3). Bonnet cleaning, this is where you would have large bonnets on a spinner (a machine that spins) and you trap the soil in the cotton bonnet; 4). Chem Dry, this is where a chemical is sprayed over the carpet and it is rinsed using very little carbonated water; 5). Dry cleaning method is when you spread this stuff over the floor that is damp and feels like saw dust, you rake it in and the vacuum it up.
Of all the methods mentioned above there is ONLY ONE method that will NOT void your carpet's warranty and there is ONLY ONE method that the carpet manufactures recommend and that is the same method that we use here at Liberty Floor Solutions - HOT WATER EXTRACTION. The reason why they only recommend this method is because it is the ONLY PROVEN method for flushing the dirt, oils, and yuk from the carpets. When performed by a competent professional it works every time and dries in a timely manner. Because there is no padding under the concrete it dries much faster than residential carpet.
As a DIY person you are NOT going to be able to rent a machine capable of TRUE Hot Water Extraction. After explaining all of this to my DIY caller it became obvious to him that it would be more economical to hire me than it would be to DIY. His time was too valuable and the cleaning job was too important to leave into the hands of an amateur. I hope this article is useful to you. If you have a cleaning question please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.