Your business is your livelihood and its appearance can mean the difference between its success and you struggling. Keeping your floors clean and in great condition can help save you money in the long run and keep your business looking inviting and appealing to customers. Cleaning your carpet can be expensive and it may be appealing to clean them on your own, but it can be a difficult task and expensive if things go wrong or the wrong approaches are taken. We’ve put together a list of the biggest mistakes most business owners make when cleaning their carpets.
1. Too Much Water
Carpets do not require that much water to shampoo or rinse. One of the most common mistakes is using to much water and soaking the backing or padding beneath the carpet. It can take a long time for the padding to dry and this can potentially lead to the growth of bacteria or even mold. The damp padding can lead to a musty smell and if it doesn’t dry will need to be removed and the area properly cleaned before reinstalling new carpet.
2. Too Much Soap
Getting the right amount of soap can be difficult. Your carpet may seem dirty but using too much or too little soap can lead to problems. Not using enough soap simply won’t clean your carpet and leave it looking and feeling dirty. Using too much soap can make it difficult to remove all the excess soap leaving you with more problems. Not removing all the soap from your carpet can cause shrinkage or make the carpet pull away from the walls. It can air pockets or gaps between the floor and the carpet and even cause the carpet to unravel.
3. Not Testing
Those attempting to clean their carpet often jump right in and get started on the task forgetting the importance of testing the products and machine on a small portion of their carpet first. Testing a small spot can help you check to see if your carpet reacts with any solutions or machinery before cleaning the entire carpet and possibly staining it. Some solutions may mark or stain certain carpets, it’s important to test a small hidden area first. Areas covered by furniture are perfect for testing.
4. Scrubbing Spills/Stains
Another common mistake is scrubbing stains or spills into the carpet when cleaning. While it’s important to clean spills immediately after they happen, you should use a cloth or paper towel to pat and soak the spill up. Scrubbing or brushing the stain can lead the liquid or substance to push deeper into the carpet and set the stain. Remember to pat the stain and gently work to pull the stain up, you can even use small amounts of water help flush the stain out.
5. Not Hiring a Professional
Saving money and cleaning your carpet on your own may seem like a good idea but hiring a professional can ensure the job is done correctly and efficiently saving you money in the long run. Professional carpet cleaners use professional equipment and are experts in choosing the correct solutions for your carpets needs. They stand behind their work and will make sure your satisfied with their job. Professionals can steam clean carpets pulling out things like allergens you may not have been able to and can even treat your carpet to repel against stains.
Kleen Office Environments has over 20 years of professional cleaning experience including carpet cleaning in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas. We offer complete carpet care and can clean not just the carpets at your business but all other flooring types as well! For more information check out our website or call 616-889-3720!