Vacuuming and Proper Carpet Care

by Lawton Brothers | Feb 18, 2016


Carpet is a beautiful and sustainable flooring choice, whether it’s in your home, office, school, or for commercial use. It provides comfort and cushions the impact of slips and falls, reduces noise, and makes it easier to learn and concentrate.

However, carpet doesn’t take care of itself! Proper maintenance is necessary in order to keep it looking great and lasting as long as possible. That being said, we’re all about helping your cleaning processes green, simple, and stress-free. Vacuuming is the simplest and most efficient way to maintain the quality of your carpet, which keeps it useful for longer and supports healthier spaces for living, working, and learning.

To get your Vacuuming 101 “crash course” started, let’s talk about where it all began:

  • The first non-electric vacuum cleaner was a sweeping machine, and was invented in 1869 in Chicago. It had a crank for the operator to turn with one hand while pushing the machine with the other hand.
  • The idea behind the modern electric vacuum cleaner was invented in 1901 by H.C. Booth, and took the form of a large, horse-drawn, petrol-driven unit, which was parked outside of the building. It fed long hoses through the windows of whatever room needed to be cleaned.
  • In 1913, a new vacuum was released in six different models and had attachments for bare floors, walls, upholstery, and crevices.
  • Decades later, in 1950, the marketplace saw the first convertible upright line of vacuums.
  • In the late 1970’s, James Dyson started to develop a vacuum that didn't need bags.
  • And as late as 2005, The Carpet and Rug Institute established the Seal of Approval program to certify carpet cleaning solutions, as well as equipment (vacuums included) to help the average consumer take the best care of their carpet.

If you’re a facility manager vacuuming should be at the forefront of your cleaning strategy, because about 95 percent of dry soil is removed from carpet by vacuuming carpet regularly. Thinking that maybe that’s all it does? Think again! Scientific research shows that a carpet that is cleaned properly even helps to maintain indoor air quality.

If a custodial staff doesn’t consistently vacuum, it can become worn, tattered, or damaged before it’s time. This could lead to more extensive cleaning or expensive carpet replacement.  As an attempt to cut operating costs, some facilities may choose to reduce the amount of vacuuming done. This does save money in the short-term, but the long-term financial impact of poor carpet maintenance can lead to replacement, which can be pricey. The Carpet and Rug Institute recently worked with LGM and Associates to study the long-term financial impact of improper carpet maintenance in commercial spaces (department stores, hotels, libraries, and condominium complexes); the research showed that without consistent vacuuming, carpets had to be prematurely replaced. With the average cost of carpet replacement in these types of facilities nearly reaching $60,000, it’s clear that proper, consistent maintenance is vital to protecting a facility’s assets.

If you want your clients to keep a pristine carpet for as long as possible, you’ll need to keep your equipment looking just as great. Here are some tips on how to accomplish just that:

  • Learn the operation of vacuums, because they come with many available features and functions. Taking the time to learn about them will play a major part in your maintenance plan and improve the appearance of the carpet itself.
  • Ensure that your vacuum is in proper working order. Maintaining it is essential to keeping and the carpet in proper condition. Regularly checking your vacuum to ensure it is running properly will keep it cleaning just the way it should be – effectively and efficiently.
  • Institute a cleaning regimen that includes a scheduled, wall-to-wall vacuuming of each room in addition to daily vacuuming of heavy-traffic areas, which accumulate more dirt and some extra attention.

When it comes down to it, keeping your client’s carpet looking beautiful and remaining functional depends on the care it receives, and it’s up to you to ensure that you’re doing all you can to achieve that. Proper vacuuming practices will keep the carpet for its full lifetime, maintain indoor air quality, keep warranties intact…and your clients pleased with your cleaning services.

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