Don’t Get Uptight About Your Upright
Justin Binks, director of Sebo UK discusses the machines to use for cleaning and maintenance of floors:
APPROPRIATE cleaning regimes help enhance the longevity and performance of all floorcoverings and must embrace the frequency of cleaning as well as the method used.
For flooring manufacturers, putting these messages across, and providing sound guidance to clients, should be an integral part of good customer service and will help build their reputation.
Frustratingly, complaints about flooring often stem from a poor cleaning regime rather than any inherent problem with the product. One problem is that advice is not communicated from the manufacturer’s client, who may be the architect or building owner, to those responsible for organising and undertaking the cleaning. Sometimes those charged with cleaning do not act up or do not understanding the advice.
To maintain the appearance and longevity of carpets it is vital that appropriate vacuum cleaners and maintenance routines are used.
A major cause of damage to a carpet is the fine grit and abrasive particles that sink into the pile. Foot traffic across the surface then crushes the pile against these particles, causing the fibres to be cut and excessive wear to occur.
If the carpet pile becomes compressed it tends to hamper the removal of grit and dirt so suction on its own is not always effective. For this reason, cylinder vacuum cleaners are relatively inefficient and, where they are used, the appearance and longevity of the carpet is likely to suffer.
This is why carpet manufacturers tend to recommend upright vacuum cleaners. These have rotating brushes that are good at opening up the pile so trapped dirt is released and sucked out, along with any hair and fibre enmeshed in the pile. Upright cleaners also help avoid pile compression that causes a carpet to look dirty and worn.
When working with specifiers during the initial stages of a project, manufacturers of all flooring types should suggest solutions that can assist long term maintenance. For instance, entrance matting. This prevents grit and dirt entering a building and saves damage to both carpets and hard floors.
However, this matting must also be maintained to avoid it becoming clogged. Again, an upright vacuum cleaner is ideal as it will ensure that dirt is removed from the base of the fibres.
Ideally, manufacturers should supply a cleaning and maintenance routine handed to the end-user on completion of the flooring installation. This should include information on types of vacuum cleaner and other cleaning equipment to be used, frequency of cleaning and appropriate methods to use.
A properly thought through cleaning programme will be sustainable, cost effective and minimise disruption, while ensuring the appearance and longevity of the flooring. www.sebo.co.uk
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.