| Main Topic | Flooring
Knowledge and experience
Cleaning and maintaining textile flooring is an essential task for service providers. From daily
maintenance cleaning to basic cleaning, this article discusses everything you need to know to
preserve the value of textile flooring.
When cleaning textile flooring, the differences between
interim and basic cleaning are important.
Maintenance cleaning refers to repeated cleaning at fixed time
intervals. Depending on the needed cleaning tasks, the goals and
results vary. Textile flooring is maintained by vacuuming, vacuum
brushing or mechanical sweeping. Depending on the scope of the
service specifications, stain removal may be carried out during
maintenance cleaning or as special cleaning (not recommended).
Maintenance cleaning methods are
Vacuuming is understood as the removal of loose dirt. Substances
that have penetrated the carpet pile (like drink stains) may still
be present on the surface. Vacuuming is suitable for all flooring;
however, its cleaning success is limited.
Vacuum brushing means mechanically brushing the surface and
then dry vacuuming loose or slightly adhesive surface dirt with a
vacuum brush machine.
Vacuum brushing is not recommended for:
33Flooring with coarse, looped pile (Berber structure) because it
33Fiber-bonded and cotton yarn flooring because it can roughen
the surface and allow better mechanical anchoring of dirt
which leads to faster wear.
33Surfaces that are susceptible to strong electrostatic discharge.
Carpet sweeping involves mechanical or vacuum sweeping of
flooring to rid it of loose or slightly adhesive surface dirt. It
is especially suitable for large areas with low degrees of transfer.
Carpet sweeping does not remove much fine dust but picks up
primarily larger dirt particles (such as grains of sand). Due to the
strong brush mechanics, flooring can wear faster as a result of
fiber abrasion than with vacuuming and vacuum brushing. The
machines used are equivalent to sweepers and vacuum sweepers
used for non-textile flooring, but they are equipped with special
(softer) carpet brushes.
Stains should be removed as soon as possible after they occur
because the fresher the stain, the easier it is to remove it. Before
stains can be removed, however, their composition should be
Loose dirt can be removed by carpet sweeping
which picks up primarily larger dirt particles
such as grains of sand. Photo: Hako
The best method of removing larger stains:
fiber pad cleaning with an eccentric one-disc
machine and microfiber pad. Photo: FIGR
Interim cleaning with a roller brush machine
and cleaning agents that use encapsulation
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