The Benefits of Low-Moisture Carpet Cleaning Phoenix az 85018 By: Dawn Shoemaker
While hard-surface flooring materials—including tile, stone, and new sustainable options, such as bamboo—have recently become more popular, many church facility administrators still prefer carpeting.
One of the key reasons for this preference is that carpeting absorbs sound, while hard-surface flooring can actually cause noises to reverberate throughout a facility—potentially causing a serious distraction, especially in a large setting with many people.
Carpeting also offers another benefit to busy church facilities. While hard-surface floors are likely to show soiling and spills, carpeting acts like a sponge, absorbing soils. Contaminants typically seep down into carpet fibers or are hidden from view because of the pattern, design, or texture of the carpet.
Carpeting offers other benefits, as well. Some studies indicate that carpeting is easier to maintain than hard-surface flooring and, in the long run, more cost-effective.
But one thing is certain: carpets must eventually be cleaned. They can act as a sponge for only so long before beginning to appear soiled and becoming unhealthy.
There are many ways to clean carpets today, some more effective than others. Much depends on the type of carpet, how it is constructed, traffic conditions and use, temperature, humidity, and even location. While there are many ways to clean carpeting, the current trend is to use low-moisture cleaning methods.
There are some cleaning professionals who believe that the best way to remove stubborn soils, even in carpeting, is to use more water in the cleaning process. The reason for this is that many believe water flushes out contaminants, leaving carpets cleaner.
But, this is not necessarily the case. While there is a place for water in carpet cleaning—and, in fact, it is necessary when the most effective techniques are employed—using lots of water can cause a number of problems. Contact Eco King Carpet Cleaning for more information.
Water IssuesUsing excessive amounts of water during carpet cleaning can result in what is called "wicking" or "wick-back." This is when soils that have not been flushed away come up to the surface of the carpet as it dries.
Excessive amounts of water can also cause the following problems:
* Stretching, a condition in which the carpet does not lie flat on the floor in some areas* Damage to the adhesives used to secure the carpet to the floor or at seams* Rapid resoiling, which occurs when traffic is allowed on the carpet before it is fully dry; the moisture and cleaning chemicals act as a magnet, drawing soils back into the just-cleaned carpet * Unusually long drying times, which can force areas of a facility to remain out of service and increases the potential for the growth of mold and mildew * Moisture seeping underneath the carpeting and into the pad or subfloor below
The last two items are of particular concern.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the risk of mold or mildew developing in a carpet after cleaning increases if the carpet has not dried in 48 hours or less.
This can negatively impact indoor air quality and cause a variety of health-related problems. Once mold and mildew develop, church administrators will have no choice but to take serious action to protect the health of the church facility.
Low-Moisture Carpet Cleaning in a NutshellThe problems that can be caused by using excessive amounts of water have spurred many cleaning professionals—and the carpet cleaning industry in general—to move toward low-moisture carpet cleaning methods.
According to Mark Warner, president of the nonprofit Low-Moisture Carpet Cleaning Association, "Low-moisture carpet cleaning refers to methods and/or procedures that allow carpet fibers to dry to their natural state in two hours or less."
Warner is quick to point out that "every carpet exists in a unique environment," which means that such things as temperature and humidity can impact how quickly the carpet dries. But, regardless of conditions, the goal is for carpeting to dry in a short amount of time.
There are a number of carpet cleaning procedures that qualify as low-moisture cleaning. Much depends on whether the carpet needs what is called "interim" cleaning, or if more thorough "restorative" cleaning is necessary.
Interim cleaning is considered to be routine maintenance, meaning the carpet is not overly soiled. Interim cleaning methods include thorough vacuuming, using "dry" or encapsulation cleaning methods, and shampooing or bonnet cleaning.
Using interim carpet cleaning methods benefits church facilities because they help remove surface soils, minimize the development of "traffic lanes" (visibly soiled areas) in busy walkways, and maintain the carpet's appearance.
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