Selecting The Best Carpet Cleaner For Your Office.

July 27, 2010 by  

If you are looking for  professional office cleaners you will find there are a lot of carpet cleaning companies out there.  Read the adverts and you notice none of them will suggest they are the second best cleaners.  Why would they? But by following the tips we give later in the article you will discover how to find the right carpet cleaner to fit your needs.

Taking a few minutes to look at the different types of cleaning carpets options and the particular type of carpet you have in your offices or home will enable you to make the right decision. You will find that there are a number of different carpet cleaning methods which all have their own advantages and of course disadvantages.  Not all cleaning companies will take the time to explain the disadvantages of the method they want to use on your carpet. You need to know them.  For example a dry extraction type of clean will use a powder chemical which can be massaged into the fibres of the carpet bonding with the dirt or stains and “pulling” them away from the fibres to make them easy to vacuum away.

Cleaners also sometimes opt to use a wet clean (sometimes sold as “steam cleaning” but usually just hot water) which involves spraying a diluted chemical extraction fluid under pressure deep into the fibres. The area will then be massaged by the hand-held lance or the metal bars of the machine to enable the cleaning chemical to bind around the dirt and allow it to be vacuumed out. Introducing a water spray like this will often result in a far deeper clean but leaves the carpet slightly damp and introduces risk of carpet shrinkage.

You should always get estimates from a few carpet cleaning companies.  I know some companies will put all estimates into price order then delete both the highest price and the lowest price.  The problem is of course you may be mixing up apples and oranges and throwing out two cleans which would be ideal for your carpet clean. Instead ask about methods being used and why they have chosen to use that particular method on your office carpet. Also check out what chemicals they are using.  Always ask for copies of safety data sheets they can’t supply they are not the professionals you are looking for. Ask about how long the clean will take and how soon afterwards you can use the room. Find out about furniture removals as well.

Be aware not all cleaning companies carry out effective security checks on their employees. Find out about insurance liability. If they make a mistake and someone gets injured are they covered or will your company be at risk? Get it in writing that they are taking responsibility for any damage caused e.g. carpet shrinkage, furniture damaged, items going missing etc.

Follow the above tips, and you’ll have no problems with finding the right carpet cleaner.

You may be surprised to discover after the carpet clean that a number of your staff will feel better afterwards. This is not just psychological thinking but could be down to them having an allergy which they did not know about.  That increase in productivity alone could be worth the cost of the better carpet clean. What have you got to lose except of course that dirty looking carpet!

The author Ron Thomson works as the National Quality Manager for Clean Care Scotland one of the largest Scottish Commercial Cleaning Companies providing contract cleaning services to restaurants, retail stores, offices as well as some health groups. In addition he is teh Area Manager for Aberdeen Office Cleaning and one of the co-authors of the book “Floor Care Is Not Just Floor Cleaning”