Winter season generally is very tough and messy season for all carpeted areas and flooring in most commercial and residential buildings. Even though winter is associated with clean white snow, traces from grit, sand, rock salt and general dirt can be found on the carpets and specially areas with heavy traffic. As carpets are made of millions piles of fibers which are trapping all the dirt and soil brought in with the shoes, the carpet could hold enormous amount of soil (almost its own weight) and still look clean. Invisible soiling during the winter months could be very damaging for both the carpets and the people as walking on soiled carpets cuts and scratches the fibers and turns it into fine dust which airborne during dry seasons.

That’s why comprehensive programs for preventing soiling and efficient carpet cleaning are needed to deal with the challenges of “winter dirt”. The most important and swift steps include:

  •  Using adequate entrance matting – at all building entrances appropriate matting must be installed to trap and prevent soil and dirt from getting onto the carpeted floors. Entrance mats must be sufficient in length, at least 4 to 5m for buildings with heavy traffic and minimum 2m in length for buildings with less traffic, in order to work effectively. Ideally a combination of external “scraper mat” and internal moisture absorbent mat should be used, or mats which combines both functions in one.
  •  Regular vacuum cleaning – using regularly professional Vacuum cleaners with rotary brushes for lifting up the piles and proper agitation opening carpet piles where soil is trapped. High airflow for good suction and good filtration.
  • Regular pile lifting of areas with heavy traffic – it is essential areas with heavy traffic to be vacuumed with vacuum cleaners which have cylindrical brush that agitates and opens the carpet piles when moves opposite the pile direction. This lifts up the piles and removes the soil and grit from the bottom of the carpet.
  • Regular deep carpet cleaning – before deep cleaning, the carpet should be thoroughly dry vacuumed to remove dry soil, grit, sand and any dirt to prevent from wetting and turning it into mud.

It will be much more difficult to clean after.

Preventing and removing the soil and dirt from entering the buildings on regular bases will keep it from spreading and settling through the rest of the building. There for all entrances and areas with heavy foot traffic should be vacuumed regularly, at least once a day or more to achieve maximum results. In long term this minimum investment of time will pay off in prolonging the live of carpets and other flooring and significantly reducing off sick time taken from staff.