The Science Behind Carpet Cleaning

Posted by Frank Talarico

Apr 14, 2017 2:59:27 PM

For most people, the tangible differences between clean carpets and dirty carpets are obvious: dirty carpets look more unkempt and feel grimier. However, there are more menacing consequences that can arise from housing an unclean carpet. We want to highlight some scientific research that has been conducted that shows the measured results of cleaning. When using the correct method, cleaning can reduce the amount of dust, mold, and other allergens. These findings were highlighted in The Journal of Cleaning, Restoration and Inspection’s, (Winter 2017). Find out what cleaning methods work best and how cleaning your carpets on a regular basis can improve your health:

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning, Commercial Floor Cleaning

How Robot Cleaning Can Help Create Cleaner Facilities

Posted by Frank Talarico

Apr 7, 2017 2:09:06 PM

In an age where robots are being used to make coffee and perform more and more automated industrial tasks, robotic vacuums are beginning to stand out as a safe and dependable product. Today’s robotic vacuums can remember the layout of a space, avoid staircases, and even be voice controlled. Some are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, allowing them to be programmed or controlled from a smart phone. Today’s blog will explore how coming advancements in robot cleaning technology will begin to create cleaner facilities in the future.

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Topics: Floor Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Commercial Floor Cleaning

ServiceMaster TBS Helps Client Understand Commercial Cleaning Options

Posted by Frank Talarico

Mar 9, 2017 2:59:14 PM

Here at Service Master TBS, we have experience in performing a wide variety of cleaning processes for our customers. In this week’s blog, we will cover a real-world example of how we helped steer one client toward replacement of their carpet instead of professional cleaning after a spill and failed clean-up attempt. We are always happy to investigate any issue and make recommendations that best fit the needs and budget of our customers!

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning

Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning Equipment

Posted by Frank Talarico

Aug 30, 2015 12:30:00 PM

There are a few types of carpet cleaning equipment including whittaker, host, or truck mount. The most well known carpet cleaning services use truck mount carpet cleaning equipment. These extractors clean your carpet with hot water and suction. Here are some things you should know about truck mount carpet cleaning equipment.

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning

Manufacturer Recommended Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services

Posted by Frank Talarico

Feb 4, 2015 5:07:00 PM

When it comes to commercial carpet cleaning services, there are a few specific steps that carpet manufacturers and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) recommend for care of your floor covering.  While these steps may seem relatively simple they are the four most important ways you can keep your commercial carpet clean.  By following the outline below your carpet could look spectacular for years to come decreasing the need for premature replacement.  

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning, Commercial Floor Cleaning

Extraction Cleaning

Posted by Frank Talarico

Oct 28, 2014 3:59:00 PM

Extraction carpet cleaning is one of the most thorough and comprehensive carpet cleaning methods available.  This method combines cleaning detergents which are pre-sprayed into the carpet and then extracted with hot water or steam. This process loosens any dirt, grime and stains. A high-powered vacuum extracts the dirt-filled cleaning solution from the carpet.

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Topics: Floor Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning Made Easy # 3:To Clean or Not to Clean?

Posted by Frank Talarico

Jun 13, 2014 6:00:00 AM

A common misconception about carpet cleaning is that once you clean your carpet for the first time you are destined to clean it more and more over time.  I'm not sure if people truly believe this myth... or they just say it to make themselves feel better about not maintaining their floors. Truth be told, the reason most people's carpet gets dirty so quickly after the initial cleaning is because the detergent being used either isn't fully rinsed out or it has resoiling properties.  

A few things to consider before your next carpet cleaning...

1. How long has it taken for the carpet to dry after past cleanings?  If the answer is more than 2-3 hours then your carpet cleaning service might not have equipment strong enough to fully rinse and remove the soap and dirt thats sitting in the fiber.  SOLUTION: Make sure your service cleans their filters regularly and that they have a lot of suction power (CFM) coming through the vacuum tube.  If you don't hear that hose "howling" then its very likely you're going to stay wet longer than necessary which will ultimately lead to rapid re-soiling. Also, make sure air-movers (fans) are used to keep the air circulating.  

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning Made Easy Part #2 - The Proof is in the Pile

Posted by Frank Talarico

Apr 10, 2013 3:28:00 PM

When we last talked about Carpet Cleaning Made Easy we discussed the importance of daily vacuuming. When it comes to professional carpet cleaning, most people don’t think about the “process” or actual order of steps involved with providing this service. As you already know vacuuming is #1, however, other steps make the difference between carpets that are truly clean and restored, and those where only surface dirt is removed. For truly clean carpets, ServiceMaster TBS offers the most thorough - manufacturer recommended services in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning - Walk-Off Mats at Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia

Posted by Frank Talarico

May 20, 2012 3:03:00 PM

This carpet cleaning job took much more effort than you can possibly imagine but the results were definitely favorable. We had to clean it at least a half-dozen times to remove all the soil that was compacted into the fiber.  Sometimes spending this much time to resore a floor covering just isn't cost effective but in this case once we started working we wanted to see just how much life we could bring back to this old guy.  After a few hours the result was amazing.

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning Made Easy Part 1

Posted by Frank Talarico

Mar 20, 2012 2:55:00 PM

As a provider of professional commercial cleaning services for more than 15 years, in numerous facility types one of my favorite frequently asked questions is… Why is my carpet so dirty, I extract all the time?

The truth is, it's a favorite question because it's easy to evaluate and 99% of the time the time proves similar answer. The first and most important step in maintaining your flooring investment is daily vacuuming. Daily vacuuming removes between 80-90% of the dry soil that would otherwise begin to damage the carpet's nylon fibers. Continuous grinding of the fiber caused simply by walking on dirty carpet is enough to prematurely wear it out. Once the nylon begins to scratch and abrade; it's damaged and will never return to its original luster.
So, I usually do a quick inspection of the carpet fiber with a 100x microscope and find the results are usually consistent - broken fiber with interspersed specs of dirt attached. I follow-up with vacuuming utilizing the HOST Liberator to pile lift and remove as much soil as possible. The results are profound- handfuls of dry dirt and visibly cleaner carpet… just from vacuuming!

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning

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