Removal of spots and spills is inevitable and the golden rule is to deal with these as soon as possible for maximum effectiveness. Depending on each stain, removal products and techniques will vary and in most cases it is recommended that a professional carpet cleaning company with specialist stain technicians is contacted. Handheld spot vacuum cleaning equipment can be useful for the swift sucking up of spilt liquids. COBA’s entrance tile products also allow for easy tile replacement without the need to invest in an entirely new system should they become stained or damaged.
Removal of Dry Soil and Dry Debris
Dry soil is the most common type of soiling to remove from entrance matting and doormats. It can normally be cleaned with an effective vacuum cleaner with relative ease. A regular dry vacuuming schedule will help to reduce soil particles sinking deeper into the carpet pile. In some cases, the matting design is deliberate to allow soil to ‘fall through’ the mat for this very reason. The matting can be lifted and the soil/ debris swept/vacuumed away with ease.
Regular vacuuming is essential for the removal of dry soil from carpet entrance mats to retain a smart appearance. If ignored, dirt particles can be trodden deeper into the mat’s fibres crushing the pile, while becoming sharp, gritty and potentially damaging. This makes cleaning more difficult and matting itself dull in appearance and less effective. Vacuuming is recommended on a daily basis – at least once a day for busy pedestrian traffic. Lighter traffic areas can be cleaned every other day or as required.
Pile Lift Vacuum Cleaning
Pile lifting requires a different type of vacuum cleaner (usually with a dual motor) that is more aggressive in removing deeply embedded soil, and effectively separates the fibres to restore the pile. This should be carried out periodically according to the level of use. Obviously heavy duty areas will require this more frequently (please see table below for frequency recommendations).
Deep Cleaning Hot Water Extraction
This is recommended from time-to- time for a thorough, deep clean and especially important for hygiene, such as in hospitals, schools, hotels and restaurants. There are specialist carpet cleaning companies who will perform this task although hot water extraction equipment is also available from a variety of hire companies for rental/purchase. There is a Carpet Cleaning Standard (S001-1991) by the IICRC for further guidelines. The hot water extraction method involves a solution of water and cleaning agent being sprayed onto the pile and then powerfully vacuumed, which ‘sucks up’ the solution and dirty soil into a holding tank.
If in doubt, please consult COBA’s trained sales consultants who will provide more specific advice about cleaning / maintenance of individual entrance mat products.
Please note open surface mats will need to be lifted afterwards to remove moisture, as the water that goes through the mat is unlikely to be extracted back into the machine.