Carpets are spectacular interior elements, which, despite the complexity of caring for them, do not lose popularity. Modern carpets, unlike paths and palas from the Soviet past, look presentable, help to emphasize the individuality of the design of the office space and create a cozy, relaxed atmosphere in the workplace.
The peculiarity of carpets operation lies in their texture: it does not matter whether it is wool, viscose, jute or polyamide – woven covering quickly accumulates dust and as if attracts dirt. Carpets used in places with a high traffic of people: office premises, administrative buildings, hotel complexes require special attention.
On such a scale, as a rule, special equipment and compositions are used. We will tell you how, how to clean the carpet in the office quickly and effectively without special means and professional equipment.
Individual approach to each covering
Methods of carpet cleaning are divided into dry and wet. Exposure to water is well tolerated by some coverings and completely unsuitable for others.
There is no one-size-fits-all carpet cleaning method. The materials from which carpets are made, when removing stains require an individual approach. Otherwise, the dirt will not only remain in the same place, but the product will be spoiled.
- Synthetics (acrylic, polyester, polyamide)
Such carpet coverings, as a rule, do not have an adhesive backing, so they can be both cleaned and washed. Do not worry about the color – it will remain the same after exposure to any means.
- Semi-synthetic material
For such carpets, you can use special store means and solutions based on soda, vinegar and laundry soap.
Usually wool products are cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, but about once a year they can be treated with a solution of laundry soap. Such carpets are contraindicated with products that have bleach in their composition. They can not be cleaned against the pile and use salt to remove dirt, because it corrodes the basis of the carpeting.
- Cotton, linen
Cotton and linen floor coverings are cleaned dry with baking soda.
Jute is cleaned exclusively dry without the use of harsh chemicals. Intending to clean a jute carpet, you should forget about using steam and brushes with stiff bristles. You will need a cleaning powder and a powerful vacuum cleaner.
- Knitted fabric
The material does not tolerate wet cleaning very well. Knitted carpets should be dry-cleaned.
Do not clean with soap or shampoo. Silk also does not tolerate steam treatment. A carpet made of this delicate material can only be cleaned with vinegar.
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Manual carpet cleaning
The most popular means for self-cleaning carpets are baking soda, vinegar and ammonia. These are universal means, widely used at home, but compositions based on them are also widely used for cleaning large carpeting at enterprises, offices and administrative premises.
How to clean the carpet with different cleaning agents, in what proportions to mix them and how to apply them, if there is an emergency meeting in the office, and there are dirty traces on the carpeting?
For dry cleaning, you need to evenly distribute the powder over the surface of the carpet and after half an hour thoroughly vacuum it. For wet from the sprayer spray the pile of the carpet with a soda solution (200 mg per 10 liters of water), rub it with a brush and clean the surface with a vacuum cleaner after the composition is completely dry.
- For conventional cleaning: spread baking soda on the carpet, and after half an hour spray a solution of vinegar (1 tbsp. per 1 liter of water). After 30 minutes, the carpet is brushed along the pile, and then vacuumed.
- To remove stains use a mixture of water (5 tbsp. l.) and 70% acetic acid (1 tbsp. l.), the solution is applied to the stains with a sponge, gently rubbing. On top of this, baking soda is poured. After drying, the remnants of the means are removed with a vacuum cleaner.
- Solution for cleaning with washing powder: in 1 liter of water dissolve 1 tbsp. of 70% acetic acid, baking soda and powder. The composition is distributed on the pile, rub in places of contamination, and after drying the carpet is thoroughly vacuumed.
Alcohol of ammonia
It is used to clean carpets and remove dirt and traces of grease from furniture upholstery. The carpet is treated with a solution (20 ml of alcohol per 1 liter of water) from a sprayer and rub the pile with a sponge or brush. After about an hour, the surface is vacuumed.
Ordinary rock salt will help to cope with fresh stains from juice and wine. The pile in the place of contamination should be covered with salt as soon as possible and wait about 10 minutes. Then soaked in warm water brush to remove the salt and after drying the surface go over it with a vacuum cleaner. If the procedure did not help, it can be repeated, but already with the use of vinegar.
The juice of citrus fruits perfectly corrodes almost any dirt. It is enough to apply a couple of spoons on the stain, and after 2 hours wash it with warm water and vacuum after drying.
The listed methods of removing contaminants, of course, will not replace professional dry cleaning of carpeting with cleaners, but will help if a stain is put on the office carpeting, and it is necessary to clean it before the beginning of the working day. In addition, natural means, do not cause allergies to company employees and visitors, and also have a low cost.