Commercial cleaning can be quite tricky, especially when it comes to wide carpeted areas in office spaces, schools and other large institutions.
Carpets and upholstery are some of the places that receive the most wear and tear through daily usage from high volumes of foot traffic. As a janitorial service provider, you need to provide performance-based commercial office cleaning solutions that make your job easier and keep your clients happy.
From deodorizers to spot cleaners to solvent-based cleaners, Busy-Bee has a wide range of carpet and upholstery care supplies, and commercial cleaning supplies in BC to help you fight the toughest stains and spots.
Preventive Measures and Maintenance
The best cleaning is preventative and consistent. Stains and accidents happen but wear and tear and microscopic dangers like dust are a constant threat to your client’s furniture lifespan too. Vacuuming the upholstery and carpets are important. Make sure to accommodate to the item you are cleaning though; using an upholstery attachment, the handheld part of a larger vacuum, or the brush and crevice tools to get under cushions, in nooks and crannies, and delicately clean.
Especially with couches or certain chairs, it’s important to remove the seat cushion and just like you would do with a pillow fluff it and beat it a bit. This helps to prevent dust from settling into the fibres. It’s also recommended to rotate cushions and/or flip them if you can, to ensure even wear and that won’t become too indented. The best thing you can do make sure to use products to help protect against future accidents. Products like the Scotch Guard Carpet Protector limits reappearing spots and helps repel future spills.
Use Top-Quality Cleaning Products to Combat Stains
Eventually, something will happen and a client might end up with a glaring stain from spilled wine, food, coffee, the list goes on. We know how important it is to make sure to provide the best quality work and care to a clients’ space so that’s why here at Busy Bee we provide a variety of top quality products to help you get out any set-in stain and help protect against it in the future. Products such as Odor-Out Carpet Deodorizer, Whizgroom Carpet Brush and Orang-A-Tang Multi Solvent which gets at oil and grease stains with ease.
Many upholstery manufacturers include a care label, this tells you what different products could be used on it to minimize the risk of a harsh chemical being used and ruining it. W stands for water-based cleaners, S for solvents, WS tells you both can be an option, and an X lets you know that none of the above could be used; for an item with an X, vacuuming is probably your best option. Keep in mind grease or oil-based stains are best treated with dry solvents.
Make sure not to soak your cloth when applying a cleaning solution, this could potentially spread the stain and saturate the fabric. Which would cause a risk of mould, mildew, and bacteria being attracted to the spot and growing there? Be patient with the drying process too, using heat to speed it up can just set the stain permanently. It might seem tedious but this will give you the best outcome and makes sure your customers’ furniture or carpeting will last a long time and they will be satisfied with your work.
Not Sure Which Cleaning Solutions to Use?
A good idea is to test out the product on a hidden or unnoticeable part of the upholstery to make sure it won’t have any adverse effects. Take some of the cleaning solution on a clean white cloth and hold it against the spot for around about 30 seconds, this will be enough time to let you see if any colour transfers, fading the spot. Reds and blues are at the highest risk of this.
We would also highly recommend staying away from using a washing machine as well. It’s best to recommend against that for your customers because no matter how tempting it might be for them to toss it in and let a machine quickly solve the problem; even using it on a delicate or a light setting with cold water runs the risk of shrinkage, malformed contorted cushions, or the colour lightening or running. This will just make more work for you specifically down the line and make your customers even more frustrated.
Tackle Tough Carpet and Upholstery Stains With Busy-Bee
Hopefully with this now cleaning an unknown spill on your client’s couch or rug can seem a little less daunting. Employing the right techniques is as important as using the right tools and products. Busy-Bee Sanitary Supplies strives to provide you with a full range of products for all situations with great quality to make sure there is never a tough spot you can’t get out of.