YES – it is true, what goes up must come down. However, that does not mean fogging your space will sanitize your carpet or other soft surfaces! Why? Dirt, soil, and anything foreign to the carpet or fabric can act as a food source for bacteria and will work itself down into the backing and between the fibers. The fogging chemistry will only sit on the surface and will not do anything below.

Incorrect carpet sanitizing method

For best sanitization results, it’s important for carpet (a porous surface) or fabric to be cleaned effectively prior to the application of any disinfectant. Removing the foreign matter first through proper hot water extraction allows the disinfectant chemistry to focus exclusively on weakening any viral threat that may exist. Proper cleaning also removes barriers such as oily substances that may block or inhibit the actions of the disinfectant in sanitizing the surface of a fiber.

Proper Carpet Cleaning Procedures

  1.  Vacuum the entire space
  2. Deep clean using hot water extraction methods
  3. Application of an EPA Registered Disinfectant (look for chemistry that is also CRI SOA approved) that provides soft surface sanitization instructions. Make sure it is pH neutral!

Once the sanitization processes have been completed, a routine maintenance cleaning program should be put in place to maintain the healthy condition of the carpet or upholstery. The sanitization process can then be a periodic service and does not need to be repeated with every cleaning.

For more information please feel free to reach out to us.

Chip Grimes – cgrimes@fsgmaintenance.com | 302-691-3970

Chip Grimes, co-founder of Facilities Services Group, a commercial contractor business in northern Philadelphia, and Kemp Harr discuss the growth of the flooring maintenance side of his business. Recorded at this week’s Starnet Floorcare meeting, in the interview Chip talks about his firm’s venture and success on this side of the business. Listen to the interview for more details.

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Chip Grimes demonstrating tile cleaning service

Greg Fylak will find you an expert on blood, signatures, weather, anatomy or falling concrete. Chip Grimes will brush the dirt from your office carpets. Mark Olazagasi can get your business computer back on track after a disaster.

One common thread links their businesses. They all started in an incubator that also hatched an accounting firm, marketing companies, an Uber for package delivery and a company that responds when a corporate plane crashes.

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FSG had been called to see if there was anything that could be done to repair these stair treads and landings. The client had thought about replacing them, but decided to explore some options. The facility was willing to incur the expense of the replacement but FSG felt there was a potential savings to the facility and to the environment by not replacing them and instead restoring them.

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When we arrived there was a patient that had just been moved out. We had asked EVS to clean the room out prior to us starting. These photos show contrast in a broad view of what the area looked like before and after we cleaned the floor.

 

As you can see from the before picture the floor is loaded with dirt and particulates. In the after photo it’s very clear that we are able to remove everything and this also demonstrated the sheet vinyl is still in good shape.

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Chip Grimes, President of Facility Services Group in Philadelphia, talks to Bill Luallen about his experience with a resilient floor and ceramic tile project at a healthcare customer’s facility. See phenomenal before and after photos from the sheet vinyl and ceramic tile floors (wait ’til you see the grout photos!) and learn the process used. See photos here.
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A recent Facility Services Group floor care success story has been published as a case study by the manufacturer. Check out the downloadable PDF from Antron, and discover how FSG solved a carpet cleaning dilemma that had others stumped. View Antron Case Study.

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