Most restaurants have heavily patterned carpeting for a reason—a multitude of colors and a jumbled design are great camouflage for areas that are prone to soiling. No matter how much mud gets tracked in or how much food the diners drop, the patterns and colors in the carpet help mask the stains and make them harder to spot. For less observant restaurant managers, this leads to carpeting that grows mildew and mold, gives off unpleasant odors, and harbors bacteria that can affect the health of both your customers and your employees. Restaurant carpet cleaning can be a difficult job—but with the right tools and techniques, your staff can get your carpeting clean and keep it that way.
How It Happens
Restaurant carpeting is especially prone to stains and soiling. It all begins with aerosol grease. Any amount of cooking with oil causes microscopic drops of grease to be suspended in the air. This grease floats around your restaurant, and some of it will eventually migrate out into the dining room and settle on the carpeting. This greasy residue is both a magnet for dirt and a food source for bacteria, and the longer you leave the carpeting unclean, the worse the problem becomes.
On top of the grease residue lies the results of hundreds of diners using your restaurant. Dressing gets dripped near the salad bar, drinks get spilled in aisles and under tables, and children drop food on the floor. The result is a large, moist mess that adds to the bacterial growth, making the odor problem even worse. After a surprisingly short period, this stops being a cleaning problem and starts being a financial one, as customers will stop showing up when your dining room smells like mildew.
The Right Tools
The only way to successfully clean a restaurant carpet is to use a carpet extraction tool designed specifically for carpeting. A cleaning solution is sprayed onto the carpet and allowed to work for a set time. Then a powerful carpet wand sucks up the cleaning solution and the soil along with it, leaving the floor free of dirt and grease. Many restaurants hire expensive commercial carpet cleaning companies to perform this service, but they're wasting money in the long run. Employees can learn to use Kaivac's No-Touch Cleaning system in a matter of minutes, and you can institute a regular schedule of restaurant carpet cleaning to make sure it stays fresh, clean, and attractive to your customers.
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