REACT offers FM companies outsourced specialist cleaning services on a contract or ad hoc basis, including carpet and upholstery cleaning.
With the diverse facilities they manage, FM companies need to focus on cleaning in a lot of different areas. Outsourcing to specialists for these tasks can free up in-house resources to prioritise other areas of the business. And here at REACT, we’re used to providing a broad range of outsourced specialist cleaning services that meet all those cleaning needs. From the outside of windows at the top of a building, to the ducting in the basement, we can provide excellent, value-for-money cleaning services. In the first of an occasional series on specialist cleaning for FM companies, we look at carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning.
What we can cover in floor and furniture coverings
When it comes to modern commercial buildings, you wouldn’t necessarily think of carpets and soft furnishings. They’re much more characterised by glass and steel exteriors, and hard finishes to floors and walls. But for FM companies in a wide range of business sectors, carpets and upholstery are still a massive part of their furniture and fittings. And maintaining those areas to the highest standards can make all the difference in projecting the right image for an FM company.
Of course, our job is much more than running a vacuum cleaner over the floor to keep carpets at their cleanest. Unsightly and unhygienic stains on floors and furnishings need to be addressed to maintain standards. Modern materials and finishes on fabrics can include some stain-resistant technology. Even so, it’s still a specialist job to address the scale of cleaning needed across a big building.
How we work on carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning
We provide an array of specialist carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning services. Depending on the type of building, the footfall, and the nature of the fabrics, we can use a variety of methods. We focus on three cleaning methods:
Hot water extraction cleaning (steam carpet and upholstery cleaning) uses high-pressure hot water to agitate carpet fibres and dissolve dirt. We’d often recommend it for an office environment and advise cleaning to take place in late afternoon or evening so the carpet can be left to dry overnight.
Foam encapsulation uses synthetic detergents as a base that will loosen dirt particles in carpet fibres and crystallize into powder form when it dries, which can then be vacuumed or brushed. It’s an environmentally friendly approach as there is less chemical residue left behind after cleaning compared to carpet shampooing. However, it’s not appropriate for thorough cleaning of heavily soiled carpet.
Dry cleaning (compound cleaning) applies a cleaning compound or powder into the bottom part of carpet. By using a motorized counter-rotating brush machine to open up carpet fibres, the compound can settle inside. The cleaning compound is typically made of biodegradable material that works like micro-sponges, which absorbs dissolved dirt and is removed at the end of the process. We’d recommend dry carpet cleaning for commercial spaces that need to operate 24/7, as disruption during cleaning is minimal.
When FM companies might need our help
Our fully vetted, experienced operators can be available 24/7 for FM companies on a contract or ad hoc basis. It may be a localised area of carpet, or all the chairs in an entire floor space. We can provide a regular scheduled clean, or act in response to a spillage, flood, or other emergency. We utilise common sense, innovation, and leading products to ensure consistent and lasting results, in short timescales and at competitive rates.
They are plenty of specific instances where our carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning services come into their own. One example is smoke damage after a fire. Soot is oily and stains very easily so removing it is always a priority for us. We use a variety of different methods to completely eradicate soot and smells, including air blasting, pressure washing, steam cleaning and dry soot sponging. With upholstered furniture, we’ll be thorough but gentle, to ensure that we don’t strip off any finishes or cause further damage. And for carpets and curtains, we’ll focus on cleaning and de-odorising, as the smell of smoke can linger.
To find out more about REACT Specialist Cleaning and our carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning services for FM companies, contact one of the team today.
Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the CEO of REACT Group plc., a business dedicated to specialist cleaning, hygiene, and decontamination. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.