Carpeting is warm and welcoming, which makes it an ideal choice for both residential and commercial floor coverings. Like any floor covering, carpeting gets dirty from liquids, soil and more. In order to clean them properly and keep carpets looking fresh and new for as long as possible, clients need to learn about the different types of soil. Therefore, there are two types that can affect carpeting—insoluble soils and soluble soils.
Insoluble soil is debris that can by physically handled and need picked up to remove. Some examples of insoluble soil include dirt, dust, sand, and grit. These are definitely going to add to the wear and tear on a carpet, making it look dirty and matted. The best way to remove it is by vacuuming. The vacuum lifts the dirt and debris out of the carpet fibers, leaving them clean and strong. If liquids blend with this kind of dirt, it can create a mud or slime that coats the fibers. It’s much easier and more efficient to removed dry particles than wet ones.
Soluble is something that can dissolve in water or a cleaning solution. Some examples of soluble soils are ice melt, beverages, cooking oil and paint. These soluble soils can be removed from carpet fibers using a blend of water and cleaning products. When treated properly, the soluble soil comes clean and leaves behind no trace.