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By Hannah Doherty
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Specialist Versus Contract Cleaner

The Contract Cleaner:

The Contract Cleaner can be likened to a ‘Jack of all Trades’. Their main business is usually dealing with the daily/periodic cleaning of commercial buildings. Carpets and upholstery fabrics in a commercial environment are totally different to those in the domestic environment.

For a start these carpets have to be able to withstand far heavier foot traffic therefore they are often comprised of heavy duty synthetic fibres or in public buildings they may be 100% Wool. Cleaning these carpets is often treated as an extension to hard floor cleaning and may entail using high heat and strong chemicals. The cleaning procedures are almost always price orientated (the cheapest quote is the one accepted) this means that time is of the essence. The job has to be completed as quickly as possible in order to make a profit…this sometimes means taking short cuts!

The Professional Specialist Cleaner:

The Professional Specialist Cleaner will have acquired a far wider range of knowledge to enable them to deal with the more delicate fibres found in most people’s houses. A far great degree of care has to be used to obtain a satisfactory result for the customer without causing any damage.

The fibre blends found in domestic carpets and upholstery fabrics are varied, the professional specialist cleaning technician should carry out a series of tests to determine the correct method to use and the appropriate cleaning agents to use.

Fabrics and fibre blends are changing all the time therefore it is up to the Specialist Professional Cleaner to keep abreast of current trends in soft furnishings. They must be able to recognise the different fibres and ‘know’ how they are likely to react to cleaning.

The final phase of the cleaning operation should be the rinse action to ensure that all the pre-treatment cleaning agents are removed leaving the cleaned items perfectly clean and safe.

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Hannah Doherty

Hannah does a little bit of everything needed to keep the office running smoothly. She has working in the business for over 8 years now and, as she is Tom's daughter has been around Aqua-Dry her whole life. Hannah keeps track of clients, jobs and customer service as well as everything else! Read More

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