Should Professional Carpet Cleaners Vacuum Before Service

This is a simple question but most office managers and homeowners don’t always know the importance of vacuuming before a carpet cleaning service. Anywhere from 75-85% of the job is first removing dry soil.

If you think about it, this makes perfect sense. Imagine adding water to a glass full of dirt. That dirt would turn into mud and this is what happens with carpet cleaning.

Dry soil is easier and more cost effective to remove with a professional vacuum. We recommend that carpet be dry vacuumed thoroughly with several strokes in each direction, especially in heavy traffic lanes. 

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Aggressive use of a commercial upright commercial vac with a beater bar and a HEPA filter will give great results. If dry vacuuming isn’t done properly, it will take more cleaning solutions, water, and time to finish carpet cleaning.

Also vacuuming prevents wicking and using too much water. In short it is faster and easier to remove dry soil than to remove mud.

The use of a brush system is especially important in office buildings where the soil is so compacted into this tiny little fiber. Commercial cleaning creates specific challenges

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Importance of Regular Vacuuming

Vacuuming is the single most important aspect of any carpet cleaning program. Your carpet takes a beating every single day of the week and with each step that someone takes, new deposits of dirt are transferred from the soles of their feet and shoes on to the carpet.

At first, those dirt deposits are at the surface, however, if left alone, they will eventually work their way down into the carpet fibers through carpet sub-structure. Once deposited into the depth of carpet fibers, those little grains of sand and dirt work like tiny razor blades, cutting away at the strands of carpet fabric each time someone steps on them.


Regular vacuuming helps to prevent dirt and grime form becoming embedded into the carpet fibers and sub-structure, and is by far the easiest and most cost effective carpet cleaning method available. Also, regular vacuuming keeps you aware of your carpet condition and alerts you of unknown spills and stains that may require immediate professional attention.