Cleaning Tip for September

4 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Carpet

Businesses often choose to invest in carpeting for its warmth and inviting feel. It’s only natural to want that investment to last and look great as long as possible.

1. Mats- Place mats at high traffic areas, particularly entrances. Mats can protect your carpet from damage caused by dirt coming in and out of your building. They are smaller and easier to clean than an entire carpet, and they can stop a significant amount of debris from ever making it into your building. Make sure your maintenance professional is cleaning the mats on a regular basis, though, to maximize efficacy.

2. Vacuuming- Dry vacuuming is the best way to remove dry soils such as dirt, dust, sand, and gravel. High frequency vacuuming removes a high percentage of these dry soils before they can slip into the carpet’s pile and cause damage.

3. Spot Cleaning- Spills do happen. Our recommendation is to blot, not rub, the spill with a clean white towel. This will remove much of the spill without damaging your carpet fibers.

4. Steam Clean in the Spring and Fall- Revitalize the appearance of your carpet with semi-annual steam cleaning. Research shows that steam cleaning provides the best results due to high temperatures and pressure. Oily residue is removed, and appearance is noticeably improved.

Studies prove carpets that are maintained well last 3-4 years longer than those that are not maintained. You gain the benefits of aesthetically pleasing flooring, improved air quality, and expense reduction.

If you have questions about how a carpet maintenance routine can be implemented in your place of business,¬†contact Landrum’s Services¬†today.

School Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Children and toxic chemicals don’t mix. With the sheer numbers of children in class rooms, cafeterias, and gyms, many custodial services are overwhelmed with cleaning and maintenance problems. The growing dangers of superbug and flu strains post a challenge to schools and families, as well, and schools are the perfect breeding ground for these germs.

Unfortunately, most custodial companies use “industrial strength” cleaners that throw off toxic fumes into the air. ¬†Children can be affected by these toxic cleaners through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion. The side effects are many, with some of the most serious being headaches, nausea, and the worsening of asthma conditions.

Here are some signs that your child may be suffering from poor air quality at school:

1. Your child starts the day healthy, but develops a headache or nausea during the school day.

2. Your child comes home from school angry, itchy, tired, or sick.

3. Your child uses more asthma medication during the school day.

4. Your child comes home with odd odors on his or her clothing.

Here are some tips to follow if you are a school administrator or custodian:

Reduce Grime and Dirt

1. Wet mop instead of using a dry broom. This reduces dust.

2. Ban carpets and rugs, use only hard surfaces for flooring and walls.

3. Ban the use of cleaning chemicals brought from home.

4. Keep garbage cans away from fresh air intakes.

5. Place “walk-off” mats at each entrance to decrease dirt from shoes.

Purchase Safer Cleaning Products

1. Make sure your cleaning products have been green by independent third parties. Many companies make invalid claims about the safety of their products.

2. Choose products with the lowest possible hazard rating on their Material Safety Data Sheet.

3. Avoid products with fragrances, odors, and dyes, as they can be irritating.

If you are a school administrator who is looking for ways to make your building safer, there are many resources for you.


Green Seal at

Environmental Choice Program at for green rated products.

The maintenance professionals at Landrum’s Services provides solutions to schools in Indiana, and we are available to answer any of your questions. Call us at 317.228.0780 or email us at