Cleanliness is a key feature of most kinds of religious facilities, regardless of faith or denomination. When a place of worship is clean, congregants may feel closer to a higher power and less distracted by earthly matters. If nothing else, a pristine facility provides improved air quality, promoting the health and safety of all congregants. While there are many surfaces to clean inside a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship, floors should remain a top priority. Floors can carry plenty of dirt, bacteria, and other contaminants, especially carpeting, which is soft and porous. Before gathering to pray, it’s crucial to ensure that your church features a truly clean commercial carpet.
Extracting dirt via carpet steaming is perhaps the most efficient way to keep your commercial carpets clean. That said, can a commercial carpet steamer clean your religious facility in time for worship? Let’s discuss how frequently you should steam clean your carpets, how long it takes, and how to ensure it gets done as quickly as possible without sacrificing lasting cleanliness.
There is no hard and fast rule for how often you should steam clean your carpeting. That said, the frequency with which you do so should be proportional to your congregation size and amount/regularity of foot traffic. Simply put, the more your carpets are used, the faster they’ll pick up dirt. If your church’s congregation is relatively small, its carpets might only require steam cleaning about once every six months or so. Meanwhile, larger and busier churches will benefit from quarterly (or even bi-monthly) steam cleaning. Staying on top of daily/weekly cleaning tasks like vacuuming will also help reduce the number of times you need to hire commercial carpet cleaning services in a given year.
No matter your religious facility’s size or level of activity, you don’t want steam cleaning to interfere with your services. So, how long does the process actually take from start to finish? Once again, the answer to this question depends on multiple factors. For starters, the duration of steam cleaning depends on how much surface area there is to cover. An average-sized carpeted room should take about 20-30 minutes to fully steam clean. Additionally, some commercial carpet steam cleaning machines are more efficient than others; what might take longer for an older machine can get done in about half the time by a new, high-quality one. Even if it doesn’t take long to clean every carpeted area in your church, however, it can take another 3-6 hours or so for each cleaned carpet to fully dry. Bearing this in mind, a full steam cleaning project can take the better portion of a day.
The current condition of your religious facility’s carpets also plays a role in how long it takes to clean them. As mentioned before, the more you do to maintain your carpets on a regular basis, the less time it will take to properly steam clean them.
If your place of worship holds services on a regular basis, you might struggle to find the right time to hire commercial steam cleaning services. After all, if the process ends up taking several hours, the job might not get done in time for worship. In most cases, this project can be started and finished during off-hours. If you’re still concerned about timing, however, there are ways to ensure that steam cleaning gets done as quickly as possible. In our recent blog, “How to Minimize Downtime While You Clean Commercial Carpet,” we discuss how keeping up with routine maintenance, using the right commercial carpet steam cleaner, properly scheduling your services, and hiring competent cleaners can minimize or eliminate interference altogether.
At The Budd Group, we have decades of experience maintaining and improving religious facilities of all kinds. Efficient carpet cleaning is just one of many services we offer our clients across all industries. To learn more about our services and values, give us a call today at 800-221-8158!
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