4 Steps to Good Carpet Care: Breaking Down the PDIR Cleaning Process

Carpet cleaning is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy indoor environment, but with the PDIR cleaning process, it can be managed in a way that is both effective and efficient.

PDIR cleaning is a 4-step comprehensive carpet care program that can help your facility focus on the most efficient and cost effective cleaning practices. The process is based on the concept that regular care is more effective than one-time cleanings, as a carpet care program that operates on the premise of preventative, daily, and interim maintenance.

PDIR stands for Preventative, Daily Interim, and Restorative – the first letters of these fundamental cleaning functions. In this blog post, we’ll look at each step of the PDIR cleaning process and how it can benefit your facility.


Preventative Cleaning:

The first step in implementing the PDIR cleaning protocol is preventative cleaning. This involves taking steps to protect carpets and flooring from soiling in the first place by making sure that you are doing whatever you can to tackle the problem of dirt, dust, and debris in the outside areas of your facility before it has a chance to settle into carpets or other floorings.

Pavements, car parks, and outdoor public areas adjacent to the entrance of your facility can all accumulate a great deal of dirt that can easily be tracked into your building on the feet of employees, customers, and visitors. Studies show that thoroughly cleaning outdoor spaces can aid in reducing the levels of dirt carried into buildings by up to almost 70%. Implementing a good preventative cleaning program that involves regular sweeping, vacuuming, and pressure washing of these areas can help to keep your carpets looking cleaner for longer. Tackling the main source of dirt in this way also has a major impact on reducing the amount of time and money that you need to spend on interim and restorative cleaning steps later on.


Daily Maintenance Cleaning:

Once you have taken steps to prevent soiling of your carpets and flooring, the PDIR cleaning process will then require you to clean them on a daily basis. Daily carpet care involves performing routine vacuuming of floors and carpets, as well as spot cleaning any areas that have become soiled. This serves to prevent permanent damage being caused by dirt being left on the surface of carpets and floorings, as well as helping to keep your facility looking clean and tidy.

Daily vacuuming is one of the most effective ways to remove dirt, dust, and other allergens. Using the correct equipment is also essential for getting the best results and avoiding matting and flattening the carpet pile.


Intermediate Cleaning:

The next step is intermediate cleaning. This involves performing a more thorough clean of all areas of your facility on an interim basis and is an important function even when daily cleaning is being carried out.

Interim cleanings at regular intervals helps to maintain the appearance and condition of your carpets and flooring and also reduces the time required for both daily, and more extensive restorative, cleaning. The costs associated with deep cleaning are also greatly reduced when this step is included in the process.


Restorative Cleaning:

Finally, an intensive restorative clean of all areas should be carried out at wider intervals in order to restore flooring to its original condition and level of slip resistance. Professional methods such as spray extraction and steaming utilizing the correct equipment and detergents can be extremely effective in achieving this and can prolong the life of your carpets and flooring by years.

Restorative cleaning is the most time and labor-intensive of the four steps, however, if all of the other steps in the process are implemented, the regularity of this step can be reduced allowing for significant cost savings.



If you are looking to maximize the appearance of your facility and maintain a healthy and safe working environment while minimizing long-term costs, you should aim to make PDIR cleaning a fundamental part of your facility’s maintenance program. This proven process provides a comprehensive and effective approach to prolong the life of your carpets, reduce costs and ensure that they remain fit for purpose throughout their lifecycle. By following a PDIR-based approach to carpet maintenance and following these four steps, you can be sure that your carpets will receive the care they need to look good and perform well for years to come.