Many business owners choose hard-flooring over carpeted office space because of their belief that carpeted flooring just doesn’t last, or is too difficult to maintain. Indeed, common worries include fading, mildew, and odour problems.
In truth, however, properly maintained carpeting not only has a long lifespan, but offers additional benefits, such as trapping dust and bacteria that hard-flooring allow to be kicked back up into the air every time someone walks across them. Carpeted flooring can also help absorb background noise, and is easier on the feet or joints of anyone spending a lot of time standing on or walking across it all day.
Of course, reaping the benefits of office carpeting also means properly maintaining them. And whether you outsource to a professional carpet cleaning company like MOM, or rely on your own internal janitorial staff, there are four things that should be looked after to ensure that your office carpets remain clean, sanitary, and presentable for years to come.
Carpet Cleaning Frequency
Most facilities have the wherewithal to have some kind of deep-clean carpet-care plan in place. Under many of these plans, though, carpets are cleaned only when they visibly look unclean, which is often too little too late.
Just as carpets can trap harmful dust and bacteria, they can also hide a lot of the dirt they hold. Too much of a build-up of dirt in your carpets can not only lead to an unsanitary work environment, but has an abrasive effect on the carpet itself, which leads to premature wear-and-tear and colour fading.
So whether you’re relying on a janitorial company or internal staff to maintain your carpets, they should be familiar with usage trends, such as seasonal considerations (e.g. winter boots) so that they can plan to clean accordingly.
Know Your Carpet
What this calls for is a plan with a cleaning schedule that provides for your carpet’s specific needs. What does this mean? It’s all about location.
First, it is important to identify high-traffic areas. Main-walkways, industrial areas, and first floor areas near building exits require much more frequent care than upper-floor carpeting, for example.
Transition areas also should be considered. This includes carpeting inside or directly outside elevators, around escalators, or anywhere in a facility that carpeted floor meets hard-surface.
The best way of maintaining and preserving your carpeted floor is to supplement deep-clean care programs with frequent vacuuming. If you follow the same high-traffic and transition-areas with consistent vacuuming, your carpeting will look better day-to-day and will get even more out of the cleanse when it is deep-cleaned.
A rake is a broom-like carpet-grooming tool whose use is extremely effective prior to vacuuming. This gadget scrapes off soils that have become attached to carpet fibers while also breaking up other dirt and contaminants that rest closer to the surface of the carpet. This allows the soil particles to be removed much more easily when vacuuming, providing yet another way for your carpeting to look and stay more clean and healthy day in and day out.
A carpeted workspace offers a variety of benefits, but to enjoy them, it has to be maintained. Just as you’d sweep and mop hard-flooring in varying degrees, carpeting needs to be looked after, as well.
Whether you have an in-house custodial staff or are using a janitorial service like MOM Cleaning, you need to ensure that your carpets are vacuumed frequently and deep-cleaned regularly, and receive the attention they need based on where they are and who’s using them. Doing so will help you maintain the sage and stylish workspace that your business needs to flourish.