Maintaining carpet in a commercial building does not have to be time-consuming or costly. There are several steps that you can take that will keep carpets clean as possible for maximum health benefits, according to Zeftron, the maker of branded nylon 6 yarn system. These include:
Step 1. Adopt a Maintenance Plan
Any effective plan to maintain your carpets requires taking a strategic approach. Your carpet maintenance plan should be no different. Entry ways, for example, will have higher foot traffic than a seldom-used office.
Once you know your building’s foot traffic patterns, you can tailor a carpet care schedule. Shaw Floors (one of the worlds largest maker of carpet and floor covering products), suggests vacuuming at least one time per day in high traffic areas. Low-traffic areas only need vacuuming a minimum of two times a week.
Step 2. Use Proper Vacuuming Techniques
According to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), regular vacuuming is one of the most proven ways to keep carpet clean. Doing so regularly also ensures your carpet will continue to trap airborne particles and allergens, enhancing the air quality of your commercial space. Most building owners or facility managers have a hard time grasping the concept that carpet acts as a giant filter to trap unwanted particles that would otherwise be airborne. Over half of dry soil can be removed from a carpet by proper vacuuming. The CRI recommends several tips for effective vacuuming, including vacuuming in both directions and vacuuming slowly. Shaw Contract also has a list of carpet maintenance tips, as well as a suggested schedule for carpet care in commercial spaces.
Step 3. Don’t Ignore the Basics
Whether your building has a hard surface flooring or a soft surface it will require regular maintenance. There is no such thing as a completely maintenance free floor. A major basic step that should not be ignored:
Using a matting system – Place mats outside and inside building entryways to capture dirt and other particles before they enter the interior of the building. This will also help catch dirt and debris in high-traffic areas.
Boot Scrapers/Boot Brush Cleaners – Boot scrapers made from Coir material will be able to get into the small crevices on boots and remove any dirt there without missing spots. Additionally, a benefit of this type of material is that the coir is so tightly woven that it holds onto any debris that it removes from the bottom of boots and shoes.
Step 4. Use the Best Equipment and Resources
A carpet is a significant financial investment and unless you plan on doing some renovations you want to get the full life expectancy from the carpet. It also serves as an important design element. And, as we’ve learned, it also supports healthier and safer interiors for occupants. Protect this investment by following the steps above.