Properly maintaining a commercial carpet does not have to be a time-consuming or costly proposition. There are several steps that you can take that will keep the surface as clean as possible for maximum health benefits, according to Zeftron, the branded nylon 6 yarn system. These include:
Step 1. Adopt a Maintenance Plan
Any good maintenance plan requires taking a strategic approach. Your carpet maintenance plan is no different. First, start out by using a floor plan to mark the different areas where there is carpet in your facility. From there, you should identify the level of foot traffic each area experiences. 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 Contract suggests vacuuming one time per day in high traffic areas such as entrances and break rooms. Low-traffic areas, such as private offices, only need vacuuming 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. In fact, 80 to 85 % of dry soil can be removed 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 Skip the Basics
Whether your building has a hard surface, a soft surface or a combination of both, any flooring type requires regular maintenance. Basic steps that should not be overlooked include:
- Stop Dirt at the Door — Place mats outside and inside building entryways to capture dirt and other particles before they enter the interior of the building.
- Catch Debris in High-Traffic Areas — Place textured mats underneath desks and in popular lounge areas, where there is a higher level of foot placement during the day. These mats will catch excess debris before it gets into the carpet.
- Ventilate — Try to ventilate your space with fresh air as often as possible by opening windows and doors.
Step 4. Use the Best Equipment and Resources
A carpet is a significant financial investment. 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. And be sure to use CRI’s Seal of Approval products, such as carpet cleaners, pre-spray and extraction products.