Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Commercial Carpet Maintenance

Your carpeting can be a significant capital investment for your business and it should be protected to give you the long lasting performance it was made for. Poor maintenance can mean replacing your carpeting rather frequently creating a growing burden to your bottom line. There are three points in particular that this article will cover. They are:

• Strategy to reduce soil reaching your carpeting
• Regular removal of soil from your carpeting
• Immediate cleaning to remove spots and spills

Strategy to Reduce Soil Reaching Your Carpeting

Your strategy to reduce soiling to your commercial office space has to begin by looking outside of your building to your surrounding area. Do your employees and visitors park on pavement, blacktop, grass or some type of shell, rocks and dirt combo? Whatever the case may be, you can certainly begin with proper maintenance of those surfaces.

For concrete sidewalks and paved parking areas, have your outdoor maintenance team use a blower to remove excess dirt and grass on a regular basis. Also use a weed killer on pavement separations to prevent growth of weeds that would collect more debris. For surfaces other than paved areas it’s good to have those areas properly graded to assure good rainwater runoff.

Then depending on the surface that your visitors must traverse to enter your building you may need to provide an in-ground shoe brush or high quality carpet mats. These two tools can greatly reduce the amount of dirt, soil and moisture that reach your office carpeting. There are two types of floor mats. One is designed to knock off and trap dirt and the other is designed to absorb water. The two make a great team in protecting your office carpeting. The one designed for dirt should welcome visitors first as they come to your entry from the outside and then the water absorption mat should be inside the entry for wiping shoes dry. Be sure to include these mats in your regular maintenance cleaning schedule or they will quickly become ineffective.

Regular Removal of Soil From Your Carpeting

For your regular maintenance of removing soil from your carpeting you should consider three tasks; vacuuming, pile lifting and steam cleaning. Each of these tasks need to be on a recurring schedule that can be determined by simply observing your carpet over time. A sample schedule could be to have the carpet vacuumed twice a week; pile lifted in the traffic areas once every two weeks and steam cleaned every 3 months.

The key to successfully maintaining your carpet is to assure these tasks are completed on a regular basis. When that happens your carpet will last longer and save you money.

Immediate Cleaning to Remove Spots and Spills

Spots and spills are incidents that occur on occasion and without warning but you can still be prepared for them when they arrive. Be sure to have a good carpet stain remover on hand and follow the directions carefully when you use it.

In general always take care of spills and spots as soon as they happen. You can use a spoon to scoop up as much of a food spill as possible. Then use your carpet stain remover to take care of the remaining spot. For liquid spills, use a towel to blot the area. Don’t scrub or it could cause fraying in the carpet and make it appear fuzzy. Then use your carpet stain remover.

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