Have you ever actually thought about carpet maintenance? If you’re like most people, probably not. But take a second and actually think about it. Carpet is a heavy textile that lines the floors of where we live, work, and play. It’s found everywhere from hospitals to living rooms to offices. Now think about the people that walk on it every day. Carpet absorbs what we bring indoors from the outside including odors, dirt, and dust.
When we actually do carpet maintenance, when do we do it? It’s usually reactionary. If it’s dirty, we clean it. If it’s worn, we replace it. If it gets boring, we sometimes change it. But what if we prevented these things from happening in the first place? We’ve all heard that prevention is better than a cure, and this could not be any more accurate when it comes to carpet maintenance. Preventative carpet maintenance is simply taking proactive steps against reducing the wear and tear on your flooring investment and creating a healthier working environment.
Below is a checklist of things to consider regarding preventative carpet maintenance:
Use exterior and interior matting. All companies have high traffic areas, which can draw in soil and dirt from the outside. By using floor mats and choosing easy-to-clean flooring around workplace entrances, it reduces the wear on the carpet in those areas. Creating a walk-off of 10-12 feet can also greatly reduce problems.
Use chair pads. The wheels on most office chairs can damage carpet. It can tear the fiber and be costly to repair. By using chair pads, you can reduce the strain on carpet and eliminate potential expensive repairs. Chair pads can be purchased from any major office supplier or flooring expert.
Vacuum your carpet regularly. While it may seem like a “no brainer,” having a regular vacuuming routine for your carpet can protect your investment and extend the look of your flooring. Without an adequate vacuum plan, the overall look of your facility will become unacceptable. It’s also important to have a vacuum that can handle the size of your workplace. It’s recommended to use a dual motor upright vacuum approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute.
Implement a repair program. One of the most important things you can do is have a repair program in place before you install new carpet. Having a repair program ensures that should your carpet need to be repaired or replaced, you have a professional ready to remedy the problem.
While these are just a few things you should consider when thinking about carpet maintenance, it’s best to consult with a professional to make sure all of your commercial carpet flooring needs are being met.