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Benefits of Planned Carpet Maintenance

You should consider your carpets as being one of the most important investments you can make to the look of your business premises, for that is what they essentially are – an investment. They are an asset that has had a cost implication to install and they are there to do a specific job for you. They are there to present an image and impression to your visitors and form an integral part of a clean, safe environment for your staff to work in. Maintaining your carpet regularly and properly means that it will continue to perform for you for the longest possible time. This way, you maximise the benefit of your investment.

A carpet that performs?
Depending on what you are using your carpet for (domestic, commercial, high-traffic area, plush seating area), you need to maintain different aspects. All carpets need to sit flat and even, and lie naturally into corners without any bunching or rolling. It is of paramount importance that carpets be clean, with any patterns being bright and clear.
The image and appearance of your carpet is a major first impression factor for your business. They are also a significant contribution to the feel of the working environment for your staff. There is an element of unprofessionalism to a stained carpet. It can be the cleanest carpet in existence, but if it is stained in any way it will adversely affect the look of the whole room it is covering. It would be very hard to maintain the professional image of your company with tired, worn and coffee-stained carpet in your reception area or meeting room.

Invest into your carpet
When considering the benefits of regular maintenance, the cost of replacement should be in the back of your mind. There is the purchase cost of course but there is also the cost of fitting, the time spent choosing the new product, the disposal of the old carpet and the disruption to your business when the actual replacement takes place.
A good quality carpet can last up to 15 years (more in some cases) and with regular maintenance it can retain its colour, brightness and foot feel for most of that time. Lesser quality carpets need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years and without any maintenance they may potentially need to be replaced even before then.

Cleaning caution
Using heavy duty cleaners will restore a tired carpet but repeated use can damage the fibres and lead to premature wear and tear and to the loss of that nice, quality of feel under foot. The need to use heavy cleaners can be significantly reduced through regular maintenance. Frequent light cleaning prevents the build-up of dirt and grease eliminating the need for harsh chemicals. Keeping on top of a light cleaning regime is the best way to prolong the useful life of your carpet and save you having to constantly reinvest in the professional image of your company’s flooring.

Planned Maintenance Versus On Demand Cleaning

In a high-use area, many commercial carpets can quickly lose their clean, quality appearance and wear out sooner than you expect. Slowing down the wear and tear on the carpet will mean your carpet will stay looking good for longer, as well as extend it’s life expectancy.

This is more important with commercial carpets were it is helping to pull together a professional and smart appearance for your business or office environment.

Cleaning up after a spill
Accidents do occur, and emergency cleaning on demand to remove spills and stains is a good idea, but if you want your carpet to maintain a good appearance year-round, then regular maintenance is better than a reactive approach when you experience an issue.

Within a corporate setting, carpeting is a major investment, and it’s purpose is to look smart and clean, disguising every-day dirt and grime that is brought in from the street. The problem is, once a carpet starts to look dirty, in truth it is already absolutely filthy!

When adequately maintained with regular professional cleaning, carpets can last for many years, and can keep their good appearance for longer. The long-term savings for the business will be greater if they invest in a regular schedule of maintenance rather than to simply clean their carpets once they start to look dirty.

Start as you mean to go on
As soon as you lay a carpet, it starts to become dirty from day one. Dust, grime and mud becomes embedded in the fibres of your carpet from everybody’s shoes, and once it starts accumulating, it takes much more time and effort to remove a thick layer of dirt in one go rather than prevent it from being built up in the first place through regular maintenance.

Leaving the dirt to build up to unacceptable levels within your carpet can actually lead to the carpet fibres becoming damaged. Once the dirt is cleaned away, your carpet will not be restored to it’s original condition because the ground in dirt and grime has been allowed to damage the carpets appearance.

When you set out to take care of your carpets from day one, you have to accept that while you will be spending money on your carpets maintenance regularly, you will save yourself a lot of money in the long-run because your carpets will last much longer, and you will not need to pay out to replace them completely after just a couple of years.

How often do you clean your carpets?
With a planned programme of maintenance, you can scale your regular cleaning routine to suit the needs of your business. For example, depending on how many people you have walking on your carpet on a daily basis, and whether you have specific areas of high traffic, such as running up to doorways and in hallways, some areas of carpet may require more regular scheduled maintenance than other areas.

How you set your schedule is entirely up to you, and it can range from something as simple as once per quarter for offices that receive light foot falls, to once per month for areas of heavy traffic. A domestic carpet may only need once every six months to remove the dirt and dust from family use, but may need a more frequent schedule if the family have animals, or spend a lot of time outdoors and track back in lots of soil and dirt.

You can devise a simple survey that monitors foot traffic over a set period of time to work out the average wear and tear for the year, and create a regular maintenance schedule from your results.

When contacting a professional carpet cleaning company, they will need to come out and inspect your property to assess the right level of cleaning that is needed before they can give you a quote for the work needed.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Versus Residential Carpet Cleaning

When comparing commercial carpet cleaning to domestic or residential carpet cleaning, you have to understand the difference between carpet cleaning and carpet maintenance.

Many people will buy or hire a domestic carpet cleaner for their home after they have had an accident, or spill something on their carpet that leaves a stain. They will buy or hire a cleaner as an emergency measure to remove the stain and give their home carpets a bit of a freshen up.

Most people will have their domestic carpets cleaned quite regularly, but only a few will actually plan to have their carpets maintained.

You could say that carpet cleaning is viewed simply as a first aid treatment to solve a problem, such as removing stains, and brightening up carpet that get a lot of use, such as doorways and hallways.

Commercial carpet cleaning is different
You cannot compare the amount of foot traffic that a domestic carpet receives in a day to one that is situated in a busy commercial or industrial setting, for example a busy airport can see thousands of passengers walking on their carpeted areas per day, but an average home will only see minimal footfall in comparison.
With commercial carpets, you have to think along the lines of carpet maintenance rather than carpet cleaning, and keep the idea in your head that “prevention is better than cure” so it is better to regularly clean commercial carpets to maintain their good looks and prevent problems from building up.

The type of foot traffic makes a difference
Even though a commercial carpet will receive more wear and tear than a residential carpet, the type of foot traffic that a commercial carpet receives will also vary a lot too. A carpet that is situated in an industrial building will be prone to soiling from their day to day industrial practices, and would be far more prone to accumulating dirt and grime than would a carpet from an office building or doctors surgery.

There is also general weather conditions and the location of the carpet to the main entrance to consider. A carpet leading to the doors of a busy shop or department store will attract a lot of soiling carried in from the street beyond, especially when it is raining.

Frequency and quality of cleaning
Where a residential carpet may only get a good cleaning when an emergency happens, an industrial or commercial carpet may well have a regular maintained cleaning schedule in place, sometimes even on a daily basis for really busy settings. Commercial carpet cleaning will take place routinely regardless of an emergency occurring.

Routine carpet maintenance will lead to a better looking carpet that keeps it’s integrity for much longer, and will often mean the carpet will last much longer as a result. This also will apply to domestic carpets too – if they are looked after well and treated to regular restorative deep cleaning, the results will speak for themselves.