Carpets used in commercial settings tend to show signs of wear faster than the average domestic carpet. Whether these are at schools, offices or in public spaces like libraries or restaurants, we tend to find that different carpets need different care plans.
What all carpets do have in common, however, is that they are all the ideal host for bacteria and allergens. This is why caring for your carpets through regular inspection and maintenance will make all the difference to how long they last.
If you’ve just moved into a new establishment, and you’re not sure about your carpet’s cleaning history, there are a few ways you can check whether it’s time to clean your carpet.
Check Your Carpets
Is there a smell in the room? A carpet with odours will affect the entire smell of a room and can hardly go unnoticed. Smell is a good indicator of the growth of bacteria and mould in your carpet, and higher footfall areas are likely to smell more than other areas so be sure to check these areas first.
Scrub-test a small area of the carpet. Again, choose a higher footfall area. If this area leaves a significant contrast in shade between the scrub test area and the rest of the carpet – your carpet needs a deep clean.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
How regularly you clean your carpets will depend on how regularly they are used and by whom. Children and pets, polished shoes, hiking boots and work boots all contribute to how regularly a carpet will need cleaning.
Higher footfall means cleaning more often than a lighter one. Higher footfall areas might include entryways, backdoors, main hallways and reception areas, and will need vacuuming daily.
Medium footfall areas will only need vacuuming around two or three times per week. This might be hallways, floors higher up in the building, and offices.
Light footfall areas only need to be vacuumed once a week.
Deeper vacuuming is something most businesses do only once a month. It involves vacuuming hard to reach corners, under desks and between cabinets using crevice tool attachments.
If your cleaning takes place while the area is in use, a cordless vacuum cleaner with industrial cleaning capabilities is your best bet. Remember to maintain your vacuum cleaner by replacing its brushes, cleaning its filter and cleaning out or replacing the vacuum bag when half full.
Creating a vacuuming schedule that suits the level of footfall in your premises and sticking to it will make sure that you maximise the longevity of your carpets and keep them presentable at all times.
Carpet Maintenance Checklist
Short, medium and long-term maintenance jobs all make up an effective carpet care maintenance plan.
Spills that are left uncleaned can result in permanent damage. The same goes for chewing gum treaded in from the outside and transferred onto the carpet from the underside of a shoe. Spot cleaning a spill or removing chewing gum off a carpet as soon as it’s noticed will extend its lifespan. Using a dedicated carpet spot cleaner or chewing gum remover will be the most effective products for this task.
Deodorise Your Carpets
If the presence of odours is an indication of bacteria growing in your carpet, then deodorising your carpets means removing growing bacteria. This can be achieved by doing a deep clean, or if that’s not an option, and you need something to help eliminate smells in the meantime, a carpet deodoriser is your best bet.
A deep clean involves extracting built up dirt from under the carpet. A heavily used carpet will need a deep clean every six months, while a less frequently used carpet should be cleaned every 12–18 months.
If you find that your carpets need cleaning more regularly, it might be worth investing in your own carpet cleaning machine. Hot water extraction and dry cleaning are the most popular and effective methods for deep cleaning your carpets and carpet shampoos and other commercial carpet cleaning products can be purchased in bulk.
Taking the time to care for your carpets in the short term by cleaning up spills instantly, vacuuming regularly, and deep cleaning it according to how much footfall it sees will not only keep it looking and smelling great but also mean it’ll need replacing less often, saving your business money in the long term.