Carpeting is a common flooring choice for all sorts of workplace settings, especially offices. A carpeted floor is comfortable, safe, aesthetically pleasing, noise-reducing, and energy-efficient, thanks to insulative qualities. Like any other type of flooring, however, proper maintenance is required to continue reaping these rewards. Carpets won’t take care of themselves, after all, and if your facility experiences high levels of activity on a regular basis, your carpets can quickly deteriorate and cause more problems for your business than they’re worth. Conversely, taking good care of your carpeted floors can bolster your bottom line in more ways than one.
Here are five key reasons to always stay on top of commercial carpet care at your facility.
All floors gather their fair share of dirt and debris throughout the day. That said, carpeted floors absorb and retain higher levels of debris than hard floors. Carpets are soft and porous, meaning tiny particles cling to and enter the various nooks and crannies present in the fabric. Thicker carpets with looser fabric (e.g., wool) retain more of this filth than their more resilient counterparts (e.g., nylon). Still, all types of carpeting are candidates for this absorption. Consider the wide range of sources that may gunk up your office’s carpeting on a daily basis: shoes, food waste (crumbs), spilled liquids, flaking skin, insects, dust – the list goes on and on.
While these contaminants may land on other surfaces such as desks, keyboards, chairs, and tables, gravity will ensure that most debris eventually winds up on your floors. Knowing this, carpet care is one of the most crucial components of commercial cleaning. If you want to maintain a clean facility, on the whole, you must prioritize the cleanliness of your carpeting. If you neglect this carpet care, even small amounts of grime can foster the spread of bacteria and other germs that put everyone at risk. All of this dirt is an eyesore, too, which we’ll explore next.
Maintaining a stunning and welcoming workspace is a multi-faceted effort that involves cleaning virtually every surface. As mentioned above, however, much of this building maintenance starts and ends with your floors. Even the most pristine walls, furnishings, and decor will lose their luster when contrasted with a filthy floor. Likewise, clean carpeting elevates the rest of your interior space, even if some aspects could use some attention. This effect has to do with the fact that your carpeting takes up so much surface area and visual real estate. Sure, people might not stare at the floors all day, but your flooring is almost always in peripheral view. So, if you’ve been neglecting carpet care, occupants will take notice – if not consciously, then subconsciously. Do your interiors a favor by keeping clean carpets day in and day out.
The materials that stick to and burrow into your carpeting aren’t just eyesores – they’re also health hazards. Indeed, the condition of carpeting is a major contributor to your building’s overall indoor air quality (IAQ). When contaminants cling to your carpeting, allergy-inducing particles linger inside, causing skin irritation, respiratory issues, fatigue, and more. Poor IAQ will affect some individuals more than others, but maintaining a high IAQ rating is crucial for keeping all occupants healthy and happy (it may also be necessary for compliance purposes). Keeping your carpets clean is just one of many ways to enhance and maintain your building’s IAQ. In addition, install an IAQ monitoring system to keep track of key parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, particle counts, carbon monoxide levels, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and more; update and maintain your HVAC and air purification systems; and improve ventilation by opening doors and windows when optimal.
This fourth reason for keeping up with commercial floor maintenance stems from the previous one. After all, health and safety are two sides of the same coin, and properly caring for your commercial carpeting improves both health and safety outcomes. You don’t just want occupants to breathe better – you want them to get from point A to point B safely and efficiently, too. Slips, trips, and falls are all too common due to poor floor maintenance. Fortunately, most carpets feature a high coefficient of friction, meaning pedestrians can more easily keep their feet on the ground. If, however, your office carpeting is dislodged, torn, lumpy, or otherwise, in a state of disrepair, the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls goes way up. In this sense, carpet care isn’t just about cleanliness but also orderliness. Facility managers should regularly inspect carpets for damage and other underlying problems that might put people in harm’s way during the day. Addressing these issues early on can prevent numerous workplace incidents and streamline operations on the whole.
If you continually neglect your commercial carpets, they will eventually require such significant restoration (if not replacement) that you’ll wish you had stayed on top of regular maintenance all along. Put simply, it’s more cost-effective in the long run to maintain clean carpets (even if it means hiring commercial carpet cleaning services to handle daily, weekly, or periodic duties) than it is to wait until your carpets are desperate for deep cleaning or more. Business owners and managers understand the importance of cutting costs, and keeping up with carpet care is one way to protect your bottom line.
Your carpets are more important to your business’ well-being than you might have realized. If you’ve been falling behind on your facility’s carpet care protocols, The Budd Group is here to help. To learn more about our services and values, give us a call today at 800-221-8158!
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