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Cleaning Your Commercial Carpet

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

How should you clean your commercial carpet to keep it looking good and give it the longest possible lifespan?


Regular vacuuming is one of the most effective (and cost-effective) ways of removing dirt from your carpeting. But you have to make sure it’s done right. That means using the right vacuum and going slowly over the carpet in both east/west and north/south directions.

How often should you vacuum your carpets?

  • For heavy traffic areas like entrances and ground floor halls, you’ll definitely want to vacuum daily.
  • Areas with medium traffic like general offices areas or corridors should ideally be vacuumed daily, or at least 3-4 times a week.
  • Lower traffic areas like conference rooms and executive offices can usually be done weekly, unless they see a high amount of traffic.

Spot Cleaning

Individual stains can really diminish the usable life of carpet. Removing dirt is one thing, but getting out a stain that’s set can be a real challenge. Stains can also create quite an eyesore, which will often compel managers to replace the carpet sooner than they would otherwise.

The key to preventing such stains is spot cleaning. The sooner you can treat the stain spot, the better your chances of successfully removing it.

  • For heavier stains like dyes, glue residue, and even ketchup and mustard, you may need to call on a professional.
  • It’s also a good idea to have someone regularly check your carpeting for any stains to spot clean them. You can also have this done as part of a carpet preventative maintenance program (more on that below).

Preventative Cleaning

The best method to keep your carpet looking good and lasting long is having a preventative cleaning program. This is a program where your carpet is professionally cleaned at regular intervals (which may differ for different areas based on the state of the carpet, usage, and traffic).

Like regular vehicle maintenance, the idea of a preventative cleaning program is to invest a little to keep your carpet in good shape so you can avoid big, costly restorative cleanings down the road. Preventative cleanings will also keep your carpets looking cleaner for longer.

How often should you have preventative cleaning done?

  • For heavy traffic areas like entrances and ground floor halls, you want preventative cleanings 12-24 times a year. The more the better, but at least once a month.
  • For medium traffic areas like administrative offices or above ground halls, 4 times a year (quarterly) is the ideal frequency.
  • For lighter traffic areas like boardrooms and conference rooms, twice a year should do the trick.

Protect your investment by contacting SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac to clean and maintain your commercial carpet. 309-827-7500

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