Facility managers and department heads are slashing spending across the board, carpet cleaning being no exception. Vacuuming, maintenance, and deep cleaning are being performed less often, or skipped altogether for budget’s sake. However, skipping maintenance altogether can have a negative impact on the life of the carpet. On the flipside, if you frequently use harsh chemicals you will actually wear out the carpet faster than if you weren’t cleaning it at all. If you are smart about your cutbacks, and use targeted cleaning, you can effectively save money while still maintaining a good cleaning regimen.
We suggest focusing on high traffic areas and points of entry. By doing this, you can prevent the spread of soils to other areas, thereby reducing the amount of labor required. It is also important to focus on carpeting adjacent to hard surfaces and food service areas.
To ensure that carpet stays looking new for as long as possible, don’t wait for the dirt to show before starting a cleaning regimen. Chances are if you wait until the carpet looks dirty, the damage has already been done.
Despite the most effective carpet care programs, carpeting will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. It is important for facility managers to choose the appropriate grade and colour based on the amount of foot traffic and soil that the carpet will receive.