How to Extend the Lifespan of Office Carpeting

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Quality office carpeting can make a big difference to the overall appearance of your workplace, imparting a clean and professional look wherever it is installed. It can also reduce ambient noise when compared to wooden or tiled floors and is more comfortable underfoot as well. However, with constant foot traffic and accidental liquid spillages, maintaining your office carpeting in good condition can be quite a challenge. But please don’t panic as there are a number of measures you can take to help extend the lifespan of your office carpeting, measures that could ultimately save your business a not insignificant sum of money in replacement costs over the years. Below are some tips that our carpet cleaning and restoration team have put together that should help you keep your office carpeting looking great for many years to come.

  • Regular Vacuuming - One of the most effective ways to extend the life of your office carpeting is to vacuum it regularly. High-traffic areas should be vacuumed daily if possible, while lower-traffic areas can be vacuumed every few days or so. Dirt and debris can quickly become embedded in carpet fibers and cause excessive wear and tear over time, but with regular vacuuming, you can remove this dirt before it has a chance to cause any lasting damage. It is for this reason that we, in common with all reputable carpet cleaning companies, advise our clients to stick to a regular vacuuming schedule without fail.
  • Immediate Spot Cleaning - No matter how careful you may be, accidents inevitably happen. Rather than blaming yourself and wasting valuable time feeling bad about spillages, it's important to address them promptly. Many types of liquid spillages can quickly turn into permanent stains if left untreated for any length of time, which is why we recommend that you always have a spot-cleaning solution on hand, and that you use it immediately to prevent new spillages and stains from becoming permanent. You should first blot the affected area with a clean cloth until all the liquid has been removed, then apply the cleaning solution and allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it (or follow the manufacturer’s instructions if they differ). If you are unsuccessful in your attempt to prevent a permanent stain, we suggest contacting a professional carpet cleaning and repair company in your area and asking for help.
  • Move the Furniture Around - Heavy furniture can leave permanent dents in carpeting, especially the type of less expensive carpeting that is often installed in busy commercial premises. However, you can prevent this from becoming a major issue by periodically rearranging the furniture in your offices. Simply by shifting heavy desks and chairs a few inches every couple of months, you can stop dents from becoming a permanent fixture in your office carpets. If you take advantage of local carpet cleaning services, as discussed in the next point, you may well find the team that cleans your carpets will put your furniture back in slightly different positions for this very reason.
  • Deep Cleaningg - While regular vacuuming and spot cleaning can help to maintain the appearance of your office carpeting over time, for best results you should also deep clean it every six months or so. A deep clean with a truck-mounted steam carpet cleaning machine will remove deeply embedded dirt and stains that regular cleaning simply cannot touch. We recommend paying a professional carpet cleaning company to deep clean your office carpeting rather than attempting to do it yourself: carpet shampooing, rinsing and drying can be a tricky business if you are not sure what you’re doing.
  • Protective Rugs and Matsg - revention is key when it comes to extending the lifespan of office carpeting. With this in mind, we recommend considering protective measures such as chair mats, foot mats, and entryway mats to reduce the amount of dirt and debris that gets tracked onto your carpet in the first place.
  • UV Protection - If your office carpeting is exposed to direct sunlight at any time of the day, we advise taking preventative measures to stop it from fading prematurely. These measures may include window treatments such as blinds or UV film, fluorocarbon protector solutions that are designed to be applied directly to damp carpet fibers, and protective rugs in carefully chosen locations.
  • Regular Maintenanceg - Regular maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your office carpeting. If you create a detailed cleaning / maintenance schedule and stick to it, you can avoid many of the issues that cause wear and tear over time. Your schedule should include daily vacuuming, spot cleaning as needed, and deep cleaning every six months to a year (depending on foot traffic and other factors). With a little care and attention, you can prevent a lot of damage from occurring and keep your office carpeting looking great for many years to come.

In conclusion, you can extend the lifespan of your office carpeting significantly with a combination of regular maintenance, protective measures, and prompt attention to spills and stains. By following these tips, you can keep your office carpeting looking great and avoid the need for more frequent costly replacements. And if you’re close to our local headquarters, please feel free to call any time to arrange a visit from our Superior carpet cleaning team. We perform professional deep cleaning on all types of commercial carpeting.

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