Every business wants to project a positive image, and cleanliness plays a big role in this area. When your carpet is clean and welcoming, people assume that you run a productive business. Commercial carpets withstand consistent sprinklings of dirt and debris, especially in high-traffic areas.
So how often should you clean the carpets in your office or facility?
While there is no single, easy answer since every building is unique, there are a few guidelines to help you determine the frequency of cleanings. You will want to consider the type of carpet you have, the specifics of your business and the amount of foot traffic walking on the carpet each day. You should also be aware that people track in different types of dirt, which is often related to the type of business you operate. Keep These Factors In Mind When Making a Cleaning Schedule
1. Carpet color and style
Color, nap, pile type and density will all influence your cleaning frequency needs. Obviously, the higher the nap and the lighter the color, you will want to schedule the cleaning more often.
2. Foot traffic
The amount of foot traffic your facility receives will strongly influence the frequency of cleanings. You need to take employees and visitors alike into account.
3. Type of commercial space
Which types of facilities need more frequent carpet cleaning?
- Restaurants/Bars Carpets in a restaurant or bar should be cleaned and protected quarterly. This is important because of how often people spill and as well as the grease that gets tracked in from the kitchen.
- Medical Facilities/Nursing Homes There are many regulations regarding the cleaning and sanitation of healthcare facilities. Since there is an increased awareness of airborne contaminants, it has never been more important for healthcare facilities to increase their cleaning schedules for deep carpet cleaning.
- Retail Stores If you operate a retail store with a lot of foot traffic, you should be having the carpets cleaned and protected every 3 months to 6 months.
- Office Buildings Office buildings should have their carpets cleaned every 6 months to a year depending on the number of employees and the conditions they walk in on the way to the building entrance.
- Schools Schools should have carpets cleaned on an every three to six month schedule.
- Churches Churches should have one thorough cleaning and protecting a year on all carpet. However they should have certain areas like their entrances cleaned multiple times a year depending on their size.
3 Best Practices for Keeping Your Carpet Looking Nice Between Cleanings
- 1. Vacuuming Regular vacuuming is one of the most effective (and cost-effective) ways of removing dirt from your carpeting. Be sure that you are using the right vacuum and going slowly over the carpet in both forward/backward and side to side directions. Areas 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 once a week.
- 2. Spot Cleaning The sooner you can treat a stain spot, the better your chances of successfully removing it. It is 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.
- 3. Preventative Cleaning The best method to keep your carpet looking good and lasting long is to have them professionally cleaned at regular intervals (which may differ for different areas based on the state of the carpet, usage and traffic). For heavy traffic areas like entrances and halls, you want preventative cleanings 1-2 times per month. For medium traffic areas like administrative offices, every 2-3 months is typically sufficient. For lighter traffic areas like conference rooms, every six months is recommended.