Soft Surface Care
Have you ever walked into a hotel property, a movie theater, a restaurant, or maybe even your favorite retail store and noticed the carpet? If you have, it’s not likely for a good reason. As a guest of that space, any commercial carpet stains, rips, holes, or worn-out carpet sections may leave you wondering what else is being neglected. And if you work for that business, you may be distracted and worried – especially nowadays – about whether your workspace is actually really clean and healthy.
Naturally, both of these scenarios are bad, but if you’re the facility or operations manager, dirty, worn carpet is a nightmare! Not only is the carpet reflecting poorly on your brand and image, but an even bigger issue is lurking – your commercial carpet’s lifespan.
Proactive, Frequency-Driven Commercial Carpet Maintenance Plans Are Everything
Every commercial carpet is an investment in a business’s brand and image. Protecting the life of that investment is best accomplished through a proactive, frequency-driven maintenance plan that considers the carpet’s age and the amount of use and wear each carpeted area may encounter. We recommend implementing preventive maintenance and care as soon as your carpet is installed.
“Commercial carpet and installation can be costly depending on your space. Providing consistent and preventative care should be top of mind for every facility and operation manager – right from the start,” said SOLID’s chief sales officer, Eric Wroldsen. “We’re seeing the lifespan of carpets exceed well over 12-15 years when they are on a frequency-driven program. Clean and healthy carpet is not only good for first impressions, it’s also good for your company’s bottom line. Don’t wait to clean your space’s carpet once you see it’s dirty. Establish a maintenance plan right when you install the carpet so that get the maximum ROI from your investment.”
According to Mohawk Carpet Care, “to be truly cost-effective, maintenance must be carried out with systematic frequency over the life of the carpet; however, today’s carpets are engineered to disguise soils and stains. This sometimes masks the need to vacuum and clean on a regular basis. A consistent and effective maintenance program can dramatically extend the life of your carpet. Remember, there are many factors that can affect the appearance of carpet including color, pattern, and yarn fiber, and of course, maintenance.
The carpet brand further states “that it takes more than magic to keep carpet clean. Machines, chemicals, and a proper maintenance plan only assist in the process, but PEOPLE clean carpet! And the quality of your maintenance plan depends on the people who are doing the work. The Mohawk Group has designed carpet that is easily maintained, but if you don’t maintain it, you can’t expect it to stay clean.”
SOLID – Guaranteed to Deliver a Customized ConSOLIDated Commercial Carpet Care Plan
Our approach is first to understand all the variables associated with your carpet surfaces and identify specific needs based on those details. Next, we develop an annual Consolidated Care Plan tailored to the specific type of care your facilities need. Then, we use the most highly-skilled and knowledgeable project managers and technicians in the industry to execute your plan. We use best practices while complying with the specifications and recommendations of each carpet manufacturer to guarantee the best results. For example, Interface recommends the utilization of these five key elements as a comprehensive maintenance plan:
1. Preventative Maintenance: Containing the soil entering the building using walk-off mats at entrances. This includes outside matting, inside matting, and mats at certain other high-traffic interior areas.
2. Vacuuming: Regular vacuuming is the single most important part of a maintenance program. Vacuuming is designed to remove dry soil matter.
3. Spot and Spill Removal: Quick response to spills is the key. The faster spills are dealt with the less chance they will leave a stain.
4. Interim Cleaning: Several different methods can be used. Regularly scheduled interim cleaning can prolong the need for restorative cleaning.
5. Restorative Cleaning: Deep cleaning designed to remove trapped soils. Hot water extraction is the most effective method and the only restorative method recommended by Interface.
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A well-planned maintenance program starts with regular interim and deep cleaning methods. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), your carpet’s beauty and life depend on the care it receives. Proper cleaning will keep your carpet looking great for its full lifetime, help improve your indoor air quality and keep your carpet warranties intact.
*Cleaning frequency charts distributed by Mohawk.
Did you know that the CRI wants vacuums, extractors, cleaning systems, cleaning products, and service providers to be as effective as possible. The Seal of Approval program is the only one in the industry that scientifically measures cleaning efficacy. The results help consumers make informed decisions and manufacturers improve their products. So carpets are cleaner, healthier, and last longer.
WHY SOLID FOR YOUR COMMERCIAL CARPET CARE
SOLID’s professional craftsmen can deep clean, sanitize, and disinfect all the hard and soft surfaces in your facility. We ensure your spaces are clean and healthy through testing, certification, and the exacting standards our technicians bring to these processes. SOLID is an IICRC-certified firm and all SOLID carpet care systems are CRI certified, giving you the assurance of sustainable methods. Our products and processes are selected to protect Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) while reducing carpet impact on landfills.
Visit our blog on Are Your Carpets Really Clean to learn more about our commerical carpet care methods. Or better yet, visit this link to sign up for your free site assessment and customized conSOLIDated care plan now. You’ll be glad you did!