Even though we do sometimes called a hairpiece a rug, a carpet is not like hair, if you make a mistake or have an accident it won’t grow back. However, if you don’t treat carpet like hair you might end up with a bald hallway.
While carpeting in the workspace can brighten and open up space, cleaning it can be more difficult than hardwood or linoleum flooring. Daily vacuuming is a must, but what happens if you spill something or stain your carpeting? Do you get on your hands and start scrubbing or do you rent a carpet cleaner from the grocery store to get the stain out? To start, you’re going to need to know what kind of carpet you have. This will be the first determining condition when selecting a cleaning method. We’ve broken it down to the two most common styles of carpet; Berber and frieze. Berber is a carpet with looped fibers, usually wool or nylon, and of the two carpet types, it cleans the best, especially when the loops are large. The only problem is that it doesn’t wear well. The larger the loops the easier it is to clean, but the larger the loops only mean it is easier to wear down as well. Frieze carpeting, however, is a twisted fiber carpet. It vacuums well, but this carpet style tends to be made of polyethylene terephthalate and polyester materials. In short, they have a tendency to keep a stain and don’t last as long as wool or nylon. The material is very important in the wear-ability of the carpet. Nylon and wool are more expensive, but they last. The polyethylene terephthalate and polyester materials also last, but they stain easier. Another type of fiber, acrylic, is actually made with recycled plastic, making it stain resistant. However, it doesn’t last as long as wool or nylon.
Now that you are getting a bit confused, let’s add in carpet padding to make things more fun (as well as more confusing). Five-Pound padding is what you usually have in a home, but in a commercial building, ten pound is the very least you can have. That is why your home carpets tend to be softer than commercial buildings…it’s in the padding! Padding made from foam chips or recycled rubber will limit the stain but naturally costs more. If the stain permeates or seeps through the padding, the staining can be more difficult to get and there can be a permanent odor…depending on what the stains were caused by.
If you think we confused you on purpose then you’d be right! While it may be easier to rent a carpet cleaner at the grocery store, those can push the stains deeper and leave your carpets marked. They often leave residue and soak not only the carpet but the padding too. Rental carpet cleaners also don’t adjust for carpet fabric, depth and padding levels. Not all carpets are the same and thus not all carpets can be cleaned with the same products and methods.
When you hire a certified, professional commercial cleaning service they are able to determine the best solutions, machinery, and techniques to best revive the original condition of your carpets. ServiceMaster of Wake County knows all about carpet types, and the best as well as the greenest way to clean them. A professional commercial carpeting cleaning and janitorial service company will also be able to tell you how often your particular carpets need to be cleaned. Just because you don’t have a cavity doesn’t mean you don’t go to the dentist regularly for cleaning. The same goes for carpeting; most carpets should be professionally cleaned at least once a year, while others need it every 6 months. Ask your technician what they recommend for your particular commercial workspace carpets. There is no need to worry and lose your hair over your workspace carpet…simply contact ServiceMaster of Wake County.