In addition to creating a warm and welcoming environment, top-quality carpeting is extremely durable and versatile, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Whilst they are often associated with use in residential properties, carpets also lend themselves to commercial employment and have been proven to stand the test of time in a variety of different industries.
Carpets designed for commercial use are specifically constructed for high-traffic environments and are strong enough to keep up with a fast-paced and bustling business. However, as with all interior furnishings, wear and tear is inevitable. Whether you work in a busy office building or you run your own hotel business, a carpet installed in a busy setting is subject to a build-up of dust and dirt and is likely to fade and wear over time.
However, whilst this is something that can’t necessarily be stopped, excessive wear and tear can be kept at bay. With a bit of maintenance and utilising some preventative products, you can ensure your commercial carpet continues to be both practical and aesthetically appealing for years to come. Replacing damaged commercial carpets every few years is bound to be both costly and disruptive to the working day and with this in mind, it’s much more logical to put protective measures in place to
ensure your current carpet stands the test of time.
Below, we’ve listed our top tips for keeping different types of commercial carpeting in tip-top condition, ensuring your workspace continues to look professional for as long as possible.
Whilst it may seem like an obvious thing to point out, it’s essential for commercial carpets to be cleaned periodically to ensure they look fresh and professional at all times. In addition to making a space look tired and run-down, a dirty carpet is also likely to be extremely unhygienic and this is something that’s especially problematic in healthcare buildings.
Facilities such as hospitals and care homes require a precise level of cleaning to prevent the spread of infection and generally protect the well-being of patients. Carpets are highly suited to businesses that provide healthcare as they trap various allergens between their fibres, preventing them from circulating in the air. However, whilst this is extremely beneficial, regular cleaning is essential to ensure that these allergens are removed from the premises altogether.
In addition to regular vacuuming, carpets should also be professionally cleaned periodically to improve hygiene. Many professional carpet cleaners rely on extraction cleaning as this is the safest and most effective way to rid carpets of potentially harmful germs and bacteria. As well as protecting patients, diligent and regular cleaning will guarantee commercial carpeting maintains its vibrancy and continues to look professional.
One of the many reasons why carpeting is often chosen above other flooring solutions is that it contributes to a welcoming and cosy environment. Whether you run a popular hotel or a busy pub, a soft carpeted floor makes an environment feel homely which is essential for businesses in the hospitality industry.
That being said, carpeting that’s worn or dirty has the power to make a commercial building feel run-down, uninviting and will likely drive customers away. With this in mind, it’s essential to protect your carpet so that it enhances your business rather than detracting from it. As previously mentioned, regular cleaning is essential to the upkeep of commercial carpeting- but what else can we do to maintain this type of flooring?
Dirt that’s brought into a building on the bottom of shoes is one of the biggest contributors to flooring wear and tear. In addition to being subject to high volumes of foot traffic, building entrances are extremely susceptible to dirt and stains and often, this is then brought in and trailed throughout the building. Whilst this is an issue that is somewhat inevitable, there are ways to minimise the amount of dirt being carried in from outside on people’s shoes. Installing protective doormats by all major entrances will encourage visitors to wipe their shoes before entering, thereby keeping your hotel carpets looking bright and clean.
However, rather than investing in a simple doormat, it’s advisable to use both a scraper mat and a textile covering for maximum effect. A scraper mat will ensure all hard dirt is removed from the sole of a shoe whereas a mat made from fabric will absorb any moisture. This ensures that, whatever the outdoor conditions are, the majority of debris will be removed from a customer’s shoes before they enter the building and as a result, your hotel carpeting will maintain its aesthetic appeal for longer.
As a high-traffic environment that contains lots of furniture, office carpets can fall victim to wear and tear and must be looked after to maintain their visual appeal. From heavy desks and chairs to food spillages and outside dirt, office flooring has a lot to contend with and whilst it’s likely your carpets will be cleaned on a regular basis, this isn’t enough to stop them wearing out over time.
Heavy furniture can create deep grooves in carpeting which not only affects a carpet’s functionality but also looks unsightly. So, to prevent your office equipment from causing any irrevocable damage to your carpet, invest in some hard-wearing furniture pads. Furniture pads (or furniture coasters) are fitted to the legs of tables and chairs to prevent excessive wear on your carpet and further to this, they also allow you to move heavy bits of furniture with ease.
Many offices are subject to frequent reorganisations and, rather than having your heavy furniture scraping across your carpet, you can rest assured that there is a barrier between the legs of furniture and the carpet fibres. A dented or worn down carpet is likely to detract from the aesthetic of a busy office, however, with furniture pads, you can guarantee your commercial carpet will stay intact for years to come.
At Paynters Contract Flooring, we are a commercial flooring company that supplies a broad range of flooring solutions to businesses throughout Yorkshire. We supply flooring options to suit all commercial environments and we offer an expert fitting service, ensuring you’re 100% satisfied with the finished product.
From offices and schools to care homes and sports facilities, we have worked with countless businesses across a variety of different industries and we have a very high level of customer satisfaction. Whether you’d like cheap carpet tiles for your office building or strong vinyl flooring for an educational facility, we specialise in many different flooring solutions and we can offer expert advice on which option best suits your requirements.
Having been in the industry for over 30 years, we pride ourselves on offering a service that’s second to none. We work closely with all our customers to ensure they’re getting the product they envisioned and we’re on hand throughout all stages of the process to answer queries and offer guidance.
If you’re interested in hiring our services, why not take a look at our gallery to find out more about projects we’ve worked on in the past? Alternatively, contact us today and a member of our team will be on hand to discuss your requirements with you.