Winter is here. And it’s that time of the year when companies have to up their game in cleaning their commercial carpets. Winter comes with lots of downpours and ice build-up. And since most companies apply salt, sand, and other products to thaw ice in their business premises, these elements end up in their carpets and tile flooring as people move into their offices.
Coincidentally, winter also happens to be the season when there’s increased traffic as more clients come into commercial buildings, which means double trouble for your commercial carpets and floor. Businesses that fail to prep their commercial carpets for rainy days end up with dirty, damaged carpets. Eventually, they have to replace the carpets, which is extremely expensive.
To avoid the sight of crusty stains and blemished carpets, here are ways to prep your commercial carpets and keep them clean, dry and fresh throughout the rainy season.
Regular cleaning is not a choice; it’s a must.
If stains from chemicals picked from ice-thawing products are left on commercial carpets for a long time, they eat into your carpets and weaken the fibers. Similarly, sand has rough, sharp edges that slice and damage your carpet fibers as people walk on them. Regular cleaning will ensure the chemicals and sand are removed before they can damage your carpet.
In addition, stains become stubborn with time. If you delay your cleaning, you’ll have to use more energy and concentrated cleaning chemicals the next time you want clean your carpet. This will significantly reduce the lifespan and appearance of your carpets.
Use protective mats at entryways.
Salt, sand, and snow get attached to shoes and transported to your carpets inside the building. Most of the dirt on commercial carpets can be avoided by simply having a protective mat at the entryways.
Place protective mats at the entrances where visitors can scrape off their shoes as they come in. This will trap most dirty elements and absorb moisture before it gets indoors, preventing your carpets from being soiled.
For best results, consider using extraction mats. These are ideal for trapping moisture and keeping your carpets dry.
Heighten vacuuming frequency of commercial carpets
Vacuum high-traffic areas on a day-to-day basis. Vacuuming carpets and mats before cleaning will prevent dirt and debris from settling inside the carpet. It also stops mold growth that damages the appearance of the commercial carpet, making it look dull and unattractive.
To get the most out of your vacuuming efforts, follow these tips:
∙ Vacuum in the direction of the carpet’s nap (the way the fibers point). This will help prevent damage to those fibers, which could lead to matting and wearing down over time.
∙ Use a vacuum with a rotating brush bar for the best results. This kind of brush will help pick up dust and debris that might become trapped in between fibers, so it doesn’t build up over time and cause problems later on.
∙ Get yourself an upright vacuum if possible because they offer superior suction power relative to canisters or handheld vacuums. You want maximum suction power when cleaning out dirt that has fallen into crevices where your hand cannot reach—and this is precisely what upright vacuums allow.
Keep entryways clean.
Fall precedes winter, which means there are lots of fallen leaves and twigs that remain. Most of the dirt that comes into commercial carpets originates from these leaves that accumulate in your entryways and compound. A spotless entrance significantly reduces the amount of dirt and debris entering your commercial building and carpets.
Make spot cleaners your cleaning partner!
Stubborn stains in commercial carpets are more rampant in winter thanks to the rainy weather, debris, and ice-thawing chemicals. But there’s no need to let the stains get harder. A spot cleaner can help to remove stains before they get hard to remove. Cleaning carpets instantly also prevents stains from getting deep into the carpet fibers.
Use Professional Carpet Cleaning Services
If you have a lot of traffic in your building and want to ensure that water doesn’t ruin all of your hard work, then hiring commercial carpet cleaning services is the way to go. Professional carpet cleaning services have the expertise to clean tough stains from carpets in high-traffic areas. No need to worry about the season; most companies can clean your carpet in winter at affordable rates.
Make sure your carpet is dry before foot traffic starts again.
When you have your commercial carpets cleaned, it’s essential to ensure they’re completely dry before allowing foot traffic to resume. Wet carpets can lead to several issues, from warping and buckling to mold and mildew growth. Even if the carpets are only slightly damp, it can cause an unpleasant odor that could be difficult to eliminate. Making sure they are dry can help ensure that your carpets look and smell fresh and last longer. So the next time you clean your commercial carpets, remember to make sure they’re dry before foot traffic starts again!
Rainy days are here, and you don’t want to be stuck with a damp commercial carpet. But there’s no need to worry about that. With these tips, it should be easy to prep your commercial carpets for rainy days and keep them looking their best. You’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you, whether just a few sprinkles or a full-on downpour.