Aesthetics and comfort are likely to rank high on the agenda when selecting floorcoverings for commercial properties. Maintenance and long-term performance will also be seen as key issues when it comes to determining the final specification – and the choice often comes down to carpets or some form of smooth flooring.
With a good cleaning regime, carpets will retain their appearance and be as hygienic as any other flooring material used in a commercial property, even though it holds dust, grime and associated bacteria in place, rather than that allowing it to float into the air to be inhaled.
From a health & safety perspective, carpets are soft should falls occur, and non-slip even when liquid is spilt. It also offers comfort underfoot and is an inherently sound absorbent material so is ideal where acoustics are an issue.
With a good upright vacuum cleaner, carpet maintenance is very easy. Models with strong suction and driven brushes are the most effective for carpets as they groom and lift the pile and remove dirt far more effectively than cylinder cleaners. A well designed upright vacuum cleaner offers the benefits of manoeuvrability, controllability and overall ease of use. Uprights also offer a very high level of productivity and can clean a carpeted floor rapidly and, as the brush roller agitates the pile, thoroughly.
Commercial cleaning is a regular task that must be conducted to the highest standards and any cleaning regime should take account of the fact that, when carpet is walked on, any dirt or grit trapped in the pile will be crushed against the fibres causing premature wear. This is a particular problem at entrances and other heavily-used areas so daily vacuuming is advisable in these locations. Entrance mats to protect carpeted areas are always sensible and it is vital that these are regularly vacuumed.
For removing soiling that a vacuum cleaner cannot pick up, carpet cleaning powder (also known as compound) is ideal. This consists of micro-sponges which contain a safe solvent for greasy soiling, a neutral shampoo for non-greasy soiling and an anti re-soilant to delay re-soiling. Unlike wet cleaning agents, which result in problems such as carpet shrinkage, adhesive damage, smell and long periods where the area cannot be used due to lengthy drying times, powder is simply vacuumed away leaving the carpet clean, soft and fresh.