Carpet can feel soft and cushy under your feet but without a regular cleaning routine, it becomes worn and torn. Dirt can get ground into the carpet backing and wear out the carpet fibers. Utilizing a routine maintenance schedule will lengthen the life of your carpet. For commercial carpets, this process includes daily vacuuming, interim low-moisture cleanings, and restorative procedures.

Routine Commercial Carpet Cleaning Practices

Vacuuming is a great first line of defense for cleaning commercial carpets. Vacuuming should be performed daily in high-traffic settings to pick up dry dirt, dust, and other debris. Most other areas should be vacuumed two to three times per week.

Spot cleaning should be performed as soon as you notice carpet blemishes. Spotting is best done with a small extractor and spotting chemical. The key to spot cleaning is: the quicker, the better.

To remove oily, greasy or sticky soils, you’ll want to incorporate an encapsulation process into your carpet cleaning routine. This is typically done with an extractor that has a light-duty or encapsulation setting. High traffic areas should be cleaned six to twelve times a year but light traffic areas only need to be cleaned twice a year. This provides a light to medium cleaning of the carpet.

Your carpet will eventually need to be deep cleaned.This type of cleaning is called extraction. It is a more intensive method that was designed to deep clean the entire carpet fiber and to flush out any chemical residue from previous spotting and interm cleaning. This operation is typically done after three to four interim cleanings are performed on a given piece of carpet and is an essential part of the carpet care program. It does clean the deepest, but requires the most labor and longest dry times.

How often should carpets be deep cleaned?

The type of commercial space determines how often carpet should be cleaned. Vacuuming and spot cleaning should be done daily/weekly as needed, with deeper cleanings done based on the size of foot traffic. High-traffic areas require more frequent cleanings but in general, this is how often different types of facilities should have carpets cleaned.

  • Retail stores - every 3 to 6 months
  • Office buildings - every 6 months
  • Schools - every 3 to 6 months
  • Churches - every 3 to 6 months
  • Restaurants and bars - every 2 to 3 months
  • Healthcare facilities - monthly

When your carpets need cleaning, it’s twine time.


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