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How Often Do You Need Your Commercial Carpets Cleaned?

Carpeting a commercial facility in New Jersey can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s a huge investment that facility managers want to protect – but only if they don’t need to rip it out and replace it!SlideShowCommercial

What’s the best way to give your carpet a longer, healthier life? Regular professional cleaning.

Too often we’re asked to clean carpets that are visibly soiled. We’re happy to help, of course, but by the time you see that your carpet is dirty, like in hallways and doorways, the dirt and grit has been there doing plenty of damage for quite some time. The time to clean is before it looks like it really needs it.

A regular schedule of commercial carpet cleaning – once every 6 months, for instance – can remove the visible dirt and the “hidden” dirt that can quickly erode your carpet. Getting rid of these culprits will improve the look of your floor and, more importantly, will make it more durable and extend its life.

Not only does cleaning freshen up the appearance of your carpet, but it also keeps the fibers from matting and crushing. This is the natural consequence of foot traffic, but commercial carpet cleaning will lift those fibers back where they’re supposed to be, and get all that dirt and grime that’s been matted down with it.

How often should you clean your carpet?

Everything that finds its way onto your carpet contributes to dulling its appearance, giving it a stale odor, and eroding the strength of its fibers. If you have any of the following being tracked in and through your commercial facility, you may need to have it cleaned every 4 to 6 months:

Winter salt from parking lots and walkways

Residual oils from car exhaust, factories, etc.

Fine dirt and grit that’s present on most outdoor surfaces

Sand from parking lots and certain types of production facilities

Chemicals used on grass and in manufacturing plants

What types of facilities need more frequent commercial carpet cleaning?

Facilities with high foot traffic, prepare food or that are open primarily to the elderly or very young will need carpet cleaning approximately every 3 months:

Restaurants

Daycare facilities

Nursing homes

Medical facilities

Retail stores

One final tip

You can reduce the frequency of commercial carpet cleaning somewhat by putting out protective floor mats around high-traffic locations and where food is prepared or eaten, like break rooms, water coolers, elevators and doorways.

Give AllBrite Carpet Cleaning a call and we can talk about a smart cleaning schedule that suits your type of facility and its traffic.

Keeping Your Commercial Carpet Clean Longer

modern officeWhen a manufacturer describes their product as “for commercial use,” you generally know that means it’s built for business; everything takes more abuse when it’s in a commercial setting, so it needs to be made a little tougher to withstand the day-to-day needs of your enterprise.

Carpet is no different. Commercial carpet is designed with business in mind, manufactured to wear more slowly under more traffic than you’d ever expect in a residential setting. But that doesn’t mean you can simply neglect it; it may be tougher in a lot of ways, but the carpet manufacturer expects a business owner to care for it more than a homeowner as well.

Regular commercial carpet cleaning is a big part of keeping your commercial carpet looking its best for your customers — and your employees. But there are a few steps you can take as a business owner to prolong the “just cleaned” look, to help it last from one commercial carpet cleaning to the next.

The most obvious is vacuuming, of course. Make sure whoever is assigned vacuuming duty knows the high-traffic areas need to be cleaned at least twice a week, if not more — and that every inch of carpet should be vacuumed once a week at a minimum. And when big spills happen, get it cleaned up quickly; the sooner a staining agent is cleaned up, the less of a stain it will create.

If you have area rugs, be sure to vacuum underneath them from time to time, as dirt and grime can find its way beneath and cause additional damage to both the rug and floor. And if you are using rugs to protect high-traffic areas from carpet wear, consider plastic mats — they last longer, and are easier to clean.

For more information about carpet care or to schedule a cleaning, please contact us today!

Advantages of Residential Carpet Cleaning

ALLBRITE0901Most homeowners know there’s a lot of aesthetic value in having a clean carpet; carpet cleaning makes the area you live in more pleasant, and if you work from home, a clean and inviting work space can make anyone feel more productive. But residential carpet cleaning professionals know there’s another aspect to clean carpet that isn’t always recognized by homeowners: carpet cleaning is a form of asset protection that can help most carpet last longer, and maintain a home’s value for less.

Professional residential carpet cleaning protects your carpet investment by removing tiny particles of dust and dirt that, over time, can work their way into even the most carefully-vacuumed home’s carpet. The carpet fibers themselves trap those particles between each woven strand, and with every movement across the carpet — whether the sliding of furniture, the typical footfalls from human or pet traffic through the home, or even the wheels of a typical home vacuum cleaner — the tiny sharp edges of those particles begin, ever so slightly and nearly imperceptibly slowly, to cut away at the carpet fibers. With each tiny cut, the particles work themselves into the fiber “wound” deeper, making the problem worse with each movement and leaving behind a damaged carpet that cannot be brought back to its original shape.

Preventing this damage means proactive residential carpet cleaning can be essential; and, if you’re not including regular carpet cleaning as part of a regular maintenance schedule for your home, be sure to use professional residential carpet cleaning services to take care of the episodic “big mess” problems every home faces, and do so sooner rather than later. There’s no substitute for deep cleaning with professional equipment; for more information about our residential carpet cleaning services and service packages, please contact us today!

MAINTAINING YOUR HOME

maintain homeWe at AllBrite Floors are constantly striving to emphasize the importance of regular carpet cleaning, furniture cleaning, as well as tile and grout cleaning.

Besides improving the general feel and look of your home, these cleaning routines can extend the life of your flooring and furniture while improving the health of your family by preventing nasty bacteria from settling in.

We understand you’re not going to need residential carpet cleaning service every week, but there are still things you can be doing within your own home to keep all your flooring well maintained along with your furniture.

  • Using welcome mats – Welcome mats act as a barrier between your floor and the dirt people (and pets) unknowingly track into it. If they capture just a fraction of the bacteria that is carried in, they are well worth their (relatively low cost) investment.
  • Vacuuming and mopping regularly and well – Pay attention to those hard to reach areas. Use your vacuum extensions when carpet cleaning – and do not neglect your tiles. Ensuring that you are vacuuming on a weekly basis can extend the life of your carpets and tiles alike, and provide you with much cleaner floors and a much nicer home. Make sure to focus on the areas that are often overlooked; tile, grout, and furniture cleaning.
  • Semi regular commercial carpet cleaning – Have a professional come in once or twice a year, or rent a steam cleaner to ensure your carpets get the deep carpet cleaning they need. Make sure you get the necessary accessories to clean your furniture as well – the more regularly you keep up this habit, the less you will have to worry about the general wear and tear that can affect your home.
  • Don’t forget about the furniture! Too many people get so focused on the carpets, they leave out the hardwood. Or so focused on the tile and grout cleaning – they forget about the furniture. We sit on it, we stand on it, we use it every day – but how often do we indulge in furniture cleaning? Thorough furniture cleaning should be part of every home maintenance routine.

These are just a few tips to help get you started. The bottom line is not to leave anything out. Carpet, tile and grout as well as furniture cleaning should all be a part of a good home maintenance routine that will extend the life of your property and the value of your home.

carpet-steam-cleaningKeeping a clean floor seems like one of the easiest household chores to ignore. If it “looks fine”, we all too often assume that it is fine, this could not be further from the truth when dealing with carpets.

All floors are capable of housing dirt of any kind (if you don’t believe us, see our article on the bacteria that hide in your floors). Carpets however, are a special type of flooring that too often keep dirt locked in at its root layer, although the surface may appear to be fresh and clean.

This not only means bad news for your health, it may also mean bad news for your pocketbook. Why? Dirt badly affects carpet, it can not only make the floor look dirty but also wear it out faster. This is because for every little bit of carpet you have laid down, there can be a lot of dirt weighing into the amount of wear and tear that goes on along with the added pressure that regularly occurs over its surface.

The more wear and tear that occurs, the more often you will have to replace your carpeting, a costly and time consuming process.

How do you prevent this? With regular carpet cleaning. This can be as simple as vacuuming regularly, adding a mat to the front door, and insisting people remove their shoes… For extra measure, from time to time it also helps to have a thorough steam cleaning done, furniture cleaning, and having professionals come in to restore your existing carpet.

The carpet is the life of the room. When you try to sell a house, one of the first things people notice is how well taken care of the house looks – and the carpet plays a major part. Since most people do not want to replace their carpets entirely every five years, the best advice we can provide is to develop a carpet cleaning routine and stick to it – it will extend the life of your carpet.

Do yourself a favour and indulge in regular carpet cleaning maintenance, it will surely save you more money than it costs.

BACTERIA THAT HIDES IN YOUR FLOORS

Carpet- cleaning- new-jerseyWhether carpet, hardwood, or tile, floors are magnets for the dirt and bacteria we think we’ve left behind with each step. Keeping your floors “clean enough to eat off of” is almost an impossibility, as bacteria thrives on floor surfaces.

Another fun fact about floor bound bacteria; Although these types of bacteria live on your floors, many of them quickly become airborne to increase their survival. This means floor based bacteria should be a concern for anyone coming into a home.

So which types of bacteria have most likely made their home on your floors? The short answer is a lot, but this article will overview two of the most common types of these household dangers:

Campylobacter – Campylobacter bacteria is a perfect example of an extremely common form of bacteria – that will make you want to indulge in carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, furniture cleaning, and everything else within your power. So what’s so bad about campylobacter? The campylobacter bacteria has been directly associated with diarrhea, inflammation of the body, cramps, and even blood in the stool.

Salmonella – Salmonella is another type of bacteria associated with cramps and stomach problems, but has the added danger of being connected with the Salmonella virus. This bacteria is particularly dangerous to the young and the elderly, people who have compromised (and developing) immune systems.

So what can you do about these types of bacteria? Work out a regular cleaning maintenance within the home. This means a combination cleaning routine. Too many people think that vacuuming is enough.

The truth is that vacuuming only takes care of some of your necessary carpet cleaning routine, and completely neglects your tile and grout cleaning needs. A good combination cleaning ring involves daily vacuuming, mopping, and regular carpet, tile and grout cleaning.  Be sure to also make furniture cleaning a part of your annual spring tidy.

For more information, see our blog post on maintaining your home.

WHY SHOULD I GET MY CARPETS CLEANED?

professional_carpet_cleaning_njA lot of people look at the cost of getting their carpet cleaned regularly and dismiss it as an expensive and unnecessary procedure. This is a critical mistake. When you clean your carpets, you benefit on several levels – from increased property value to the benefits of carpet cleaning for your health.

Regular residential carpet cleaning keeps your carpets looking clean and newer for longer. If you’ve ever tried to sell a house then you are likely aware that the newer things are, the better the price you’re going to get. Maintaining your carpets is a great way to ensure they will hold their value for longer, and in turn can increase property value for you.

However, that being said, carpet cleaning does not just help property values and appearances. Carpet cleaning helps the carpet to last longer, keeps things looking fresh and new, and ultimately maintains a tidy, well kept home.

If you have yet to read our blog on the bacteria that thrives in the fibres of your carpet, allow me to briefly recap – bacteria, viruses, mold, and more. Your carpet can be deceptive and, if left un-cleaned, can be a huge source of exposure to dangerous substances that you track into the house along with your family and guests.

These are just a few of the reasons that regular residential carpet cleaning is a great idea. From improving your health to increasing property value in your home, carpet cleaning is a vital part of carpet maintenance.