Maintaining Carpet Tile

by Lawton Brothers | Jun 28, 2021

 

Carpet tile is a great option for a multitude of commercial businesses. A favorite of airports, hospitals, and even restaurants, carpet tile is durable and economical. As with any flooring, getting the most bang for your buck means proper cleaning and maintenance. Part of the durability of carpet tiles can be accredited to the maintenance involved in their upkeep. Carpet tiles are surprisingly easy to maintain and replace (especially when compared to their counterparts). 

Preventative Maintenance

Regular vacuuming is the key to keeping carpet tiles looking great. It’s important to vacuum at least once a week, moving slowly with the vacuum to pick up any extra debris that could be left behind. Moving too quickly with the vacuum will leave particles that can break down the fibers and shorten the lifespan of the tiles. High-traffic areas should be vacuumed on a daily basis, while less-trafficked spaces can be tended to every other day or once a week. 

Spills should be cleaned as soon as they are noticed, otherwise, you risk staining and scenting the carpet. Always work from the outside edges of a spill/stain towards the middle. Use a cloth or sponge to apply cleaning solvents and rinse any spots that used a water-based solvent. Using mats by entrances can minimize liquid and dirt tracked onto the floor, prolonging the need for heavy-duty cleaning. 

Heavy-Duty Cleaning

Carpet tiles should get a deep clean every 8-12 months. The most common and recommended method is water extraction or steam cleaning. Typically, professional cleaning is recommended for carpet tiles as opposed to an in-house approach. While the tiles are easy to clean, they don’t hold much water and can sustain heavy damage if too much liquid is used in the cleaning process. In addition, water can make its way underneath the tiles causing them to have to be removed and dried to prevent mold and mildew growth – and this is far less likely with a professional cleaning company (Not to mention, if it does happen with the professional cleaning company, you don’t have to worry about doing the extra work!). 

Let’s Come Clean…

We want to ensure your carpet tiles will be a cost-effective and long-lasting option for your floors. If you’re unsure about your current cleaning practices or which products to use, give us a call. At Lawton Brothers, one of our trained professionals will be happy to walk through a free cleaning audit with you and help answer any questions you have. We understand that it can be confusing to traverse the commercial cleaning world, so leave the tough stuff to us. Lawton Brothers has been serving the Central Florida business community for over 67 years, so you can have confidence in our expertise. Give us a call today and see how we can assist you: 800.432.0813.

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