Myths About Commercial Carpet Cleaning

by Lawton Brothers | Dec 27, 2019


What You Need to Know About Hiring a Commercial Carpet Cleaning Service 

Utilizing the wrong cleaning products or cleaning equipment on your carpet floors can lead to costly repairs, unnecessary maintenance on your carpets, risk of closing your business or even spreading diseases. At Lawton Brothers, we want to steer you clear of these risks. That is why our team has sat down and talked about what you should be thinking about when looking for a commercial cleaning service.  


If you really think about it, your carpet comes in contact with pretty much everything, including food/drinks, dirt/dust, hair/skin and more. What does all of that breed?

Mold is a type of fungus that can grow anywhere and appears as many different colors, including black, white, orange and purple, to just name a few. Unlike plants, who get their energy from the sun, the mold gets its energy from breaking down materials, as well as areas with a build-up of moisture. Mold can grow due to spilled drinks, carpets not drying after cleaning and an increase in humidity. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to detect mold without the help of an expert. Mold can also have serious health effects, including individuals experiencing rashes, difficulty breathing and even more susceptible to bacteria that are breeding within the carpet.  

New York University Langone Medical Center microbiologist and immunologist and the author of The Secret Life of Germs, Philip Tierno Jr. Ph.D., claims that rugs have about 200,000 bacteria per square inch living on it (more than what’s living on your toilet. yikes!)  

Bacteria that could be growing in your carpet could include but are not limited to, salmonella and campylobacter.  

According to Mayo Clinic, Salmonella is a bacterial disease that affects an individual’s intestinal tract. It is shed through fecal matter. Now, you may be asking yourself, “what does this have to do with carpet?” A lot, we believe. If you work within education, have a commercial space or are in the healthcare facility, you can receive large amounts of foot traffic every day. Your carpet can absorb the bacteria that are being transported in and redistributed to others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young children are most at risk of getting the salmonella infection.

According to the CDC, Campylobacter bacteria causes an estimated 1.5 million illnesses in the United States each year. Anyone can be infected by Campylobacter bacteria, which causes symptoms similar to the Salmonella infection, but individuals aged 5 and 65 or older are most susceptible to getting campylobacteriosis.  

Other things that could be living in your carpet include dust, dust mites, insects and norovirus.  

Now, with all of that being said, you would think that businesses, including healthcare facilities, would believe carpet cleaning is a necessary task to do. Sadly, that is not the case. There are several myths about commercial carpet cleaning that we want to dispel.


“This carpet has just been installed in our building. If we clean it too much, it is more at risk to wear out sooner.” Carpets in this day and age are made sturdier and are, in fact, made to hide the dirt and soil that accumulates. Practicing regular cleaning habits sooner can increase the longevity of your carpet, not decrease it.   

Also, if you’ve just installed new carpet in your facility and notice that there is a smell, well that’s because new carpets house volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can not be taken up by running the vacuum. Professional cleaning by a professional cleaning service or your knowledgeable staff will need to be done.


As mentioned above, carpets are made to hide the dirt, especially if you strategically pick out the right color and material. For example, darker carpets will hide dirt much better than white. Our suggestion to you is not just to judge the cleanliness of your carpet based on what you see. If your carpet doesn’t look dirty, but you notice some other things like a smell coming from the carpet or the color is noticeably duller, those can be indications that you need to have your carpet cleaned.


Many business owners or facility managers believe that they will need to close their business down for the day to have their carpets cleaned. That isn’t the case anymore. There are systems out there that utilize the least amount of water to clean carpets. For example, at Lawton Brothers, we carry the HOST® Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning System, an environmentally-friendly system that dries in no time. This cleaning system gives the user control over the amount of moisture used while still eliminating the residue from the carpet; there is no closing time necessary.  


Let’s imagine that our team gave you, an individual that does not perform surgery, a scalpel and surgery room and told you to perform surgery, would you be able to? No, and we wouldn’t expect you to. The same applies to this myth. It is not true that “anyone” can use carpet cleaning equipment.  

Unfortunately, we find that companies are interested in getting the latest carpet cleaning materials and equipment, but fail to train their employees on how to use it. Not training an employee on how to use the product or equipment can result in unnecessary carpet replacement due to mold growth, the risk of spreading bacteria like salmonella throughout your facility and as a result, you will have to close your location to make those carpet repairs.  

At Lawton Brothers, not only can we provide your company with cleaning materials and equipment, but we also offer training to your cleaning crew. If you’d like to talk to a representative of our company, please call 800-432-0813.

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