People often wonder how often carpets should be cleaned in a commercial setting, and part of the answer depends on why it is that you want to clean your carpets. Most business owners order cleaning mainly for appearance, but some are also worried about keeping their building healthy.
You may not know it, but carpets are a big factor in the cleanliness and overall health of your facility. The carpet acts as a large air filter for a given space, trapping dust, pet dander, pollen, chemicals, and any other impurities that make it inside. This is a good thing as long as it is cleaned regularly.
However, how often depends on each individual situation.
Some questions to ask that will help decide the cleaning frequency for you:
- Are there allergies in the workplace?
- Will children ever be present?
- How many people will commonly occupy the space?
- What color(s) is your carpet and does it stain easily?
Allergies and Children
If allergies or asthma are common concerns for at least one person in the office, carpets need to be cleaned more often. They can build up pollen and other allergens.
Cleaning carpets more often is also a great way to provide a healthy environment for youth. Children and toddlers spend quite a bit of time playing on the floor, and it’s important to keep that space clean if there will frequently be children around.
If one or more of these apply to you, you should consider cleaning your carpets every three to six months.
Your carpet will get dirty faster the more people you have walking on it. If there are four or more people in your business who frequently spend time in your space, consider cleaning your carpets every 6 months. If your business is larger than this, you may require cleaning even more often depending on the size of your space.
While light carpets look great when they are new, they do not hide dirt well. This can be a benefit because you can see the dirt with your eyes and darker carpets will hide dirt, making you think your carpet is cleaner than it is.
If you have light-colored carpet, keeping it looking nice is motivation to get your carpets cleaned more frequently. You will be able to tell by looking at it when it needs to be cleaned.
If your business doesn’t apply to any of the areas we’ve discussed, there’s a chance you won’t need to clean your carpets as often. Once a year or slightly more will often do the trick.