A lot goes into owning or managing a commercial space.
Maintenance tasks can be hard to keep up with when you have so many other things on your plate.
But it’s time for a floor-health check-in: How are your carpet, area and Oriental rugs and hardwood floors handling all the abuse they get from foot traffic day after day?
Save money on repair and replacement costs by protecting the floors in your business or commercial space that see a lot of back-and-forth.
Maintain these areas with regular commercial floor cleaning services and make a good impression on everyone who enters.
High-Foot-Traffic Zones Need Special Attention
Taking care of your building’s carpet
How can you care for the carpet in high-traffic areas of your commercial space or office?
- Place mats at each entrance.
- Vacuum regularly.
- Rotate furniture.
- Invest in quality window coverings.
- Clean up messes or spills right away.
- Call in a commercial carpet cleaning company.
Lots of traffic in your business is a great thing. But it can cause carpet fibers to break down.
Once those fibers have taken a beating, dirt and grime have a clear path to make their way deep-down in and cause permanent damage.
Commit to regular maintenance and your office’s carpet will have a much longer life – and it’ll look great, too.
Here’s how to care for the carpet in your commercial space.
1. Place mats at each entrance
Putting mats outside the doors gives dirt a place to hang out before it makes its way into your building.
Mats go a long way in preventing the icky stuff from getting on the carpets, which is the best way to maintain the like-new look you want.
2. Vacuum daily
For a busy office, it’s recommended that you vacuum the carpet every day. If you don’t get a lot of foot traffic, you may be able to get away with three times per week.
Regular vacuuming will protect the carpet fibers from the debris that will try to wiggle its way in.
3. Rotate furniture
Moving office furniture around on a regular basis will keep the carpet from getting worn in one area and prevents permanent dents from forming.
4. Pay for high-quality window coverings
Everyone loves the sunshine, but the UV rays can cause your carpet to fade. Blinds or curtains will reduce the amount of sun that hits the carpet, ensuring that it will last longer and hold onto its color.
5. Clean up messes and spills right away
No matter how careful you try to be, accidents will happen. Jim from accounting will spill his coffee. Susan from customer service will drop her cherry danish. It happens.
Act quickly and clean up the mess before any wetness soaks into your carpet.
6. Depend on your commercial carpet cleaning company
If you want your carpet to last and to NOT be a turn-off to everyone who comes into your business, you must have your carpets cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. Every few months is a good rule of thumb to follow.
(Hammond Knoll’s Stay Beautiful Program takes the headache out of remembering to schedule regular carpet cleanings. Find out more about it here.)
The deep cleaning will take care of the dust, dirt, debris, and allergens that wreak havoc on your space, and keep your office’s carpet looking great.
Caring for the area and Oriental rugs in your office
How to care for area and Oriental rugs in high-traffic areas of your office
- Every quarter, rotate the rugs.
- Oriental rugs are NOT doormats.
- Protect them from the sun.
- Say no to dents.
- Become besties with your commercial area and Oriental rug cleaning company.
Oriental and area rugs are just as vulnerable to wear and tear as carpets, but they have a leg up in one big way: They’re portable.
Here’s what you can do for the rugs in your commercial space.
1. Rotate the rugs each quarter
Four times a year, give your rugs a little spin. It’ll cut down on the wear-and-tear of the frequent foot traffic.
A good way to remember is to align with other quarterly activities you have to do for your business.
2. Oriental rugs are NOT doormats
Oriental rugs are significantly more fragile than their hardy cousin, the doormat.
The Oriental and area rugs in your commercial space should be far from entrances to reduce hard wear, protect their aesthetic qualities and ensure a long life.
3. Protect rugs from the sun
Those damaging UV rays will have the same consequences on your rugs as they do on the carpet.
But remember the big advantage area rugs have? They’re portable, so it’s a lot easier to keep them out of direct sunlight.
4. Say no to dents
This one’s pretty simple: Putting casters under the legs of chairs, desks and conference tables will help you avoid dents and other damage from crumpled rug fibers.
5. Become besties with your commercial floor cleaning company
The deep cleaning that only a professional rug cleaner can provide will get rid of the dirt AND allergens that accumulate in the fibers.
Your friends at Hammond Knoll may pick up your rug and deliver it back to you (if you’re in our service area!) after it’s had a good cleaning at our “spa.” 😉
Hardwood floor care for your business
How to care for hardwood floors in the high-traffic areas of your business
- Vacuum/sweep daily.
- Mop 2-3 times a week.
- Use doormats made specifically for use on hardwood.
- Use protectors for the bottom of furniture.
- Block the sun.
- Bring in the big guns: AKA your commercial floor cleaning company.
You may assume the hardwood floors in your busy office are sturdy enough to not need much care.
But, lots of shoes walking in and out, back and forth, day after day, WILL take a toll on your hardwood over time.
This news may be shocking, but....regular care is the key to a long life for your hard floors, too.
Here’s what you need to do.
1. Vacuum/sweep daily
Yes, this needs to be a daily task to keep your hardwood floors in the best condition.
There aren’t any breaking-down fibers to worry about here, but dirt and debris can cause scratches on wood flooring.
(Speaking of scratches, when using a vacuum, make sure it’s designed specifically for hardwood floors so you don’t scuff the surface.)
2. Mop frequently
Dirt and debris and grit and dust (you get it) will settle into the wood and could cause permanent damage.
Since that’s no bueno, you need to mop two-three times a week.
(More in the winter!)
3. Purchase doormats made specifically for use on hardwood floors
Look for an absorbent mat with rubber backing and a no-slip grip for safety.
4. Use protectors for the bottoms of office furniture
Felt protectors will keep desks, chairs, filing cabinets, and other office furniture from permanently marking the floor.
5. Yeah, again with the sun
At this point, this isn’t news to you. The sun will make your office’s hardwood floors fade. And it can damage them, too.
Invest in good blinds or curtains to keep your business’ floors looking new.
6. Bring in the big guns: AKA your commercial floor cleaning company
Your hardwood floors also need regular visits from your trusted commercial floor cleaning company.
Twice a year is the norm, but if you notice damage in-between cleanings, get in touch for help.
Commercial floor cleaning for your business’ high-traffic areas
The goal of your business is to be profitable, provide your customers with the best service, and to grow.
These goals are a lot easier to accomplish when you put the right amount of effort into maintaining the floors in your commercial space.
From carpet to hardwood and area and Oriental rugs – and more – Hammond Knoll can tackle your most challenging floor-cleaning and repair issues.
Follow these tips for taking care of your business’ flooring and keep your favorite commercial floor cleaning company – Hammond Knoll – on speed-dial.