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How to Protect Commercial Carpet Tiles from Wear and Tear

Posted on Jan 18, 2017, by Michael Eckert

Buying new commercial carpet is a significant investment, and the last thing you want is for your modular carpet's appearance to deteriorate rapidly from ongoing wear and tear. To help keep your floor looking new for as long as possible, we're sharing the three most important factors to protecting carpet tile against everyday rigors.Featured image: SABMiller, Bogotá, CUNDINAMARCA, Colombia. Design firm: Grupo Dossarq Architects.

1) Choosing the Right Type of Carpet Tile

When it comes to selecting long-lasting modular carpet, not all tiles are created equal. Several factors affect how durable your carpet tiles will be, but the most important component is the carpet tile backing.

There are two main types of carpet tile backing: hard backing and cushion backing.

With hard-backed carpet tiles, the carpet fibers directly absorb the impact of foot traffic: when walked on, the fibers are compressed, bent and distorted. Over time and repeated use, the carpet fibers become damaged, causing the appearance of your carpet tiles to deteriorate.

In contrast, cushion backing helps to protect carpet fibers: The backing absorbs the impact of foot traffic rather than the fibers, so your carpet is protected against wear and tear. Simply stated, selecting cushion-backed carpet tiles can extend the life of your carpet by 40-50% over hard-backed tiles.

2) Investing in a Tiered Entryway System

Most flooring wear and tear occurs in just 20% of your building, with high-traffic areas like entryways and lobbies subject to the most demanding use.

Dirt and debris, brought into a building on the soles of people's shoes, is one of the biggest causes of flooring wear and tear. Over time, repeated foot traffic grinds grit and dirt particles into your carpet, accelerating the damage. Think of it like sandpaper rubbing away at the carpet fibers, diminishing their appearance.

By investing in a tiered entryway system, you can prevent up to 80% of dirt, dust and debris from being brought onto your carpet in the first place. Entryway flooring systems combine tough scraper mats with absorbent textile products to remove the majority of dirt and moisture from shoes as guests walk into the building. The result: Your carpet tiles are protected from the worst of the wear and tear caused by dirt and moisture.

3) Implementing Regular Maintenance

The two factors above relate to choosing the best-quality products to reduce the impact of wear and tear on commercial carpet tiles. However, even after installation, you can further protect your carpet's appearance by following a proper maintenance program.

Regular vacuuming is the most important step to extend the life of your carpet once installed. The areas of your building with the highest levels of foot traffic will need to be vacuumed daily, but lower-traffic areas, such as executive offices, may only need to be vacuumed once or twice a week.

In addition to frequent vacuuming, carpet tiles require periodic deep cleaning. Vacuuming can only remove 80% of the dirt from your carpet, so schedule deep cleans several times a year. For the best results, consider working with a commercial carpet cleaning company.

By following a regular maintenance program that combines vacuuming with deep cleaning, you will remove the dirt that makes it past your tiered entry systems, and prevent dirt particles from wearing away at your modular carpet.

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Michael Eckert

Written by Michael Eckert