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How Stain Resistant Carpet Tiles Work to Save You Money

Posted on Dec 7, 2016, by Mike Brown

When you get new carpet in your facility, you want to make sure it stays looking its best for as long as possible, to ensure you’re getting the maximum return on your flooring investment. One of the easiest ways to ruin your new carpet is with unsightly staining that your maintenance team can’t remove. If your new carpet gets stained, the costs of stain removal can quickly add up.

Today I’m sharing three ways your choice of carpet tiles can improve your flooring’s resistance to staining, and looking at how having stain resistant carpet can save you money over the lifetime of your flooring.

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3 Things that Contribute to Your Carpet’s Stain Resistance

1) Ensuring Spills are Cleaned Up Promptly

You should try and have a process in place to deal with spills, so that they are cleaned up as quickly as possible to minimize the risk of staining.

2) Stain Resistant Treatment

However, it won’t always be possible to clean up spills as soon as they happen. Therefore, choosing carpet tiles that have been specially treated to resist stains and soiling will help to protect your carpet tiles against staining in three ways:

  • Stain repel – this means most spills can be removed before they penetrate the carpet surface.
  • Stain resist – this stops the spills from bonding with the fibers of the carpet tiles and leaving a stain behind after the spill has been cleaned up.
  • Soil release – this makes it easier to remove dirt from the carpet surface.

3) Color and Pattern

The color and design of your carpet tiles is your next line of defense against staining and soiling. Light-colored, plain carpet tiles will be less effective at concealing stains than darker-colored, patterned carpet tiles.

Therefore, if stains and soiling are a serious concern for your organization, you may want to consider a patterned, colored carpet tile rather than a plain, light colored one.

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How Stain Resistant Carpet Tiles Can Save You Money

1) Less Maintenance Time

Carpets with built-in stain resistance will be less susceptible to staining, which means it will be easier and quicker for your maintenance team to clean up spills as part of their regular cleaning and maintenance schedule.

Your maintenance team’s time costs you money. If they’re not having to spend time scrubbing away stains and applying topical stain removal treatments to your carpet, this can amount to a significant time saving, which in turn offers a significant cost saving.

2) Ability to Spot-Replace Tiles

One of the biggest benefits of installing carpet tiles over wall-to-wall, broadloom carpet is that you can replace individual tiles if necessary. If you do end up with a stain on your carpet that your maintenance team are unable to remove, you can easily remove the affected tile, and replace it with an identical one from your attic stock.

In contrast, if your broadloom carpet gets stained, you’ll need to cut out the stained piece, and replace with another cut-out piece. This can lead to a ‘patchwork’ effect where the replacement section looks very different to the rest of your carpet, which is often more noticeable, and more of an eyesore, than the original stain. Otherwise, the only other option is to replace the whole carpet – a whole lot more expensive than a single carpet tile.

3) Help Your Carpet Last Longer

The combination of built-in stain resistance and the ability to spot-replace damaged tiles can help your carpet last longer. This means that the total cost of ownership will be dramatically less compared with a similarly-priced carpet that lasts for a shorter length of time.

When you factor in additional costs such as disruption to your business, installation and other renovation costs, this can amount to huge cost-savings.

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Mike Brown

Written by Mike Brown