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How to Specify Versatile Commercial Carpet Tile

Posted on Oct 26, 2017, by Michael Eckert

Most people treat modular carpet tiles as a static product - something that gets installed at the start of its life, and removed several years later when it's time for a replacement. However, one of the biggest advantages of modular carpet tiles is their versatility: it's possible to lift and re-lay tiles in different areas, to change-up the look of your commercial space and refresh the design without undertaking a full renovation project.

This gives them extra versatility over other flooring products - but not all commercial carpet tiles are created equal. When specifying carpet tiles for clients, you want to feel confident that the product you've selected is versatile enough to meet the organization's requirements - now, and for many years to come.

We're sharing five factors to consider when selecting commercial carpet, to help you choose carpet tiles that are versatile and adaptable to your client's practical and aesthetic needs.

Featured image: Halcrow Group, London, UK. Design firm: M. Moser Associates

1) Select Durable Carpet Tiles

The most important consideration when selecting versatile carpet tiles is: will it last?

If you're prioritizing versatility in the products you're selecting, it's likely that you're planning for the long-term, and thinking of ways to re-use your chosen carpet tile in the coming years.

Therefore, selecting carpet tiles that are durable and long-lasting is a must. The primary consideration for choosing durable carpet tiles is the type of backing that's used. Cushion backed carpet tiles can last 40-50% longer than hard-back carpet tiles, as the cushion protects the fibers from wear and tear, so they maintain their appearance for longer.

Learn more about the different factors that affect carpet durability.

2) Opt for an Adhesive-Free Installation

For carpet tiles to be truly versatile, your clients will want to be able to use them in several locations during their life. To make this possible, you'll want to select carpet tiles that can be installed without adhesive - for example, Milliken's TractionBack products have a unique high-friction backing, which keeps the tiles securely fixed in place without additional adhesives.

As well as simplifying and streamlining the initial installation process, this means it's easy to re-use the carpet tiles in another location when your client wants to redesign their commercial space after a few years. Tiles can be lifted and re-laid in their new location, without the hassle of prying adhesive from the sub-floor.

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3) Select a Classic Pattern or Color

If you're planning a project with versatility and flooring re-use at the core, it's crucial that you select carpet with a timeless aesthetic.

If you select a pattern or color that's this year's hottest trend, it risks looking outdated pretty quickly as trends change and eventually fall out of favor. This can make it harder for your client to re-use it in the future, even in a different part of the building.

4) Identify Opportunities for Re-Use Within the Organization

It may be helpful for your clients to identify key areas where you think it will be smart to change-up their carpet tiles in a few years. For example, show clients how their boardoom carpet could easily be re-used in an office. This will enable them to visualize the change from the outset, and help them appreciate the versatility of the carpet tiles you've specified.

5) Create a Comprehensive Maintenance Routine - and Stick to It

Ensuring the selected carpet tiles are maintained properly is essential to prolonging their usable life.

Once your carpet’s installed, cleaning and maintenance is the most important thing you can do to extend the life of your carpet. While the exact cleaning requirements will vary depending on levels of foot traffic within the space - and even depending on the season - it's essential that the cleaning program includes both vacuuming and regular deep cleaning.

Additionally, your client should be aware of the importance of spot cleaning. The best way to minimize permanent staining and carpet damage is to act on spills and soiling as soon as they appear. This will require more proactivity from their maintenance team, but will help to keep their carpet tiles looking like new for as long as possible.

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Michael Eckert

Written by Michael Eckert