Over-cleaning Commercial Carpet

There is a tendency for some commercial establishments to sometimes equate cleaning with providing a better experience — especially for places that serve food. While you definitely want to have a system in place to ensure that your silverware and serving dishes are spotless and clean at all times, there are some areas that you can relax a bit when it comes to cleaning. Your commercial carpets are one such area.

Regular Vacuuming is Sufficient in Most Cases
Most commercial establishments have a protocol in place for regular vacuuming. Typically scheduled at the close of business — or during slow times for restaurants that are open 24 hours — daily vacuuming does more than simply remove crumbs and other debris. It fluffs the carpet fibers and makes it look more inviting.

Spot Clean Only
Of course, you are going to have accidents that require more care than a daily vacuuming. In this case, simply spot clean with a rug cleaner specifically designed for commercial use. Be sure to cordon off the area to avoid having customers trample the wet carpet as doing so can lead to broken carpet fibers and more stains.

Scale Back Carpet Washings
While some high-traffic areas might need to be cleaned more often, in general, it is preferable to scale back carpet washings to no more than once a month. A case in point is the recent decision by Olive Garden to cut back on its twice-monthly cleanings. While Gene Lee, the company’s chief executive officer, notes that this development is a cost-cutting measure fore Olive Garden, it is in line with industry standards recommended by carpet cleaning experts. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) — a non-profit organization that sets standards for the cleaning industry, among others — extensive treatment and deep cleaning of commercial carpets is only necessary a couple of times each year.

While regular vacuuming and spot cleaning can help keep the carpet fibers looking vibrant and fresh, deep cleaning too often can produce the opposite effect — crushed and limp carpet fibers that lack spring and retain cleaning solution. In addition, the budget that is tapped for this unnecessary carpet cleaning can often be better used elsewhere.

When it comes to floor covering there are as many trends as there are in fashion. Animal prints come to mind when thinking about trends in clothing. Animal prints are also in fashion when it comes to flooring. Think about tone on tone zebra carpet. Or how about a full zebra look carpet. This blogger had a zebra area rug (made from carpet remnants) fifteen years ago. I passed it down to a family member when it came time for them to go to college. Cheap carpet and area rugs are all about texture and many include tribal design. Nature is also a trend from tropical floral design to tree design to leaf design. Again tone on tone carpet is elegant and everlasting. A full patterned design will be trendy but definitely fun!!!

In keeping with these trends, discount laminate flooring is offered in exotic wood looks as well as natural stone and embossed patterns.

Tile too has its trends including longer tiles and embossed tiles, along with carpet tiles.

Wood flooring along with laminate is seeing a trend in high-gloss sheen.

Discount flooring should be practical and fun. It should never be boring!! Flooring says a lot about a person. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be the “right” flooring for you.

When you are in the market go to Carpet Depot AZ. They have two locations servicing the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Both locations are warehouses. Carpet Depot is one of the largest independent stocking dealers. For discount carpet, laminate, hardwood, tile and vinyl visit Carpet Depot. They are sure to have what you are looking for.

This blog is a continuation of the previous carpet installation blog. What if your new carpet will be next to a discount hardwood flooring? That is known as transition. Your flooring professional will do their best to match the surface heights of the various types of flooring in order to minimize transitions. Another thing to realize is that sometimes baseboards and moldings may need to be removed and reattached. The industry standard is that the customer will be responsible for damages done to the existing moldings and baseboards. Moldings and baseboards are typically dry and/or brittle (in particular quarter round). Sometimes baseboards get scratched and/or nicked. It is typically the homeowner’s responsibility to do those touch ups.

What about removal of your old cheap carpet? Check with your dealer and/or installation professional to see if there is a removal fee for the existing floor covering (usually carpet padding and carpet).

Sometimes doors need to be removed to install discount carpet. If doors need to be shaved to insure clearance then it is best to have a qualified carpenter perform that. Again you need to check with your dealer and/or qualified installer as to their policy and cost.

Please remember to disconnect electronics and if there is plumbing or electrical disconnections that need to be made please use a professional in that area to perform these jobs prior to installation.

All discount flooring needs to be installed over a structurally sound and proper sub-floor. Any sub-floor damage (insects, rotted wood, water damage) should be fixed prior to installation.

Please plan on being available the day of carpet installation in the case the crew has any questions. They will be using tools and techniques that will require you to keep children and pets out of the work area.

When the installation is complete you will be so happy with the results you will wonder what took you so long?

Carpet Depot in Phoenix has two warehouse locations and is one of the largest stocking carpet dealers. They can pass on the discounts to you. If you purchase an in-stock carpet product they can install it the next day.