Prevent Carpet Odors in Your Commercial Building

Did you know that most carpet odors derive from improper cleaning and maintenance? The key to prevention is putting the carpet on a maintenance program. Here are some guidelines and tips to crafting an annual maintenance plan that is just right for your building.

  1. Measure Twice, Clean Once
    Knowing the square footage of carpet in your building and which types of carpeting are in each area are critical to creating a carpet care plan that meets your needs, without whittling away your budget.
  2. Keep the Dirt Out
    Knowing which areas have more foot traffic, and also if they have protective bi-level matting, can help determine which areas need more frequent deep cleaning.
  3. Cleaning Frequency and Procedures
    Routine cleaning, such as daily vacuuming with high quality equipment, can vastly reduce your need for deep cleaning. Look for backpack vacuums and properly dated filters. Correctly executing on your periodic deep carpet extraction cleaning is essential to keep carpets dry, preventing mold growth.

Training is the key to making sure all staff know the cleaning expectations, and are able to complete all cleaning tasks properly and safely. “Improper training can damage carpets, especially when doing carpeting spotting. And unfortunately, lack of training is common in the cleaning industry.” Joe Choplin, City Wide Operations and Support Director, says. “Plus, properly maintaining your carpets will allow them to stay under warranty.”

Preventing odors in carpets will save you the money you would need to replace carpets or detach them from the floor in order to disperse neutralizing chemicals, which may or may not work. Due to the chemistry and expertise involved in this process, always choose a qualified contractor.

Are you experiencing or worried about odor problems in your commercial office building? Look first at your annual carpet care program and then contact your local City Wide Maintenance, your one point of contact for 20+ building maintenance solutions, including carpet cleaning, deep extraction, mold remediation, and janitorial services.

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