Suburban Building Services, Inc.
COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICES & SUPPLIES
P.O. Box 2136 Linden, New Jersey 07036-2136
Linda D. Kanouse
Textile Care Consultants
4965 West 14th Street
Speedway, Indiana 46224
PROPER CARE EXTENDS CARPET LIFE
Linda D. Kanouse
The overall price of commodities has increased 326% over the past four decades, yet the price of carpets has only increased 77.8% according to The Carpet and Rug Institute, the national trade association for the carpet and rug industry, Dalton, Georgia. Carpet is a tremendous value, but it is still one of the largest purchases you will make for your home or business. How can you best protect this investment?
The durability and soil hiding characteristics of todays carpet can disguise the need for maintenance. Proper maintenance of carpet can enhance the beauty and extend the useful life of carpet and protect your investment. Clean carpet contributes not only to the overall aesthetics of a structure, but it plays a significant role in the healthful state of the indoor environment in which people work, live and spend the majority of their time.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the certification body for the professional carpet and upholstery cleaning and restoration industry, Vancouver, Washington, offers the following steps for proper carpet maintenance.
Commercial Carpet should be analyzed according to its construction, the type and frequency of traffic, the soiling conditions encountered, and other extenuating circumstances, such as occupant activities, structure design and indoor air quality. Specialized maintenance and cleaning programs (e.g. weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, etc.) should be developed based on individual needs. Moreover, frequent cleaning of entrance and high traffic areas reduces the contaminants and soil particulate tracked in from outside the structure that accumulate in these areas.
One of the most critical, though often neglected, responsibilities of carpet owners involves routine maintenance. The useful life and appearance of carpet are affected substantially by the type, quality and frequency of maintenance procedures. Carpet that is properly cared for will provide many years of beauty and service. Following the IICRC recommended four steps of carpet maintenance will protect your carpet investment.