Aside from the obvious reason of keeping a professional appearance, cleaning your carpets helps prevent the buildup of dust, mildew, and other potentially dangerous particles which may cause health and safety problems for your office employees and clients. In addition to this, leaving dirt or other particles or small objects embedded in your carpet can cause permanent damage to the carpet. More than likely, cleaning your carpet regularly is much cheaper in the long run than frequently replacing your carpets! The following is a list of factors that can influence the frequency of your carpet cleaning.
What type of carpet is it?
Colour, pattern, nap, pile type, and density all have an affect on the required frequency of carpet cleaning. A lighter coloured, high-pile carpet will likely need a more frequent clean than a dark, heavily patterned, low-pile carpet.
How much foot traffic is there?
The amount of foot traffic in specific zones of your office can affect how much they should be cleaned. More often than not, areas of high traffic will require more frequent cleaning than areas of lower traffic.
Some good rules of thumb to follow for cleaning based on foot traffic are:
What is the climate like?
If you get a lot of rain or snow, mud is likely to be tracked in which will require more frequent cleaning. Damp, dirty carpets also increase the likelihood of mildew or mold forming on or underneath the carpets. Areas of higher humidity are likely to see an increase in risk of mildew or mold, so carpets should be cleaned more frequently in such areas to prevent mold spores from taking root.
If it's allergy season and you are situated in an area where a lot of pollen or other allergens may find their way into the carpet, it may be a good idea to clean more frequently to help reduce allergy symptoms in your employees.