In our previous post, we were discussing Thanksgiving time in the office. We saw what some of the ways to prepare the office for the upcoming holidays are, and what we should be thankful for in the office. Unfortunately, it seems as Thanksgiving has come and gone so quickly, right? And with Thanksgiving gone, winter seems closer than ever. This does have its ups, given the fact that Christmas and New Year are also fast approaching, but also its downs – winter time in the office. There will be plenty of time to talk about Christmas and New Year, but today, we’ll talk about something maybe not so festive. Today we’ll talk about our possibly favorite topic, office carpets, and more precisely, we’ll talk about office carpets in winter months – how to properly care for them?
Let’s start by saying that our beautiful office carpets deserve proper care all year long, in winter, spring, summer, and fall. But, there are different things to think about during each season, and today we’ll see what is important when it comes to carpet care during winter months.
Proper care starts with proper prepping. So, first of all, we should try our best to prep our office carpets for upcoming winter. Depending on the area of business you are in, winter (holiday) time equals a lot of increased traffic. And, with increased foot traffic, your office carpets are going to take a lot of wear and tear which could result in your floors looking dingy and dirty. Even in our Florida city, carpet still gets a beating in the winter months.
So, what can you do to get the office ready for your scheduled winter cleaning? You could start by asking your stuff to declutter their work area as much as possible. By doing so, it will make it a lot easier on the cleaning professionals to move the furniture around so they can have better access to the carpets. If you do this ahead of time, you will save a lot of time not just to the cleaners but to you and your employees, because the cleaning will be done in the most efficient way possible.
When talking about possible damage and ways to avoid it, another thing that comes up is the baseboard of your office walls, they could also become damaged or dinged by the cleaning equipment or the cords. Some painter’s tape might do the trick here so this could be a small piece of useful advice to follow.
And finally, in the preparatory phase, a good thing would be to clean out the parking area and entrance. Sweeping out the area and hosing down the parking lot will do wonders for your office carpets. It will prevent tracking in dirt and grease from the parking lot and entranceway, and it will keep your carpets clean for a longer period of time.
So, as we’ve just seen, preparation is key for having your office carpets look nice and last longer. Apart from preparation, proper care and maintenance are what will make your office carpets withstand cold winter conditions and will make them overcome added foot traffic and soil.
One of the most important things you can do is establish a regular carpet cleaning routine. With the help of your cleaning company, this will be a breeze. They will know, by estimating all the conditions in your office and the state of your carpets, when the timing is right and when to schedule regular cleaning appointments. This will help prevent wear patterns and stains from forming during winter months and beyond. Bear in mind, your office carpets are designed to help hide all the dirt and stains, so, even if they don’t look dirty, they can be; there can be a buildup of all types of bacteria, mold, stains, etc. lurking beneath the surface. In addition to that, hidden grime with a heavy load of dirt and sand during winter months will break down carpet fibers even more quickly. Vacuuming is a must, but it won’t help in the long run. In order to truly protect your carpets and prolong their lifespan, you need experienced technicians with proper equipment. With regular deep clean they will remove all the hidden grime, help extend the longevity of your office carpets, and, of course, minimize the costs of repairs and replacements.
Another thing that can help is to strategically select and place protective mats. Remember, we talked about cleaning your parking lots and entryways. Here protective mats come in handy. If you choose to use them, it will have a positive impact on your carpets, because all that dirt and sand will eventually make its way to carpeted areas. Also, floor mats can prevent slip-and-fall accidents and protect the surface from abrasions and wear. It may seem like a small thing to do, but if you follow this advice, your carpets will be thankful, trust us, and winter will seem like spring.
Today we’ve seen all the measures we can possibly take in order to assure our carpets remain in the best conditions possible. Seems like the word of the day is ‘proper’ – proper preparation, proper care, and proper maintenance is all you need to make sure winter in your office goes as smoothly as possible. And, with the help of trained and experienced professionals, there will be neither dirt nor sand that could harm your carpets; they will be ready for all those holiday parties coming up, and they will be the perfect accessory to your clean and well-maintained office space.