The best way to get rid of stains is to prevent them from ever forming. Accidents happen, and some stains are unavoidable. However, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of staining and preserve your commercial carpeting. Check out these carpet stain prevention tips for offices and commercial buildings.
Treat Your Flooring with Carpet Protector
Many forms of commercial carpeting have already been treated with stain resistors. If yours has not though, you can purchase a carpet protector after the flooring is installed. The carpet protector will act as a sealant over the carpet fibers to keep stains from soaking in. This is not a 100% guaranteed way to prevent stains, but it will minimize the chance of a spill turning into a stain. Any liquids that get spilled on the carpet can be blotted up easily.
Clean Spills When They Happen
The longer a spill sits on carpeting, the more likely it is to turn into a stain. If you can take care of the spill right away, you have the best chance at preserving the carpet. When the spill occurs, use a clean cloth to blot it out. Do not rub or scrub the carpeting because that will spread the spill. Press the cloth in to absorb as much liquid as possible, and then lift it up. Repeat until you’ve removed as much of the liquid as possible, and then use can use a carpet cleaner suited for your flooring.
Use Rugs in High-Traffic Areas
Rugs are great for carpet stain prevention because they provide an added layer of protection between shoes and carpeting. You should place entry mats around the doorways to collect dirt, water, snow and salt from guests’ shoes. Then you can also use runners in high-traffic areas. The runners will show people where they are supposed to step, and if they get stained, you can have them cleaned separately. If you need to replace a rug when it gets damaged, it is much cheaper to do that than it is to get all new carpeting.
Clean the Floors Regularly
Stains aren’t always the result of spills. They can also be the result of set-in debris. Something as simple as vacuuming your carpets can prevent these dirt-based stains from forming. The frequency of your commercial carpet maintenance will depend on your building’s overall needs. A small office may only need to be vacuumed once a week. A busy store may need to be vacuumed daily. Talk to your carpet cleaners about the best cleaning schedule for your unique needs.
Alert the Pros When Disaster Strikes
If a spill occurs that isn’t an easy fix, it’s time to call in the professionals. This is especially true for spills like printer ink and toner, which require special care to remove. If you get a stain out in between carpet cleanings, you should still let your cleaners know about it. They can clean the area in detail as they make their rounds so stains do not show up later on.
If you’re interested in commercial carpet cleaning, contact The Resh Company at (410) 780-9800. We would be happy to help you with carpet stain prevention and general carpet cleaning services.