How to Clean and Maintain Your Office Carpet

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Office carpets can get nasty as they deal with a ton of foot traffic. People frequently come in and out at least five days a week, carrying with them dirt and debris picked up outside. Fallen hair follicles, dead skin cells, food crumbs, office debris, and more can get caught in carpet fibers, making them grimy and dull-looking. 

Office carpet cleaning can be done the DIY method or the professional method. The DIY method is perfect for general maintenance and upkeep, but commercial carpet cleaning services can deep clean your carpets and make them look new.

Carpet Cleaning Using Carpet Broom

To get rid of dirt from the surface area, sweep the carpet using a rubber or bristles carpet broom. Carpet brooms are made to reach deep within the carpet fibers to remove dirt and grime. When done as part of an office cleaning routine, simply sweeping the office carpet can already minimize grime that may otherwise cause staining, allergies, and other health issues.

To sweep the carpet using a carpet broom, you will need to use a little elbow grease to get those dust and hairs trapped from within the carpet. Most carpet brooms will have attachments that can be used to take out dirt for cleaner sweeping. Work in small areas at a time, and use a dustpan to collect the dirt for easier disposal.

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Regular Carpet Cleaning With Vacuum

Vacuuming your office carpet is your first defense against dirt and grime buildup. Daily vacuuming can do a great deal in removing loose debris settled on the surface of your carpet flooring, and prevent dirt from getting deeper into the carpet fibers. Regular vacuuming removes around 80% of the dirt trapped in your carpet, and is generally your go-to cleaning method.

Use a vacuum with a flooring attachment and a suction power between 270-350 AW. Most carpet floor attachments have bristled ends that you can use to brush out the deep-seated dirt. Clean your office carpet as you normally would using a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum high traffic areas daily, and low traffic areas at least once a week to maintain cleanliness.

Baking Soda for Office Carpet Cleaning

Baking soda works like a magnet attracting dirt, and clumps them together for easier clean up. Static electricity in the carpet pulls dirt from deep within the fibers, and makes them stick to the baking soda granules. To use baking soda as a cleaning agent, you can sprinkle the powder dry, or mix with a liquid to form a stain-removing paste.

To create a stain-removing solution, mix together baking soda and vinegar until it forms a paste. Apply the paste on stained areas and allow to dry before vacuuming up the powder. For the dry method, simply work in the baking soda using a bristle brush, then vacuum it up completely for a carpet that looks clean and bright.

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Deodorizing Carpet with Baking Soda

Baking soda doesn’t just get rid of dirt and debris, it also deodorizes foul-smelling carpets. Carpets that have dampened from spills, smoke smells, and other musty odours can be pulled out of the carpet fibers by sprinkling baking soda around them.

To deodorize your office carpets with baking soda, liberally sprinkle baking soda around your carpet, focusing on spots where the smell is strongest. Allow the powder to sit and absorb the smells; around 30 minutes to an hour. Vacuum up the baking soda and dispose properly. You may add a few drops of essential oils to the baking soda before you sprinkle it for a fresh scent.

Use Spot-Clean Solutions

For isolated spills and discoloration, use commercially-available spot-clean solutions to get rid of the unsightly stain once and for all. Look for spot-clean solutions, like the Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover, that have rinse-free formulas, and can remove all stains - from coffee and oil stains, to pet accidents and ink. 

Alternatively, you can use a homemade mixture of dish soap, white vinegar, and water to spot-clean that stain out. Mix together a tablespoon of dish soap with a tablespoon of white vinegar. Dilute with 2 cups of water, and use a cloth to dab the solution onto the stain. Let the solution sit for 10 minutes to soften the stain, and continue manually scrubbing out the stain.

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services

Large, carpeted offices will take time and effort to clean. With so much already on your plate, who has the time to accomplish such a big task? Then, it’s time to call in commercial carpet cleaning professionals for deep clean solutions that give you the best value for your money. 

Our professional carpet cleaning services here at Luce will clean, deodorize, and sanitize your workspaces for you, so you can focus on your work and business. Increase morale among your workforce with a fresh, clean working environment, and keep productivity flowing with our routine professional cleaning service.

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Tips to Keep Office Carpets Clean

When you finally get your office carpets looking bright and new again, you’d want to maintain its pristine condition as long as possible. Frequent use of carpet cleaning solutions can fray the fibers, loosen the adhesives, and generally age your carpet faster. Here are a few tips on office carpet maintenance that will help keep your carpet fresh:

  • Clean up spills immediately to minimize staining as much as possible. 
  • Redirect foot traffic away from stains and dirty areas to avoid spreading the grime.
  • Clean office carpet regularly using a vacuum cleaner, or a carpet broom.
  • Avoid or minimize foot traffic while carpet is being cleaned.
  • Maintain a CLAYGO (Clean As You Go) initiative among employees.
  • Schedule with a professional cleaning service for routine carpet cleaning.

Whatever the stain, or grime, proper office maintenance is a must in keeping your workplace professional, as well as giving you and your workforce a healthier environment to focus on your work.

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