How to Make Your Office Carpet Healthier & Lengthen Its Lifespan

Posted on: 29 April 2015


A knackered carpet in your office doesn't create a nice impression for clients, and research shows dirty old carpet makes workers less accurate. If you want your office to look great and your employees to avoid the toxic effects of old dirty carpet, there are things you can do. Here are five tips for lengthening the lifespan of your carpet and ensuring it is as healthy as possible for you and your employees:

1. Install low pile carpet

Keeping carpet healthy starts in the selection process. Instead of installing deep cushy carpet that can harbour dirt and dust, install low-pile carpet. This type of industrial carpet is designed to withstand wear and tear better than deep pile carpet, and it comes in all patterns and colours. If you want it to feel plushier underfoot, install a really thick pad beneath it.

2. Place plastic runners over high traffic areas

If you want to stop dirt and debris from getting embedded into carpet, stop shoes from coming into contact with carpet. You can do this easily by placing plastic runners over high traffic areas.

3. Shift high traffic areas

If possible, shift your high traffic areas. If you have two elevators leading to your floor, ask employees to rotate which one they use to give some of the carpet in the hallway a break.

If you have rows of cubicles with carpet in between them, move the desks and cubicles seasonally. It gives everyone a new vantage point, but it also moves high-traffic passageways to the relatively unused spaces under desks. This shift stops some areas from getting more exposure to dirt than others.

4. Vacuum frequently

Regardless of how much traffic your carpets encounter, frequent vacuuming can help a lot. Hire commercial cleaners to come into your office and vacuum the carpet. Make sure they are using vacuums with clean and new filters. The filters grab the microscopic allergens, and if the filters are old or dirty, these allergens will just blow back into the carpet.

5. Reduce dust

The most common allergen that lives in the carpet is dust mites. These microscopic creatures eat dust, and their waste products get into the air, exacerbating allergies and making your space more toxic.

If you can reduce the dust in your office, you can reduce the dust mites. In addition to regular vacuuming, have commercial cleaners regularly dust desktops, filing cabinets and other surfaces. That has a direct and positive impact on your carpet.