Business owners who are responsible for maintaining their commercial spaces may have some questions pertaining to when they should change out the carpet. In some instances, it might be somewhat obvious based on its appearance.
Carpets that have signs of damage need to be replaced immediately, while excessive wear and tear should also be addressed in order to maintain a professional look.
But what about those situations where the carpet isn’t displaying any outward signs of disrepair? Does that mean your carpet doesn’t need to be replaced? Not quite.
Sometimes your carpet tiles may need to be swapped out because they haven’t been well cared for and while they may look okay at first glance, a closer examination of the floor covering reveals dirt and grime. Carpets can also become infested with germs and bacteria, leading to an unhealthy situation, especially if there hasn’t been dedicated, routine maintenance performed on them.
Before we talk about the lifespan of your commercial carpet and the frequency with which you need to replace it, let’s first cover the factors that can have a substantial effect on that lifespan and what you can do to extend it as far as possible.
All carpet tiles come with a backing and the type of backing on yours can have an effect on the resilience and sturdiness of the material. Most carpets come with one of two common options – hard backing and cushion backing.
In the case of the former, hard-backed tiles will often show the impacts of heavy, repeated foot traffic a lot faster due to the fibers taking the brunt of that constant wear and tear. The result is a carpet that can start to break down much quicker. The hard backing is unforgiving to the fibers because they are absorbing every step and it shows.
The latter type, cushion backing, softens the blow of every step across your carpet tiles because the backing, not the fibers, take the brunt of the abuse. This can help to preserve the appearance of the carpet for much longer.
Allowing moisture to get trapped beneath your carpet can mean certain doom for your expensive floor coverings. Doing so can bring with a wide range of issues such as the development of harmful mold and mildew. Additionally, excessive moisture may also cause the adhesive holding the tiles to the floor to come loose.
In extreme cases, the floor itself can become compromised and damaged which means you’re going to need to tear up the carpet to repair the problems.
Clean carpets are far more likely to last much longer than those that are neglected. So you need to adopt a maintenance schedule that incorporates routine vacuuming on a weekly basis, at the very least. Those office environments that see extreme levels of daily foot traffic might want to consider doing it every two to three days.
Deep cleaning is also a vital part of the process and calling in a company like Green Dog Chem-Dry can ensure that all of the bacteria and germs that get stuck in the fibers of your carpet are completely eliminated. This will ensure the life of your tiles well beyond the normal expectancy.
Time to Replace?
So when is it time to have your commercial carpet taken out and new material brought in for installation? Well, that depends and we can turn to the type of backing you’ve chosen for your current floor coverings as a way to determine the answer.
Most hard-backed tiles will usually last anywhere from 5 to 8 years. But the materials used in that backing will likely be the deciding factor. Those with PVC backing on their carpet tiles can typically expect their lifespan to follow on the longer end of that spectrum while backing that utilizes thermoplastic materials will usually last for a shorter period of time.
As you may have guessed, tiles that use cushion backing tend to last longer because the backing will protect the fibers of the carpet. With this type of carpeting, you might expect to replace the carpet anywhere from 10 to 12 years.
But remember, these lifespans can be further extended through routine cleaning that includes vacuuming and a professional deep clean on a regular basis. Eliminating any type of moisture from getting beneath the carpet will also be helpful. Under these circumstances, a carpet tile could last far beyond its expected lifespan.
But, above all, keep an eye on your carpet and be very diligent about assessing the amount of wear and tear and foot traffic that it receives from week to week.