Does Your Business Have Entrance Mats?

Every business has one thing in common — foot traffic. The only difference between buildings and businesses is the amount of folks coming through the doors. This is where a simple entrance mat can make a big difference to your bottom line.

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Obviously, consumer orientated business buildings like retailers, medical complexes and office buildings get more foot traffic, but just the movement of employees in any business will bring in dirt, mud and other gritty matter (like salt in wintertime) that will wear away carpets and flooring.

Regular commercial cleaning services definitely cut back on this wear and tear with vacuuming and floor care, but when Mother Nature hits there’s nothing stopping the onslaught of grit from visitors. That’s where entrance mats are a great solution to cut back on wear and tear and expensive replacement costs down the road.

Thankfully, people are pretty good about wiping their feet on an entrance mat when it starts raining or snowing. If your business has a lot of traffic your entrance mat will need to be larger and more “heavy duty” to properly get the job done. An extra mat or two can also be brought out during abnormally heavy or prolonged weather conditions.

Another huge reason to have entrance mats is the safety factor. According to government statistics, over 3 million employees working in the food service industry are injured every year from slips and falls. Another 1 million guests suffer the same fate. This is a common problem and can be easily minimized with a good entrance mat wherever people come and go.

When you look at all the positives a simple entrance mat can deliver, it just makes good sense to have them. A 6′ x 4′ mat will cost you anywhere from $75 to $300 depending on what you need. For all they do, it’s a pretty cheap solution. And don’t forget, if you want to spend more you can have them custom-made with your logo or message – or whatever you want!

How to Extend the Life of Your Carpet

carpet care answersWhen talking with new clients at their business they often show me how terrible the carpet looks after being replaced recently. Understandably, they are upset because they spent a lot of money and thought they wouldn’t have to worry about carpeting for many years.

Most of the time the problem can be corrected right away. A good commercial cleaning expert can return your carpet to nearly brand new and institute a schedule to keep your carpet looking great for years and years.

How long a carpet lasts all depends on the maintenance schedule. If done properly it will have a nice appearance and withstand wearing. Basically it extends the life of your carpet years beyond one that is neglected or not on a proper maintenance schedule.

So what makes a carpet wear out before its time?

The main problem comes in the form of abrasives like dust, dirt and foreign objects (pebbles, leaves, etc).

Dust isn’t a real problem and is easily vacuumed. However dust can get embedded into carpet fibers and lead to discoloration. Regular vacuuming easily eliminates this culprit.

Abrasives are much more damaging to a carpet. They are larger and physically damage carpet fibers. This causes the carpet fibers to thin out losing their fullness and luster. If your carpet has “traffic lanes” it is not being vacuumed often enough.

When you add moisture to dust and abrasives the problem gets even worse. Besides discoloration it hastens the damage very quickly. The good news is with a proper vacuuming schedule you can avoid all this damage and enjoy a beautiful carpet for years…

A professional cleaner can help you determine the frequency of vacuuming and shampooing to maintain nice carpets. First, they should ask you about the volume of foot traffic in areas of your business. Here is a short breakdown of what you can expect…

Obviously, high traffic areas require more care – these include entryways, lobbies, reception areas and break rooms. Depending on foot volume and conditions, these areas most likely will require daily cleaning.

Medium traffic areas include traffic lanes like hallways. If the business has a large number of occupants and public traffic these areas probably require daily cleaning. If not, then all is required is vacuuming two or three times a week.

Places with light traffic would only require weekly cleaning. These type of areas would include private offices and other non-public places.

With a proper vacuuming schedule your carpet will look great, have an extended life and won’t require deep cleaning so often. All of this saves your business money in the long run.

Article by Fred Klein at Olde Tyme Cleaning
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