A Guide to Carpet Tile Maintenance from The Redditch Partitions & Storage Co. Ltd.
The Redditch Partitions & Storage Co. Ltd. are specialists in the supply and installation of school furniture, suspended ceilings, lockers and flooring and they have decided to share their knowledge, to provide your school with a simple guide to carpet tile maintenance.
School flooring can experience severe wear and tear if it is not regularly maintained, simply due to the sheer number of staff and pupils that will be using it on a day-to-day basis. If your school has carpet tile flooring, it is vital that you maintain this flooring regularly to optimise its wear life and appearance.
Here is the guide they have put together:
The most important point to make when discussing carpet tile maintenance is that it is more ef
fective to maintain the area from day one on a planned maintenance regime than to carry out major restorative cleaning when your carpet tiles become excessively soiled.
The required frequency and method of cleaning will be determined by the product type, colour, traffic intensity and soiling type and will vary widely from one environment to another. The timing of deep cleans will be determined by your cleaning contractor, based on an assessment of the type of soiling, the volume of traffic and the location within the school. If a planned maintenance programme is followed through, the need for intensive wall to wall cleaning by wet extraction or shampooing will be less frequent.
Corrective cleaning should always be carried out by professional carpet cleaning contractors.
A good vacuuming programme is essential to successful carpet tile maintenance. It reduces the necessity for intense cleaning procedures to preserve the appearance and durability of your carpet tiles. In addition to removing dirt, vacuum cleaning also helps to lift and restore the pile. Proper equipment and technique are critical to the success of a vacuuming programme.
Carpet tiles should be vacuumed daily. Heavy traffic areas such as lobbies, entryways and barrier mats, particularly those exposed to external conditions, may require more frequent vacuuming to prevent dirt and dry soiling being tracked into other areas.
The key to spot removal is to treat them as quickly as possible. The longer the spillage is left on your carpet tile, the more difficult it will be to remove. Certain types of spots will, if left unattended, attract more dirt and if sticky, the spilled substance will be transferred elsewhere.
Replacement of Damaged Tiles
One of the major benefits of carpet tiles is that irretrievably damaged tiles can be easily replaced. When replacing tiles, bear in mind that a brand new tile will always look slightly different to surrounding tiles, which will have had some use. If tiles have been removed to allow access to under-floor services, care should be taken to replace the tiles with the directional arrows on the back of the tile facing the same way as the tiles that were removed.
If you need to talk about getting the best out of your carpet tiles, The Redditch Partitions and Storage Co. Ltd. can give you impartial advice.We hope this helpful guide from member The Redditch Partitions and Storage Co. Ltd. will enable your school to keep your carpet tile flooring in tip-top condition, to ensure you are making the most out of your school budget and to ensure you can maintain a school that is immaculate.