As a building owner or facility manager, creating a comfortable, safe environment for employees and visitors is essential. Doing so will help secure repeat business and reduce liability. Updating commercial carpets should be a property improvement on your to-do list. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to replace the current flooring, here’s a look at the most common indicators.
When Should You Replace Your Building’s Carpeting?
1. Stains & Bad Smells
Noticeable carpet stains can make an entire office space look dingy. This impacts employee morale, and soiled surfaces create a bad first impression when people come to visit.
Unfortunately, after cleaning spills, spots often resurface when dirt, food particles, and other debris get stuck to the cleaning solution residue left behind. The moisture from spills can also soak through carpeting down to the padding underneath. The saturation can lock bad smells into carpet fibers.
2. Allergy Flare-Ups
If people who work in the building are frequently sick, the condition of carpets could be partly to blame. When it rains, moisture tracked into the building can seep into carpeting, encouraging mold growth in the damp fibers.
Walking on the floors then leads to mold spores becoming airborne. Breathing in the fungus can cause health issues, such as sneezing, sore throats, headaches, and sinusitis, for susceptible staff members.
Commercial carpets wear down quickly in busy areas, as the constant foot traffic can lead to matting. When strands and tufts fold over each other, some fibers will look flatter than others.
This is often the case with polyester installations. Heavy wear can also cause carpet ends to fray, which increases the risk of slip-and-fall accidents.
Nylon is a viable replacement choice. It’s a resilient commercial carpet material, as the fibers are sturdy and won’t break down when exposed to shoe soles and other abrasive objects.