Choosing the right commercial carpeting for your Brighton business is not a straightforward proposition.
The floor is a large surface and shouldn’t be an afterthought when it comes to décor. While you may be tempted to go with a hard surface, like wood or polished concrete, carpeting can provide greater warmth and safety while softening the sound of employees rushing for the exit at 5 pm.
Today, Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Brighton offers tips to get you on the right track whether you’re renovating an office or tackling retail tenant improvements. We discuss the four must-have features that you should keep in mind when choosing commercial carpeting:
- Checks All the Boxes
- No Wimpy Cheap Stuff
- Bang for Your Buck
- Great First Impression
Checks All the Safety Boxes
How do you determine if a commercial carpet is suitable for your Brighton business? At the top of your list should be safety, so it’s important to know about fire ratings.
First, check that the product has passed the NBS Smoke Chamber Test. Because more people are killed or injured by smoke inhalation than by actual fire, laying a material that keeps down smoke levels during a fire can potentially save lives. All carpets, whether made for commercial or residential purposes must pass this test with a 450 or less.
If the company you’re buying commercial carpeting from is reputable, they will only sell products compliant with this regulation – in fact, it’s illegal to sell carpet that hasn’t passed. However, you should always double-check just in case.
Next, you need to consider any special considerations for your particular place of business. This would be best to talk over with a professional to think about what kinds of things your carpet will need to be able to withstand. A few boxes to check might include:
- If the floor will get wet frequently
- Potential chemical exposure (such as bathing suits dripping chlorine)
- The amount of traffic the floor will receive
- If there will be rolling traffic or light vehicles
- Weather exposure, including UV rays
This list is not exhaustive, but a professional can help you determine what considerations are important. From there, they can also help you choose the right type of carpet for your needs.
No Wimpy Commercial Carpeting
In general, carpet in a commercial setting will see a lot more traffic than most people’s homes which requires a durable product designed and manufactured specifically for businesses.
This class of carpet, conveniently called commercial carpeting, is intended to meet the heavy traffic needs of a business. However, there is a bit of variety within this class.
The three most important factors to consider when determining the durability of a carpet are density, color, and pattern.
Density is measured in ounces per cubic yard. Listed in the product specifications, it should be a number somewhere between 2000 and 10,000. The higher the number, the denser the carpet and thereby more durable. Commercial carpet numbers start around 4,000, but if your business receives a lot of traffic, you should be looking at carpets on the higher end of the spectrum.
Be aware that these numbers are not accurate for all types of carpets. For example, if you are considering cut-pile carpet you should add about 500 to these figures. Also, be aware that “high traffic” is a somewhat subjective term. A professional can help you to determine how dense your carpet should be to get a reasonable life expectancy out of your new carpet.
As for commercial carpeting color, your initial thought might be that color fits under aesthetics, but it certainly plays a part in how well your carpet holds up. Think about choosing a dense carpet rated for heavy traffic areas – in white. Sounds like a disaster, right? So, think about what color would do best to hide the dirt in your area. For example, if the soil is sandy, you might choose a lighter hue with a similar color in the carpet fibers.
The pattern also plays a role in how clean your carpet appears. Many patterns are very effective at hiding stains–or making them more obvious, so choose wisely.
Bang for Your Buck
Whatever type of carpet you choose, the cost will always be a major factor. If you find yourself compromising on color or density or anything else on this list, it might be best to wait until you have budget for proper commercial carpeting. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting money.
So, how do you get more bang for your buck? This is where choosing the correct density comes into play. Generally speaking, the denser the carpet, the more expensive it is.
Therefore, if you have a small Brighton shop that only receives a handful of customers a day, it would be excessive to splurge on a high-density carpet. If you have a busy lobby but a low-traffic back office, you might be able to find similar looking carpet in different densities.
Any reputable commercial carpeting seller should take the time to understand your needs and help you maximize value. Beyond density, they can guide you in choosing styles, patterns and choosing a product that can evolve with your style over time while still looking fresh and new.
Great First Impression
So, we’ve already talked about how choosing the right color and pattern can keep your carpet looking new. However, you also want to choose something that is attractive and doesn’t detract from the overall look of your business.
In the past, business owners generally had to buy ugly brown carpet, and all choices were limited. Now, however, there are hundreds of colors and styles to choose from, so you can find the carpet that is the perfect fit for your business.
Let Us Protect Your Investment
We hope these tips help you when choosing the right carpet product for your Brighton business.
And once you have them installed, make sure your commercial carpeting remains good-looking for years simply by vacuuming and calling Acme Clean for a thorough cleaning at least twice a year. Our professionals will help your carpet last longer and keep it looking its best. To make an appointment, get in touch with us at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Brighton.