Choosing the Right Commercial Carpet for Your Business

Choosing the Right Commercial Carpet for Your BusinessChoosing the right commercial carpet for your business is not always easy. Today, Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver has a few tips to help get you on the right track. The floor is a large surface in your place of business and as such reflects a great deal on your business’ appearance. It might not get the attention of a well-designed accent piece, in fact, it shouldn’t pull the eye too much, but a poor choice in carpeting will definitely attract the eye and leave an impression you want to avoid.

There are five basic areas that you should keep in mind when choosing the right commercial carpeting for your business. These are:

  • Suitability
  • Durability
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Cost
  • Aesthetics

Suitability

How do you determine if a commercial carpet is suitable for your business? First, for safety, know about fire ratings. There are two fire ratings that you should be aware of. The first is the NBS Smoke Chamber Test. More people are killed or injured by smoke inhalation than by the actual fire so using materials that keep down the smoke level 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 carpet company you are considering buying from is reputable, they will only sell carpet compliant with this regulation as any carpet that cannot pass this test is illegal. However, it is a good item to check.

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 examples 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

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.

Durability

In general, a commercial establishment receives a lot more traffic than most people’s homes and so requires a durable carpet that will last well. There is a class of carpet, conveniently called commercial carpet, that is designed 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. You can find density in the product specifications, and 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 4000, but if your business receives a lot of traffic, you should be looking at carpets around 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.

Your initial thought when choosing the right commercial carpet for your business might be that color belongs under aesthetics, but it plays a part in how well your carpet holds up. Think about choosing a dense carpet rated for heavy traffic areas–in white. How quickly is your carpet going to look like a disaster? Right, so think about what color would do best to hide the dirt in your area. If the soil is really sandy, you might choose a lighter hue, but if the soil is dark and loamy, a darker hue will stay looking fresh longer.

Also, pay attention to the hue your soil leaves behind. Dark, rich soil often imparts a somewhat yellowish hue that will turn your carpet ugly quickly if you have the wrong color. Browns, tans or a rust color would work well with this. To be different, you can use a shade of green. Green already has yellow undertones so won’t show the stains as much.

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.

Ease of Maintenance

Practically speaking, no business will have an employee solely dedicated to keeping the carpet in tip top shape. There really is no need for it. As long as you do your research and talk to the right professionals, your carpet will remain looking good for years with simply vacuuming and commercial carpet cleaning from Acme Clean. We can keep them looking brand new.

Cost

Whatever type of carpet you choose, the cost will always be a major factor. If you need to be careful with your budget, that’s where choosing the correct density comes in handy. Generally speaking, the denser the carpet, the more expensive it is. Therefore, if you have a small shop that only receives a handful of customers a day, it would be excessive to splurge on a high-density carpet.

Also, take a look at the style of carpet that you are choosing. Patterns are typically more expensive than solid-colored or heathered looks and may not be entirely necessary.

Aesthetics

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.

We hope these tips will help you when choosing the right commercial carpet for your business. Also, periodic professional cleanings will help your carpet last longer and keep it looking its best for a long time, so be sure to give us a call here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning.

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