A growing trend that we are seeing in many facilities is the installation of carpet tiles.
There are several reasons for this:
- Compared to other types of carpeting, they tend to hold up well to almost all foot traffic
- Carpet tiles are relatively easy to install
- They come in many more colours and designs
- They are often manufactured using recycled materials
- Carpet tiles are easy to lay on top of laminate / vinyl / concrete and with no need for underlay
- They are easy to fit in awkward shaped rooms
- Probably the biggest factor in this product’s favour is that if one or more tiles becomes soiled or damaged, new tiles can be installed rather than replacing the entire carpet.
Installations can be done in small areas or temporarily – you can even work around the furniture rather than empty the whole room.
Carpet tiles include a strong backing so they require no underlay or adhesives and produce less waste than other flooring types, particularly in awkward shaped rooms. This saves time and money and because carpet tiles are fairly easy to install, building services departments can lay them and save the cost of professional fitting.
Any damage or spills can be resolved by replacing one tile rather than the entire floor, which is reassuring and means carpet tiles are definitely a cost effective flooring option.
Cleaning and Maintenance of Carpet tiles
However, facilities managers should be aware that although carpet tiles are durable and long-lasting, they must still be cared for properly.
Regular vacuuming is the best way to deal with everyday dust and dirt. For inevitable spills and accidents it’s best to treat the area as promptly as possible. Scrape up any solids as soon as possible, working from the edges of the spill towards the centre so that it doesn’t spread.
Excess liquid can be soaked up by placing a thick wad of absorbent paper over the area and pressing firmly. Sponge clean if required or the tiles can even be lifted and rinsed under the tap. Normally you can use a mild detergent solution and scrub gently with a brush where necessary, but it is important to remove all traces of the detergent by rinsing. Use absorbent paper to mop up as much excess moisture as possible, and allow to air dry.
If you lift a tile to clean it, you should make sure it is dry before you put it back, but let it dry naturally – don’t put it on a radiator or other artificially hot surface as this may damage the tile.
Floors covered with carpet tiles should be cleaned every few months with either a portable carpet extractor, such as the
or a “multi-purpose” floor cleaning machine (one that can be used on both carpets and hard-surface floors) such as the
For more information on the best machines to clean carpet tiles contact Industrial Floorcare Machines (UK) on 01442 823090.