Originally Posted on CMMOnline.com
Few things take away from an otherwise clean carpet more quickly than soiled traffic lanes, making prevention a fundamental aspect of cleaning.
Just like any other floor surface, carpet takes a beating from foot traffic.
And, if a facility has extended hours of operation and a high occupation density, the carpet can receive quite a bit of abuse.
However, building occupants do not walk on all parts of a carpet; they track soils indoors in specific patterns that quickly develop into traffic lanes.
Facilities that take a proactive approach and clean their carpets on a consistent and regimented basis rarely need to worry about traffic lane soiling.
But, locations with lower operating budgets, insufficient staffing relative to foot traffic or those not making use of floor matting tend to view traffic lane soiling as problematic.
If you remove dry particulate soils from carpets frequently and thoroughly, less intensive cleaning will be necessary.
Especially in entrances and hallways, foot traffic is intensified and fibers become prematurely worm, matted down and rapidly soiled.
If not cleaned properly and frequently, traffic lanes can be a real eyesore to an otherwise clean carpet.
So, the question is: “How can traffic lane soiling be remedied or even prevented in the first place?”
The answer is not universal to all facilities and can change with the seasons.
The first of the four aspects is to analyze the amount of foot traffic in your facility and devise a custom-tailored plan.
Step One: Analyze
Do you have multiple entrances to your facility?
If so, it might be helpful to benchmark the number of people using each entrance or exit to gauge the necessary effort to keep each respective corridor clean.
Another thing to be mindful of is the type and color of your carpet.