How To Clean Commercial Carpet

Thursday 8th June 2023

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

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Commercial carpets tend to get very dirty quickly, whether from staff and customers treading in grime on their shoes or spilling food and drink. Regularly cleaning your carpets is essential to keeping them in good condition and extending their durability.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer thorough, effective carpet cleaning services. Our fully qualified technicians can clean carpets in both commercial and industrial properties with safe, eco-friendly methods. We operate nationwide and can provide our services outside of your operating services.

Keep reading to learn more about the different carpet cleaning methods and how to maintain your commercial carpet.

The benefits of a clean commercial carpet

Dusty, dirty carpets covered in stains can give off a very poor first impression to clients and customers visiting your workplace. Clean, debris-free carpets that are in good condition, on the other hand, create a welcoming environment and suggest you run a professional business.

Any dirt and soils can also seriously damage your carpet by thinning the fibres and cutting them off at the bottom. Replacements can be expensive and regular cleaning will protect your investment. Many manufacturers may even request proof of maintenance before honouring warrantees.

Grimy carpets don’t just look unpleasant, they can harbour dust, particle pollution, and mould which put people’s health at risk. Mould, for instance, could trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Certain groups, like people with weakened immune systems, are especially vulnerable.

As clean carpets keep staff healthier and reduce the number of sick days they take, it should reduce your business’ inefficiency, as well. You can find out more about the benefits of a clean workplace here.

The different methods for cleaning carpets

There are lots of commercial carpeting cleaning techniques to choose from and each is suited to a different kind of workplace.

Hot water extraction

This consists of hot water and cleaning agents being injected into a carpet to break down stains and dirt before the carpet is vacuumed. It is a very thorough cleaning method that targets stains and bacteria.

However, it can be time-consuming, requires lots of drying time, and the machinery might be very loud which may not be suitable for your business.

Carpet shampooing

A shampoo is applied to a carpet and worked in with a special machine-powered brush. The carpet will then be hoovered to get rid of any dust, dirt, and grime.

Although it’s one of fastest and cheapest cleaning techniques, the carpet can take a long time to dry and it does not work very well on certain kinds of carpet, like deep pile carpets.

Encapsulation cleaning

This is when detergents capture dirt particles and dry into a powder which can be vacuumed. It is one of the best methods for offices as little water is used so there is no risk of damage to electrical equipment and minimal drying time is needed.

Bonnet cleaning

A spinner machine injects hot water and chemicals, like bleach, into carpets. The carpet is then hoovered thoroughly to remove any dirt. This is a good method for high traffic areas as it dries quickly and can be worked into a regular cleaning schedule, but it only provides a surface-level clean.

Why carpet cleaning should be left to professional cleaners

Firstly, they will know which cleaning method is best for your type of carpet and business. Businesses operating in the hospitality industry, for example, may opt for methods that prevent re-soiling and require minimal downtime. Pubs and restaurants, on the other hand, might prioritise stain removal.

They will also have the specialist equipment required for the different cleaning methods and know how to use them in the most effective way for a deep, efficient clean.

Having your employees carry out the carpet cleaning can take time out of their workday and reduce their efficiency, too. Professionals can provide this service outside of your operating hours to minimise disruption and will perform it to a much higher standard than your staff.

How to maintain your commercial carpet

Although it is recommended that you bring in professionals for regular deep cleans, there are lots of things you can do to keep it spotless.

  • To stop people tracking in dirt, keep outdoor areas clean. Consider some walk-off mats can help people wipe off their shoes before they enter the building.
  • Vacuum regularly to stop dirt and dust building up. How frequently you should do this will depend on how much traffic there is in your workplace, for example, restaurants with lots of customers require daily vacuuming.
  • Train your team on spot cleaning in the event of spillages to stop stains setting in and to prevent the use of improper cleaning methods that could damage the carpet.

You can find out more about the importance of a clean and hygienic workplace – and how to keep it that way - in this blog.

Book our commercial carpet cleaning services

Our technicians have the specialist tools and products to restore your carpet to pristine condition. They can offer a range of carpet cleaning methods and select the right one depending on your specific needs.

To find out more about commercial carpet cleaning, give our team a ring on 0208 066 0360 or send them an email at

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