Hotel Carpet Cleaning

Carpeting in commercial buildings, particularly hotels, is just as big an investment as home carpeting, if not even more so. The look of the carpeting in a hotel says a great deal to guests about what they can expect from their stay there. Dirty, stained, or smelly carpeting in hotel rooms, hallways, and lobbies will invariably lead guests to wonder about the cleanliness of the rest of the hotel. On the other hand, clean, spotless carpeting will help put guests’ minds at ease.

Factors that Go into Selecting the Right Carpeting

Believe it or not, factors such as foot traffic, carpet color or pattern, and weave (plush pile carpeting versus tight, looped, industrial carpeting) can have a tremendous effect on how often carpets need to be cleaned, as well as the method by which they are cleaned.

For example, hotel managers would want to select a darker carpet with a pattern for a high traffic area. A darker, patterned carpet is far less likely to show stains than will a plain, light colored carpet. A darker, patterned carpet would be ideal for a hotel lobby, which will be prone to having dirt and water tracked in from outside. Furthermore, use of rubber tracking mats at lobby doors to the outside will also cut down on carpet wear and tear from outside weather elements, thus reducing the need for frequent cleaning.

In contrast, a lighter color, plain carpeting might work well in the guest rooms. These areas will get far less foot traffic and are better protected from the outside elements, unlike the lobby area.

A deeper, pile carpeting will give guests the impression of luxury, and would be an excellent choice for the lobby and hotel rooms. By comparison, tightly looped industrial carpeting is much better suited to kitchen or laundry areas. It is best in behind-the-scenes areas that guests do not see. It is easier to clean, and hotel workers will not lose their footing on its tight weave.

How Often to Clean Carpets? What Type of Cleaning?

Cleaning hotel carpets can range from sweeping up debris, to vacuuming, to spot cleaning, to more labor intensive work such as hot water extraction <a href="">carpet cleaning</a>. Again, a good rule of thumb is to consider the amount of foot traffic the carpeted area is likely to get. Here is a handy table to help hotel managers and cleaning staff determine their carpet cleaning needs, based on the traffic level


Traffic Vacuum Spot Clean Hot Water Extraction
Light 2-3 times a week As needed Annually
Medium Daily As needed Twice a year
Heavy 1 or 2 times a day As needed Quarterly
Severe 1 or 2 times a day As needed Monthly/Weekly

The carpeting in a hotel says a great deal to guests about their expectations for their stay. This is why it is vital for hotel cleaning staff to keep a regular, close watch on all carpeted areas in the hotel. As the saying goes: There is not a second chance to make a first impression.

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