The COVID-19 has made everyone hyperaware of heightened health and safety standards. Now that businesses are slowly reopening and people are starting to return to work in various capacities, it’s important more than ever to remain vigilant in our sanitation efforts.
Regularly wiping down and cleaning personal workspaces is a good starting point, but there is so much more companies can do to reduce the risk of viral transmissions amongst their employees. Cleaning communal spaces more frequently than before is certainly essential, but certain workplace fixtures—particularly carpets—require extra special attention. Carpets, especially those that are installed in public spaces, are like a breeding ground for bacteria and allergens.
Even though more and more people are returning to work, the pandemic is far from over, which makes the importance of carpet cleaning, all the more pronounced.
Why Is Carpet Cleaning Important in Commercial Establishments?
Due to their very public nature, commercial establishments must pay special attention to their general cleaning and sanitation processes. In the age of COVID-19, these cleaning and sanitation processes need to be amped up as much as possible while still encouraging and in some cases, enforcing physical distancing, mask wearing, and frequent handwashing regulations. Here are a few reasons why carpet cleaning is so important in commercial establishments.
Promotes a Sanitary and Clean Working Environment
This pretty much goes without saying. Carpets are the ideal breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria to grow and spread quickly. Bacteria and viruses tend to adhere to carpet fibers upon contact and can easily spread from one person to another. Imagine a scenario in which an infected person coughs or sneezes after which their droplets land on the carpet. Moments later, another individual then drops something that needs to be picked up on that exact spot. Now that person has potentially become infected. Furthermore, they also have the ability to infect others.
Alternatively, simply stepping on the spot where those infected droplets land also has the potential to spread them as people walk around.
Frequently Sanitizing Carpets Can Result in Fewer Sick Days
Although employees are entitled to using their given sick days, the fact is that every day that an employee misses work costs your company money. Regular deep cleaning and sanitation practices can greatly diminish the spread of germs in the workplace. This directly reduces the amount of sick days your employees use. Actively working to reduce the number of sick days employees use is mutually beneficial. Not only does it save the company money, but it also reduces the health risks to your employees.
Improves Workplace Productivity
Cleaning your carpets on a regular basis reduces the risk of germ transmission, removes allergens from carpet fibers, and even improves the air quality in your place of business. The less time employees spend thinking about potentially unclean workspaces, the more productive they can be. No one should have to endure potentially unsafe or unsanitary working conditions. Statistics show that employees are actually more motivated to work harder and produce higher quality work when their workspaces are clean.
Shows That You Care about Your Employees
Among other things, maintaining a clean and healthy professional environment is a great way to show your employees exactly how much you value their health, well-being, and work ethic. It’s a lot harder to concentrate on being productive when you feel like you can’t breathe properly due to dust and other allergens flying around or when you’re surrounded by unclean working conditions. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act cites that employers are responsible for providing clean and safe working conditions for their employees. Failing to adequately or thoroughly clean your workplace during a pandemic is a clear workplace health and safety violation.
Removing Detectable and Undetectable Allergens and Dirt
Not all dirt is visible to the naked eye. Some bacteria can live for weeks or longer on various surfaces, which increases the likelihood of widespread transmission. Carpet fibers in commercial settings can breed a great deal of bacteria. Just think of all the people—employees, coworkers, and guests—that come in and out of your workplace on a daily basis. It’s not like a residential property where people remove their shoes before entering. Essentially, everything people step in or on is being brought into your workplace on the soles of their shoes.
Regular carpet cleaning can help minimize the amount of dust, allergens, dirt, and bacteria that are festering in your workplace by killing these germs on contact and removing stains before they set.
It’s More Expensive to Replace the Carpet
Depending on the size of your workplace, carpet replacement costs a lot more per square footage than periodic cleanings. After all, we’re not just talking about the removal process. You also have to purchase new carpeting and most likely temporarily shut down your business to arrange to have the old carpet removed and the new carpet installed. Additionally, you have to arrange to dispose of the old carpet at your local dump for a set fee.
While this can sometimes be done in your off time, it really depends on the surface area being covered and the quality of the work being done. In some cases, you may even notice that certain upgrades or repairs are necessary and this can run up the cost while also extending your business downtime indefinitely.
A Clean Looking Office Leaves a Good Impression
Imagine all of the people entering your workplace on any given day – employees, clients, delivery personnel, office cleaners, etc. All of these people – yes, even the cleaners – are dragging bacteria into your workplace with them to some degree. Dirty carpets typically have visible stains and even a noticeable odour that can be very off-putting. A clean and organized place of business leaves a good impression on everyone who comes in and out. Employee productivity will increase and clients will be more inclined to support your business.
Should I Get Professional Carpet Cleaning Done?
The real question isn’t whether or not you should get your carpet professionally cleaned. It’s how often you should do it. To maximize the effects of commercial carpet cleaners, high-traffic common areas should at the very least be vacuumed daily. Low-traffic areas such as offices can be vacuumed three to four times a week. Deep carpet cleanings should be scheduled during your off hours at least once a month or biweekly.
GTA Property Services Group Inc. offers extensive and thorough commercial carpet cleaning services to businesses of all sizes across all industries throughout Toronto and the GTA. Contact us today to learn more about our exclusive services and sanitary practices.