Carpet Cleaning vs. Carpet Maintenance

You may be wondering what the difference is between carpet cleaning and maintenance? Isn’t cleaning a carpet the same as maintaining it? It’s a good question—and a common misconception. The answer is they are not the same. Here’s how they differ:

Cleaning is the removal of visible soil.

Maintenance is a well-planned, ongoing process of soil and stain removal to help a carpet retain its original appearance and performance attributes over time. Essentially, the difference between the two is like the difference between washing your car and taking it in to get a tune-up. While washing may make your car look good on the surface, it won’t help keep it performing well over time. The tune-up will.


Maintenance is the tune-up of the carpet world.

It is designed to keep your carpet functioning at a high level over the long term. That’s why each facility must have its own unique maintenance plan.


Why Should You Make Carpet Maintenance a Priority?

It’s easy for carpet maintenance to tumble to the bottom of the priority list. After all, it’s not an immediate necessity. The greatest benefits are seen gradually, over time. So why should you make carpet maintenance a priority? How can you justify the time and resource investment in a carpet maintenance program?


Here are three compelling reasons you need a carpet maintenance program:


  1. The longer carpet lasts, the less it costs.

Maintenance costs for a carpeted floor average 20-30% less than for a waxed, hard surface. Those are strong numbers. But in order for the math to work, you must carry out a consistent maintenance schedule over the life of the carpet.


  1. Cleaner carpets mean cleaner air.

Carpet is the largest air filter in a building. It traps and holds contaminants, like mold spores, preventing them from circulating and causing indoor air quality issues.


  1. Carpet condition can impact perception of your business.

No one likes to be in a space that seems dirty or unsanitary. Something as simple as the appearance of carpeting can influence people’s opinion of not just the building but the business (or businesses) occupying it.


Think about it… How are your perceptions of a business affected when you walk into a building that’s not well maintained? Do you become more or less confident in the services they provide? If you want to enhance the life of your carpets, increase your facilities air quality and improve your curb appeal, let’s talk! We offer free site assessments to evaluate your needs.