Flooring Maintenance

It may not be the first thing on your mind when you purchase commercial flooring. But it's the secret behind keeping your carpet looking and performing its best for years to come. Of course, your initial line of defense against soil is proper carpet selection. This includes specifying a well-constructed, quality-engineered carpet and having it installed by experts. DuPont introduced nylon, the world's first man-made fiber, in 1938.

Since that time, DuPont, now INVISTA, has accumulated more knowledge on carpet fiber performance than anyone in the floorcovering industry. And out of all we have learned, one basic fact is critical: A well-planned maintenance program—that includes both preventive maintenance and regular, proper cleaning—is key to making sure your carpet retains its appearance over time.

An ineffective maintenance program can result in a soiled carpet that requires more frequent replacement. This brochure is designed to give you the information you need to create an effective maintenance program that will extend the life of your carpet—reducing life cycle costs and maximizing your commercial floorcovering investment.

Why carpet maintenance is important

Maintenance protects your investment

Commercial flooring is a substantial investment for any business—one you'll want to protect for years to come. After all, the longer your flooring lasts, the less it costs. The initial cost for Floorcovering materials and installation does not fully encompass your total Floorcovering investment.

The life cycle cost also factors in life expectancy of the carpet, costs for removal/disposal, lost revenues during renovations and maintenance costs over the life of the carpet. Good maintenance helps protect your total flooring investment.

Maintenance helps carpet last longer and cost less

Proactive, regularly scheduled maintenance removes soil before it can build up and damage carpet fibers. This can actually extend the life of the carpet, reducing the costs of restoration, replacement and disposal. Reactive maintenance cannot fully restore a carpet to a like-new appearance. This results in shorter carpet life and higher carpet life cycle costs. This chart demonstrates how proactive and reactive maintenance compare over time.

Maintenance is good for the environment

Our life cycle analysis of commercial carpet shows that increasing the amount of time a carpet remains on the floor reduces the overall environmental footprint of carpet. A consistent, proactive maintenance program can significantly improve the appearance retention throughout the life of the carpet. Less carpet waste going to landfills is always good for the environment