Carpet tiles give the same warmth and comfort that carpet does. However, they are more convenient and easier to look after than traditional carpet. This is mainly because when they are damaged or stained it is possible to lift one tile and replace it. That’s not an option when dealing with carpet.
You can simply forget about cleaning, and replace the tiles as they become stained and dirty. Unfortunately, this option is not the most hygienic approach and relies on your carpet tiles not fading in sunlight. It’s virtually impossible to match faded carpet tiles with original tiles.
That’s why it’s best to invest in premium quality carpet tiles and discover how to look after them properly. It’s easier than you think:
The first step is to make sure you vacuum your carpet tiles regularly. You should be able to do this in the same way as if you vacuumed the carpet. Vacuuming is effective at sucking up debris from the carpet tile.
This makes it an essential part of your maintenance schedule. Vacuuming regularly removes debris which, if left, causes abrasive damage to the fibers in the carpet tiles.
You don’t need to use this every time you vacuum but it can be an effective aid if used once a week. Dry powder is sprinkled on the carpet tiles and brushed into them. This aggravates deep dirt and helps your vacuum suck the debris out.
It’s also an effective way of lifting the piles on your carpet tiles and helping to maintain the softness underfoot.
3. Hot Water
Hot water can be used by itself to wash carpet tiles. This effectively removes stains and other debris from the flooring. However, you should use a damp cloth to get the desired effect, never saturate the tiles completely as this will damage them and the subfloor.
You can mix half a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of warm water and then use this on your carpet tiles. You’ll need to sweep or vacuum first. Once you’ve done this you can use a mop or a cloth to wash the carpet tile. Again, don’t get the floor too wet and you’ll find it’s better to use a dabbing action instead of a scrubbing motion. This is less likely to damage the piles on your carpet tiles.
Some tiles can be removed to be washed at your sink. This is a viable option but you should still keep the amount of water to a minimum.
In extreme circumstances, you can remove the carpet tile or tiles and replace them. If you choose this option you’ll need to remember that sunlight fades tiles. To get the best possible result you’ll want to remove several carpet tiles. You can position the new one in a discreet area and the already sun-faded ones in the more obvious areas.
Looking after your carpet tiles properly will help them to last for years, effectively saving you money and justifying your investment.