Don't Tread on Me
Give your carpets some TLC
A steady parade of customers will march across your floors
in the next two months, dragging in evidence of the soggy, muddy
or snowy weather. An article in Retail Operations & Construction
magazine suggests preventive measures and a vigilant maintenance
program to keep your carpets in shape through the storm.
First, trace traffic patterns through your store and identify
"heavy soil" zones entrances, congestion points
such as doorways and stairwells, and lanes between showcases.
Lay mats at the entrance to catch dirt before it reaches the
Vacuum heavy-traffic areas every day, medium-traffic areas
twice a week and light-traffic areas once or twice a week, using
the proper vacuum equipment a heavy-duty, wide-track works
well for open, high-traffic areas, while an upright with hoses
and attachments will do for tighter places.
When the holiday punch at your customer reception becomes
a nasty red spill on your carpet, immediately blot the area with
a clean white absorbent towel, fully absorbing the spilled substance.
Keep a professional spot-removal kit in the store these
include several kinds of cleaners and application materials.
If you entertain with food and drink often in your store, invest
in a lightweight portable extractor to clean wet spills.
Schedule a professional cleaning every six to 12 months in
high-traffic areas and, if needed, monthly in heavy soil zones.
by Stacey King
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