The minute your professional cleaners will set foot in your home or office, they will most likely ask about the most troubled areas. High traffic areas will usually have more dirt and soil due to heavy use. But at the same time, there will be visible signs of wear that cause what professionals call “Traffic Lanes”.
Traffic lanes are areas in your rugs or carpets where there is a lot of soil and dirt in addition to structural damage of the carpet fibers. It usually happens in carpets that are found in hallways or heavy traffic areas. They look more soiled and dirtier than the edges of the carpets where usually people use to travel less often. Traffic lanes are subject to the abuse done by the shoes that step on them every day. The shoes bottoms are usually contaminated with dirt, grease and mud. This soil travels into the deep fibers of carpets making them look old and dirty.
Carpets are designed to magnify the light that passes through the fibers. This means that they will hide this soil for a while. But after a while, they reach a point of saturation where this is no longer possible. The dirt can also cause fibers abrasion on the long run and this means that they lose their ability to reflect the light properly.
How to reduce carpet wear?
One of the best ways is to prevent the wear in the first place. Placing mats by the doors will help keep some the dirt off the carpets. As people step on mats first, there will be less dirt travelling to the fibers of the carpet. Some homeowners will go for a no-shoe policy at home but this is not possible at work or professional spaces.
The thing about regular vacuuming is that it prevents dirt from settling down the deep fibers of your carpets. It also helps with cleaning the fibers from different angles keeping them clean and fluffy. High traffic areas should be vacuumed at least twice a week. If we are talking about a hallway in a work space, then it might be vacuumed every day.
Proper professional cleaning
Some cleaning methods will make re-soiling easier. If you plan to use a cleaning shampoo or solution on your carpets, it might leave a sticky residue. The dirt will get attached to this residue faster and this means that your carpets will look dirtier after a short period of time.
It is always best to hire a professional expert to clean your carpets at least once a year. If we are talking about heavy traffic carpets, then you might be better off scheduling your professional cleaning twice a year.
Experts have the right techniques and equipment designed to clean your carpets without leaving any sticky residue. They will use effective techniques that will keep your carpets clean and will prolong their life span. This will help with the condition of traffic lanes and will prevent them from returning.