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Friday's Ask the Experts: Carpet in nursing home?

October 09, 2009
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We have aging tile in a nursing home and carpet is being considered as the replacement. Does carpet have a place in the hallways of a nursing home?
The answer:
Carpet can be beneficial in a variety of ways (aesthetic, acoustic, spill containment, etc.), but only if it is properly maintained.
Most nursing homes are not willing to invest the money or time resources to ensure that a proper maintenance program is implemented ... FROM DAY ONE. What happens, instead, is that maintenance is not budgeted for or undertaken until the carpet is in fair to poor condition. At that point, the restorative cleaning results are less than optimal and the staff quickly sours on carpet (no pun intended).
With proper maintenance, infection control and odors from bacteria ...John Downey,
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