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ICAN/ATEX: What is actually cleaner, carpet or tile?

January 3, 2013

Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Thursday’s Question:

What is actually cleaner, carpet or tile? ICANATEX Logo

Thursday’s Answer:

It all depends on whom you ask and believe.

carpet v. tilePersonally, I prefer hard surfaces and believe that they are easier and less expensive to maintain than carpet/soft floor coverings.

This opinion isn't based on scientific research, marketing studies or who sent me a check; it's based on my experience of having to maintain both surfaces on a day-to-day basis in all types of facilities for over 30 years.

However, other consultants, experts and groups see it differently.

The carpet industry has, over the years, bought a lot of press and commissioned what I consider to be biased and flawed marketing studies to support their position that carpeting is less expensive to purchase, install and maintain.

The current trend today … - Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc.

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