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Monday's Ask the Experts: Carpet vs. tile

June 18, 2012

Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: What is actually cleaner, carpet or tile? We think the tile is, and I am asking because the District wants to put carpet on the new tile just put in the summer of 2009.

The answer:

It all depends on whom you ask and believe. Personally, 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 some 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 is away from carpeting (sales off 20% to 40%) and even from hard surfaces that require regular ... — Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services Inc.

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