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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Carpet versus tile

March 03, 2010
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Wednesday''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 carpet is going down this April, 2010.
Answer #1
As far as cleanliness is concerned, you can totally disinfect a tile floor but you can not disinfect a carpet. — ICAN representative
Answer #2
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
... — Bill Griffin, President, Cleaning Consultant Services Inc.
Answer #3
The one factor that truly is of concern, whether we are talking about maintaining carpet or tile, is the soil accretion rate the covering will experience. A woven fabric hanging on a wall with no abrasive foot traffic and little but dust (and moths) to contend with, may last for centuries. Then again, I have seen an olefin carpet put down in the waiting room of an auto repair shop. Guess how long that lasted before it was loaded with oil and grit. Obviously, it was a bad choice of material in a really bad location.
The primary reason for wanting carpet in a school setting is ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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