High Traffic Industrial Carpet

The type of carpet suitable for a specific commercial venue will not only depend on the style and feel of the carpet – though these are the primary considerations of many carpet buyers – but also, very importantly, the amount of traffic that they will be subjected to. A cheaper carpet, or indeed some expensive carpets that were not designed with traffic in mind, can’t handle a lot of traffic. This means that they will get worn out quickly and need constant professional cleaning methods to keep them decent condition, which may end up costing you more than had you opted for a high traffic carpet from the beginning.

High Traffic Carpets

So what sort of carpet should you go for if you’re expecting high traffic? The most common material for carpets to be made out of is nylon – indeed, nylon accounts for an estimated 90% of the industrial carpet market – and what you need to look out for is pile density and thickness. A higher surface pile density (say, in the area of 0.150g/cm3or higher) will ensure that your carpet can handle a higher load of footfall, as the pressure and strain from each step will be divided between a higher number of piles, thus reducing the strain on each individual pile and prolonging the potential lifespan of the carpet.

Second, the surface pile thickness is an important determinant of how carpet will react to dirt. Any dirt contracted by the carpet will become instantly visible if your surface piles are too short; further, a shorter pile is more likely to get worn down quicker, thus reducing the lifespan of your carpet. A longer surface pile is also considered more luxurious as it is softer to step on, making them an ideal candidate for commercial settings. Ideally, you should be looking at surface pile lengths around 5mm; this ensures a good balance between longer lifespan, quality feel, and ease of cleaning.

High Traffic Lanes

One way to save money is to determine which rooms or part of a room are more likely to attract a high level of footfall, and thus would need a high traffic industrial carpet. In a hotel, for instance, the footfall in most public access or communal areas is likely to be a multiple of the number of guests staying in the hotel. In a hotel with 100 guests in 50 rooms, for instance, each room will only be subjected to the footsteps of 2 people (excluding cleaners) on an average day, while the reception will be used by all 100 guests plus staff, deliveries, and so on.

The areas that receive the highest levels of traffic are called “high traffic lanes” in the industry, and it is important that you have a high quality carpet in these areas. That is not all that you can do to ensure their good health, however; professional carpet cleaners are also equipped with machines and techniques that can be used in high traffic areas to improve their lifespan.