Measuring Carpet Cleanliness In Four Easy Steps

Given the responsibilities of hospitals to ensure the safety and welfare of their patients, medical professionals cannot stress enough the importance of keeping all environments clean and free of any form of hazard. Aside from keeping rooms free of spider webs, dust and other infectious materials preying over patients, hospitals must sanitize its carpets effectively.

Unfortunately, most hospital administrations de-prioritize the costs of sanitation against the costs of medical supplies for a good reason. To optimize their budget for cleaning floors and carpets, they can consider these four items.

Hospital lobby with stripe designed carpet

Traffic Volume Of The Area

The main rule of cleaning almost anything is: the larger the traffic of a single room or hall, the frequency of its cleaning increases.

Hospitals have long hallways where carriages for supplies and beds, wheelchairs and other support mechanisms for patients pass through on a daily basis in huge numbers. Hospital carpets exposed to high traffic benefit from a cleaning frequency of 12 to 18 months to ensure its cleanliness.

However, an ideal number for carpet cleaning frequency for hospital high-traffic areas would be every six to eight months per room and hall having a floor-wide rug. Luckily, most hospitals only use carpets in private and premium hospital rooms.

Observable Windows, Doors, And Openings

Private and public hospitals make it a point to close windows and turn on filtered air conditioning to prevent airborne bacteria and viruses from entering the facilities. However, despite any hospital’s best efforts to insulate and seal every opening, dust, soot, and bacteria can still enter even the smallest of spaces.

The proximity between the carpet and windows and doors, including possible wall cracks where air can seep through, determine the cleanliness level of the carpet, or the possible frequency of cleaning it. If this carpet meets high foot traffic frequently, it needs an average of six to eight months of deep cleaning.

hospital room with carpet

Chemicals, Substances, And Items That Interact With Carpets

Hospital medical professionals deal with everyday spills of vitamins, nutrients, IV contents, plasma and other items that, if left exposed to the air, could become hazardous to the health of any patient, including the medical professionals themselves.

Fortunately, most chemical and pharmaceutical hospital wings use tiles as flooring rather than carpets, which make it easier to clean any possible spills. However, inside patients’ rooms with carpets, the spills could house bacteria and other life forms.

Freshly left patient rooms involving a series of prescriptions whose chemicals can contribute to pathogen growth hospitals must sanitize immediately. A carpet steaming and deep cleaning is also highly recommended.

Tiles And Door Carpets

Hospital waiting areas and hallways with carpets see the most foot traffic in hospitals. These carpets house the most dust, dirt, and grime that carry life forms, which could travel with medical professionals’ footwear. Acting as secondary transporters, the doctors who attend to high-risk patients or nurseries could leave this bacteria even on tiled floors. Specialized tiled floor washing and grouting may be needed to remove mildew that serves as home for these dangerous organisms.

Hospitals must make it a priority to clean door carpets. Even if they are small, they house dangerous life forms that could be lethal to patients in the facility. The institution must ensure the carpets are as clean as the beds, pillows and other amenities the hospital provides its patients.