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Choose the Right Flooring for Your Business

Picking Hardwood floorsIf you’ve ever walked into a business and seen worn carpet or dirty floors, odds are you probably didn’t develop a favorable first impression of that establishment. Especially in the restaurant and hospitality industry, customers may equate a dirty floor with questionable sanitation. If you own a business, don’t overlook the importance of clean flooring in good condition.

Rethinking the status quo

In the United States, hotels usually have carpeting in hallways and guestrooms, and at least some carpeting in the main lobby. But keeping that carpet clean and stain-free takes a lot of work – and falling behind on that task may result in visibly dirty carpet that deters guests from booking again.

According to the trade publication Floor Daily, several hotel chains have decided to scrap the carpet in favor of hard surfaces in guest rooms. Marriott and Hilton are experimenting with ceramic tile, hardwood and luxury vinyl tile in some of their boutique-brand and higher-end hotels, and customers have reported that rooms with luxury vinyl tile seem cleaner and airier than carpeted rooms.

Where to use carpet

A carpet absorbs sound in a way that a hard floor doesn’t, so carpet makes sense for businesses that want to reduce noise and create a relaxing atmosphere. That’s why many waiting rooms – especially at doctor’s offices – are carpeted.

Carpeting in offices with multiple employees must be able to withstand foot traffic and the occasional spilled coffee. A medium, neutral solid color, with or without a subtle pattern, in a short nap is best for office carpeting. One option that’s becoming increasingly popular is carpet tiles – if someone does drop their morning latte on the floor, a stained carpet tile can easily be removed and replaced.

An array of options

With the range of available flooring types today, businesses don’t have to stick with tradition. A retro mom-and-pop diner that features red vinyl barstools and black-and-white tile floors may make customers feel like they’ve gone back in time. But the large, glazed tiles of yesteryear were not only difficult to clean, they became dangerously slippery when wet. A modern diner could create the same look and minimize the risk of customers slipping and falling by installing checkered vinyl flooring. And some boutique grocery stores have opted for recycled barnwood floors, rather than linoleum tile.

If you’re replacing the floor at your business, take a look at all the options available, and choose a floor that’s durable and easy to maintain.

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