Carpet Tiles Serve A Useful Purpose

Carpet Cleaning and Carpet Tiles

What are carpet tiles?

Carpet tiles are exactly what they sound like. Pieces of carpet, cut into tile shapes. Some carpet tiles come with a self-stick backing, while others need mastic or other adhesives to be installed.

Pros of Carpet Tiles:

  • Cost – While the square foot price is almost the same as wall-to-wall carpet, the savings come from installation. It is easier and quicker for a carpet installer to install carpet tiles, thus reducing costs.
  • Ease of installation – Carpet tiles are easier to install, making the installation quicker, so there is less disruption to your living space.
  • DIY friendly – Since carpet tiles are relatively easy to install, they can be a great DIY project.
  • Versatility – Colors and styles, and shapes can be mixed and matched for unique designs.
  • Reusable – If installed and uninstalled correctly, Carpet tiles can be used for another project.
  • Maintenance – They should be vacuumed regularly like other types of carpets or rugs. When it comes to regular professional carpet cleaning, just let your service technician know beforehand that you have carpet tile. If you have one damaged or permanently stained area, you can just replace those areas with new tiles.

Cons of Carpet Tiles:

  • Seams – Carpet tiles are installed as individual pieces, so multiple seams will show.
  • Fraying – Since there are more seams, there are more edges to fray or produce loose fiber bits.
  • Acclimation – Carpet tiles (like hardwood) must acclimate to their environment. Most manufacturers advise 24-48 hours. This is the most commonly skipped step in carpet tile installation. Failure to acclimate to their environment may affect the integrity of the installed project.
  • Color uniformity – As with anything sold in lots, shades can vary between lots of the same color and varying shades within the same lot. When shopping for carpet tile, try to choose tiles from the same lot for the best color uniformity.
  • Perception – Even though carpet tiles come with a cushion backing that enhances their anti-fatigue benefits and increases comfort levels, some still consider them less comfortable and less luxurious underfoot.

Carpet tiles are a great alternative to wall-to-wall applications, and many businesses (such as physician offices, daycare centers, and gyms, to name a few) favor carpet tiles due to the ease of simply replacing a tile should it get ripped or stained without having to replace a whole room of carpeting.

However, just because carpet tiles are installed differently does not mean you can forgo regular maintenance. Carpet tiles are still carpet material and must be treated as any other carpet project in your home or business. Regular vacuuming and periodic deep cleaning will extend the life of your carpet tiles and keep them looking good for years to come.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  We are a WoolSafe Approved Service Provider, A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau, and an eight-year-in-a-row winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.  Our carpet cleaning solutions are allergen free and safe for pets and infants.

Annually we clean the carpeting for thousands of homeowners and businesses throughout SW Florida, and in the proper application, carpet tiles serve a valuable and cost-saving purpose.

For more information about Tru-Clean Surface Care and our services, please visit us online at or call us at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte Florida.