How to stop office chairs ruining carpet

Do office chairs ruin carpet?

To decide how to stop office chairs ruining carpet, we need to understand if they do actually damage carpet.  Whether office chairs ruin carpet or not depends largely on the chair's wheels. Office chairs equipped with cheap and low-quality wheels may ruin carpet, especially if they're broken down and get jagged and sharp edges. However, office chairs with roller-blade style caster wheels will not ruin the carpet.

If you have roller-blade wheels on your office chairs you are in a good place. If not, then keep reading to learn more about how to stop office chairs ruining carpet.

How to stop office chairs ruining carpet

We have all been there. Working in an office with a nice carpet, only to find the wheels on the office chair over time damage the carpet, leaving the carpet looking tidy and having a negative impact on the overall appearance of the office.

So, how can we stop office chairs ruining carpet? The answer isn't as difficult as you might fear.

stop office chairs ruining carpet

As shown in the above picture, a transparent protective mat has been placed on the carpet. It is important to ensure the mat is far enough back to cover the area that the user may wheel across when getting up from their desk and sitting back down.

Like virtually any product you can buy, you are able to buy really poor quality mats, and sturdy mats that will offer your carpet full protection.

Things to consider when selecting a mat to stop office chairs ruining carpet

There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a protective mat for your office carpet. The following are key considerations:

  • Size of the mat needed - it needs to be large enough to cover the desk area and nearby for where the chair wheels may travel, but small enough to fit under the desk it is being purchased for.
  • Style of mat wanted - do you want it transparent, coloured, patterned or something else? Laminate or plastic? There are many variations available, so you should consider what will look best aesthetically in your office.
  • Do you want grippers on your mat? Some mats have grippers underneath to prevent the mat sliding. We would recommend this option to save the need for the user continually having to push the mat fully back under their desk after sliding a chair on it a few times.

What if I don't want a mat under my chair?

If you aren't keen on the option of mats under your chair, you are left with two considerations.

  1. Accept the carpet will wear over time, and keep a close eye for damage to your office chair wheels. Change the wheels if you see jagged or rough edges to prolong the carpet life.
  2. Invest in new office chairs with roller-blade wheels. These are designed to protect carpets and do not require the use of floor mats.

We hope this article has given you a better understanding of the options available to you when it comes to protecting your office carpets from office chairs.

If you want to keep your carpets and the rest of your office in tip-top condition, you should consider hiring a professional office cleaning company. Click here to learn more about our office cleaning services and get in touch for a no obligation quote.