The long-standing debate for many laser tag arena operators: carpet vs concrete. Which one is right for you? Russ gives the pros and cons of each to make the decision easier.

Hey everyone welcome to another 360 insights from your friends here at creative works where we give you actionable tips for your entertainment facility.

Today. I’m going to talk to you guys about flooring for your laser tag arena and what makes the most sense: carpet or concrete?

Now, this has been a long standing debate for many operators and ultimately comes down to personal preference, both from an aesthetic standpoint and an operation standpoint when we look at folks that used carpet in their arena it’s a great way to enhance the overall finish of your laser tag arena and facility um looks wonderful, helps dampen sound, keeps things from getting reverb echo from your sound system, overall guest experience is definitely complemented by having that.

One thing that we want to consider with that, however, is what it takes to keep that operating at the best level that it can.

In a laser-tag environment it’s a foggy arena and so that fog juice can settle over time into the carpet and if that’s not vacuumed and steam cleaned regularly, that residue can ultimately start to create some odor issues that will take away from the guest experience.

So when you have carpet it’s definitely something where you’re going to be vacuuming that on a Monday and a Thursday at least and then also bringing in the steam cleaner, let’s say, maybe once every six months to really go through and keep that residue out of the carpet, keep it looking its best and avoiding anything where you could potentially have snacks in the carpet and those were things.

When we look at something like concrete, that’s a much easier piece to operate. It doesn’t look bad, it just doesn’t look quite as good as what carpet can do, but the trade off that you get from using concrete is that you can literally take a four foot wide push broom and have an employee move quickly through that space, keep it clean, keep it up and running the way that it needs to without having to we’ll be fighting the cord on the vacuum cleaner and those sorts of things.

If you’re going to be the type of operator that can really execute and vacuum that twice a week and bring in the steam cleaning and that’s important to you in order to have the carpet looking and functioning at its best great go for it.

If you think that the time, effort, and energy would be best suited elsewhere for your guest experience, then that makes sense to do as well.

Either way you can’t go wrong as long as you’re having some basic weekly checklists, one way or the other to make sure that you’re keeping that space looking as good as it possibly can.

If you have additional questions, be sure to shout out to us and we’ll be happy to help determine what makes the most sense for you. Be sure to tune in next time for more 360 insights.

Now go get after it.