Olive Garden reduces carpet cleaning to save money

The old saying that it is so clean you can eat off of the floor might not apply to one restaurant chain.

Olive Garden's corporate leadership -- Darden Restaurants -- has told its outlets that washing the carpet twice a month is too expensive, and that should be done only once a month, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The business website said Darden, which also owns LongHorn Steakhouse and others, has sent teams to the restaurants to examine "every single invoice" for ideas to cut expenses. That is how it learned of the twice per month carpet cleaning.

"There's a protocol that you clean carpets once a month," Chief Executive Officer Gene Lee said Tuesday on a conference call to discuss quarterly earnings according to Bloomberg. "If you do it more than that, you end up actually destroying the carpet -- and really not a whole lot of benefit there."


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