How Often Should Have My Carpets Cleaned
Getting your carpets professionally cleaned is important. Soils build up in your carpet over time and cause wear, distortion, odor and staining. Regular professional cleaning greatly reduces the ability for soils to build up in your carpet and wear away its structure and beauty.
Carpets are like giant filters. They absorb thousands of allergens, pollutants, dust mites, bacteria, and…well, you get the picture. Removing all of these intruders from your carpet will greatly improve the look and feel of your carpets AND the air quality in your home.
In order to keep your carpeting in good shape, the Carpet and Rug Institute recommends that you have them professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. For many families, this interval will provide good protection for your carpets. They won’t get too soiled and they will stay beautiful, clean and odor-free for longer.
Having your carpets professionally cleaned every 12 months is a good fit for many families. However, some families should consider having their carpets cleaned more frequently.
Do you have lots of kids running around the house? Are you a smoker? Are you like my aunt who breeds dogs and has them all over her house? Do you frequently host parties in your home? All of these scenarios will increase the accumulation of soils on your carpet. If any of this sounds like you, you should consider getting your carpets professionally cleaned more often.
In between professional cleanings, you can ensure a longer life for your beautiful carpets by vacuuming them regularly. You should vacuum high traffic areas of your home at least twice a week and low traffic areas at least once per week. Regular vacuuming is the best defense for your carpet. Vacuuming can remove as much as 75% of dry soils in the carpet. This is a great home remedy that everyone can employ to regularly remove dry soils from their carpeting.
However, vacuuming only removes dry soils from your carpet. Vacuuming will not remove wet soils such as urine, food and other liquids. The best way to remove these soils is through professional hot water extraction cleaning.
Having your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis is the #1 way to prolong their life. You have a lot invested in your carpets — the money you spent, the aesthetics of your home, and, most importantly, the comfort and health of your family.