Carpets are the major component of your home’s interior décorwith its attractive patterns, colors and textures. Carpet not only enhancesyour home’s interior décor, it also has many benefits including adding warmth andcomfort, absorbing sound and even unwanted particles out of the air. Theseunwanted particles include dust, pollutants, pet dander, pollens and evengrime, making your carpet look dirty and indoor air quality worse.
So you want your carpet to be free of dust and odor for amore hygienic home. Although you can minimize this by having a no-shoe insiderule in your home, wear and tear will still occur. Also carpets are quite anexpensive investment, and you naturally want to keep your carpet’s pristine appearancefor years to come, so it only makes sense that you clean your carpetsregularly.VACUUMINGRegular vacuuming is the first and best defense to keeping carpetsand rugs clean but you also need to do it the right way.
The best way to vacuumis to vacuum slowly in back andforth repetitive strokes, allowing vacuum cleaner to vibrate carpet fibers and containingdust in the vacuum. This removes most of the dust that tend to be abrasive andgive your carpet a dull look. Depending on how much traffic it gets, if you have pets andother environmental factors like lots of dust in your area or mud tracked intothe carpet, the vacuuming of carpets frequency varies. In an average household,it is a good practice to vacuum carpets at least once a week to keep thoseabrasive dust particles out of carpet fibers. Ramp up the frequency inhigh-traffic areas or if you have pets.PROFESSIONAL CARPETCLEANING FREQUENCYOf course you vacuum your carpets and rugs regularly, but isthat really getting them clean? Who knows what’s living deep within thosefibers. If not, how often should you steam clean them? There isn’t one-sizefits all answer to how often you should have your carpets professionallycleaned. It all depends on individual household and its occupants.
Taking goodcare of your carpeting with deep cleaning extends the life of the flooring. Generallyit is recommended to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year. There are number of factors that determine the frequency ofhaving your carpets professionally cleaned.Carpet warrantiesOne of the biggest reasons to keep your carpet cleaned by aprofessional is to keep yourself covered. Almost all carpet manufacturers requireyou to professionally steam clean your carpet every 12 to 24 months, to keepyour warranty valid.
And most manufacturers recommend steam cleaning method. Studieshave shown that mold can be very effectively cleaned and prevents its regrowthfor prolong period of time by using hot water extraction cleaning (steamcleaning). This penetrates deep into the fibers and lifts out the dirt and themany pollutants we track in on our shoes. Also, it removes most of themoisture, so carpets dry fast.
Always check with your carpet manufacturerbefore cleaning.TrafficThink about the traffic your carpet is subjected to? More peoplemean more traffic. Generally speaking, a family of 8 should have carpet cleanedmore often than a couple or someone living alone. A home with minimal trafficcan go as long as two or more years between professional cleanings. On thecontrast, a large family means lots of traffic and if you have children, there areincreased chances of spills and mud and dirt tracked into carpets. Family withkids should have their carpets cleaned approximately every 9 months, but moreoften if there are visible signs of stains. PetsIf you have pets, have your carpetprofessionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months.
Pet owners typicallyrequire carpet cleaning more often, due to dogs tracking in dirt and grass,pets shedding, and any urine or accidents your pet may have on the carpet. Frequentvacuuming can extend the time needed between professional cleanings, butfrequent vacuuming means three times a week or more. If you have childrenand pets and also smoker in the house, more frequent cleaning every 3 to 6months would be more appropriate. Medical conditionsIf you or any of your family members have a medicalcondition like respiratory ailments or allergies, then you must clean yourcarpet a few times a year. So how often should you clean your carpets even if you’revacuuming weekly? Each home is different, and there isn’t a science to thelength of time that should pass between professional carpet cleanings. Useyour best judgment to determine when you should have your carpet professionallycleaned. Remember to consider traffic and who is contributing to thetraffic – people or pets, or both? Just remember, when your carpet beginsto look soiled, it’s probably time to have it cleaned.
Even after yourcarpets have been professionally cleaned, how often should it be vacuumed? It’sa trick question. Between steams, vacuum at least weekly or much more often.You can keep a rug for a lifetime, if you keep it clean. Carpetlifespans, however, range with quality — some well-made varieties are made tolast up to 15 years if kept dust-free.If you’re looking for professional carpet cleaners, fromcommercial carpet cleaning to home carpet cleaning, contact us, ChoiceJanitorial today.