Carpets are the major component of your home’s interior décor
with its attractive patterns, colors and textures. Carpet not only enhances
your home’s interior décor, it also has many benefits including adding warmth and
comfort, absorbing sound and even unwanted particles out of the air. These
unwanted particles include dust, pollutants, pet dander, pollens and even
grime, making your carpet look dirty and indoor air quality worse.
So you want your carpet to be free of dust and odor for a
more hygienic home. Although you can minimize this by having a no-shoe inside
rule in your home, wear and tear will still occur. Also carpets are quite an
expensive investment, and you naturally want to keep your carpet’s pristine appearance
for years to come, so it only makes sense that you clean your carpets
Regular vacuuming is the first and best defense to keeping carpets
and rugs clean but you also need to do it the right way. The best way to vacuum
is to vacuum slowly in back and
forth repetitive strokes, allowing vacuum cleaner to vibrate carpet fibers and containing
dust in the vacuum. This removes most of the dust that tend to be abrasive and
give your carpet a dull look.
Depending on how much traffic it gets, if you have pets and
other environmental factors like lots of dust in your area or mud tracked into
the 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 those
abrasive dust particles out of carpet fibers. Ramp up the frequency in
high-traffic areas or if you have pets.
Of course you vacuum your carpets and rugs regularly, but is
that really getting them clean? Who knows what’s living deep within those
fibers. If not, how often should you steam clean them? There isn’t one-size
fits all answer to how often you should have your carpets professionally
cleaned. It all depends on individual household and its occupants. Taking good
care of your carpeting with deep cleaning extends the life of the flooring. Generally
it is recommended to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year.
There are number of factors that determine the frequency of
having your carpets professionally cleaned.
One of the biggest reasons to keep your carpet cleaned by a
professional is to keep yourself covered. Almost all carpet manufacturers require
you to professionally steam clean your carpet every 12 to 24 months, to keep
your warranty valid. And most manufacturers recommend steam cleaning method. Studies
have shown that mold can be very effectively cleaned and prevents its regrowth
for prolong period of time by using hot water extraction cleaning (steam
cleaning). This penetrates deep into the fibers and lifts out the dirt and the
many pollutants we track in on our shoes. Also, it removes most of the
moisture, so carpets dry fast. Always check with your carpet manufacturer
Think about the traffic your carpet is subjected to? More people
mean more traffic. Generally speaking, a family of 8 should have carpet cleaned
more often than a couple or someone living alone. A home with minimal traffic
can go as long as two or more years between professional cleanings. On the
contrast, a large family means lots of traffic and if you have children, there are
increased chances of spills and mud and dirt tracked into carpets. Family with
kids should have their carpets cleaned approximately every 9 months, but more
often if there are visible signs of stains.
If you have pets, have your carpet
professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months. Pet owners typically
require 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. Frequent
vacuuming can extend the time needed between professional cleanings, but
frequent vacuuming means three times a week or more.
If you have children
and pets and also smoker in the house, more frequent cleaning every 3 to 6
months would be more appropriate.
If you or any of your family members have a medical
condition like respiratory ailments or allergies, then you must clean your
carpet a few times a year.
So how often should you clean your carpets even if you’re
vacuuming weekly? Each home is different, and there isn’t a science to the
length of time that should pass between professional carpet cleanings. Use
your best judgment to determine when you should have your carpet professionally
cleaned. Remember to consider traffic and who is contributing to the
traffic – people or pets, or both? Just remember, when your carpet begins
to look soiled, it’s probably time to have it cleaned.
Even after your
carpets have been professionally cleaned, how often should it be vacuumed? It’s
a 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. Carpet
lifespans, however, range with quality — some well-made varieties are made to
last up to 15 years if kept dust-free.
If you’re looking for professional carpet cleaners, from
commercial carpet cleaning to home carpet cleaning, contact us, Choice