We are often asked, “How often shouldI have my carpets cleaned?” The truth is, there is no particular schedule. Cleaning
frequency really depends on the type of traffic you have on your carpet and how you maintain it. Some people can get by with professional cleanings every couple of years, while others need their carpets cleaned every three months or so.
Appearance alone should not be the determining factor when deciding when to clean your carpet. Today’s carpets are
engineered from the fiber up to hide soil. In fact, a tan, residential grade carpet can hide up to a pound of dirt per square foot before it becomes noticeably soiled! Once a carpet reaches this degree of soiling, it is not just in need of maintenance, but restoration as well.Commercial carpeting is often placed on a maintenance program where cleaning is scheduled before it reaches an unacceptable level.
Manufacturers are increasingly requiring that residential carpets be placed on a regular maintenance program as well. Soil, grit and grime in a carpet can work like tiny razor blades, slicing and dicing your carpet fibers, causing the to lose that “new” shimmer and taking years off their life. Carpet that is well maintained will wear longer and is less likely to contribute to indoor air pollution. Appearance, reduction of potentially unhealthy contamination that may accumulate
in the carpet, and manufacturers requirements to maintain your warranty should all be factors that help you decide how often to clean your carpeting. A “no shoes policy,” application of carpet protector, frequent thorough vacuuming, and spotting with a residue-free carpet spotter are all excellent ways for you to keep your carpeting vibrant and healthy and extend the length of time between professional cleanings. If you would like advice on how often you should have your own carpets cleaned, please give us a call.