How often should I have my carpets cleaned?
Updated: Nov 9
This is a question we all can struggle with, because your carpet “looks” clean until the day you suddenly notice it doesn’t, and then you feel you may have waited too long. However, what you can’t see is that your carpets act as the largest air filter in your home. This means they retain an abundance of allergens, dust mites, and general soil that is unknowingly masked within the fibers and can remain unseen.
Where your vacuum falls short
Although your vacuum can pick up much of the large and noticeable dirt particles, the average household vacuum is unable to pick up and filter out dust mites and allergens, because they are far too small. Without a regular professional carpet cleaning these soils and allergens will continue to build up within your carpet which can not only degrade your carpet and decrease its life span, but it can also wreak havoc on your allergies and overall health.
Cleaning on your own
Choosing to clean a carpet on your own may cause a separate set of issues. Home carpet cleaning machines often aren’t powerful enough to extract all of the dirt, soil, and soap or detergent in the carpet. This means your carpet that your carpet will likely retain a lot of dirt and soil, small amounts of soap will also remain on the carpet fibers causing them to get dirtier faster, and your carpet could remain over saturated creating the potential for mold growth.
Professional carpet cleaning
There is no true definitive answer as to how often you should have a professional carpet cleaning, but it is recommended by the Carpet and Rug Institute to have your carpets cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company at least once every 12 months. In fact, the warranty provided by many carpet retailers can be void if the carpet is not professionally cleaned by a carpet cleaning company at least once every 12 months. If you have pets or children, which we all know can bring a crazy mess of their own, then it can be recommended to have a professional carpet cleaning as frequently as once every 6 months. Carpet protectant can also be applied to prevent the build up of soil and stains while also extending the life of your carpet.
An annually scheduled carpet cleaning by a professional carpet cleaning company is not only an essential step in maintaining your carpets, but its also an essential step in maintaining a healthy home.