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Does Carpet Cleaning Kill Fleas?

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The quick answer is yes, carpet cleaning does kill fleas but it won’t solve the problem of a flea infestation. Yes, the high temperature steam from a professional carpet cleaning is enough to end the life of a flea but you may want to consider the following tips if you’re looking to end an infestation.

In addition to residing in carpet, tiny little fleas often live in upholstery, pet bedding and on your pet. While carpet cleaning will remove fleas and their eggs from your carpet it doesn’t address these other areas where fleas may be lurking. Unfortunately, there is no quick and simple fix for a flea infestation. Eliminating the fleas from your home will take a bit of work.

Fleas love a moist, warm environment. They can often be more of a problem in the spring months when temperatures begin to warm and there is more moisture in the air. Homes with evaporative coolers or “swamp coolers” can have more problems with fleas because of the additional moisture in the air, as well. This website is a great resource for more detailed info on fleas and their life cycle.

Kill Fleas on Your Pets First

The first thing to do is treat your pets for fleas and their eggs. Your vet or pet groomer can recommend a treatment that is right for your pet. Possible options will include a medicated shampoo, topical medication, flea collar, or body powder.

Wash & Vacuum to Kill Fleas

Next, you’ll want to wash and vacuum. A lot. Wash anything and everything that you can. This includes pet bedding, curtains, and upholstery cushion covers. The water from a good washing and the heat from the dryer will kill the fleas and eggs that go through the process. Vacuum carpets, area rugs, cat trees, and furniture then throw away the vacuum cleaner bag. The vacuum will suck up fleas and eggs, but don’t forget those little guys are still alive in there.

Repeat to Kill Fleas

Flea eggs that were not eliminated in the first round of treatment will begin to hatch within a day or two. They can also remain dormant for up to a year in the right conditions. You may need to re-treat your pet within a week to kill any fleas that may have hatched or were not eliminated in the first treatment. The same thing goes for washing and vacuuming, and remember to throw away the bag immediately after vacuuming.

Severe Flea Infestation

If you feel you have a severe infestation, you may want to consider a pesticide. Consult with a local pest control company or look at over the counter options. Over the counter choices include a powder that is applied to furniture and carpet prior to washing and vacuuming. The other option is a fogger, or a “bug bomb”, which fills the home with a chemical to kill the fleas. Both of these options will require you to remove pets and people from the home for a period of time.

So, to get back to the original question of does carpet cleaning kill fleas. Yes, carpet cleaning kills fleas but there are other necessary steps to eliminating a flea infestation. Treat yourself to a professional carpet cleaning after the flea problem is taken care of. The carpet cleaning will remove all the pesticides, flea bodies and dead eggs at the end of your ordeal.

How Often Should Carpet Be Cleaned Professionally?

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how often should carpet be cleanedHow often should carpet be cleaned?  Probably not something you think about on a regular basis.  If you do find yourself pondering your carpet and it’s cleaning frequency, there are 3 things to consider.

The time frames mentioned below are suggestions based on keeping your carpet looking it’s best, for the longest time possible.  To get the most life out of your carpet, you’ll want to have it cleaned BEFORE it starts to show signs of soiling.  Over time, soil settles into your carpet fibers and can cause your carpet to break-down prematurely.  This is why carpet manufacturers recommend annual steam cleanings.  Professional cleanings remove the soil that you can’t see, eliminating unnecessary wear through proper maintenance.  The soil acts like sandpaper, and grinds away at the carpet fiber, eventually causing wear.  A good way to think of professional carpet cleaning is like preventative maintenance.  Take good care of your carpet and it will last longer and look better.

Carpet Warranty?

#1 –  Do you have a carpet warranty that you want to keep valid?  If yes, check your warranty paperwork.  Most carpet manufactures require that you have a professional steam cleaning (technically named a hot water extraction) once a year.

No carpet warranty?  Then the decision to clean your carpet professionally is entirely up to you.  Think about the following variables before you call a professional.  You are completely in control of how often should carpet be cleaned!

How often Should Carpet be Cleaned

#2 – Think about the traffic your carpet gets?  More people means more traffic.  Generally speaking, a family of 8 should have the carpet cleaned more often than a couple or someone living alone.  A home with minimal traffic can go 2 or more years between professional carpet cleanings.  On the contrast, a large family may decide to have the carpet cleaned every 9 months.  Do you have children in the home?  On average, a professional cleaning every 9-12 months is a good idea when you have children running through the home.  There’s no telling what they may have tracked in!

#3 – What about fur-babies?  A home with indoor pets should have the carpet professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months.  More frequently if your pet has accidents.  More frequent cleanings are recommended for homes with pets because animals typically shed dander and fur on your carpet fibers.  Frequent vacuuming can extend the time needed between professional cleanings, but frequent vacuuming means three times a week or more!  Your carpet cleaner may be able to offer you an “every 6 month” schedule.

Each home is different, and there isn’t a science to the length of time that should pass between professional carpet cleanings.  UNLESS, you have a carpet warranty to adhere to.  In that case, follow the instructions stated in the warranty and be sure to keep records of your professional cleanings.  Otherwise, use your best judgement 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.

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