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How Often Should Carpet Be Cleaned Professionally?

Karen Carter

how often should carpet be cleaned

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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