The carpet in your home is a major component of your living space, so naturally you want it to maintain a pristine appearance for many years. You also want your carpet to be free of dust and odor for a more hygienic home. Additionally, your carpet represents a sizable monetary investment, so you want it to last for as long as possible.
To keep your carpet looking and performing at its best, Steamex recommends having your carpet professionally deep cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Bear in mind that this recommended frequency is a general guideline only and can vary based on your particular circumstances. For example, some homes may need a professional carpet cleaning every 6 to 12 months. It really depends on your lifestyle and your personal preferences.
Below are some questions that may help you determine the proper cleaning frequency for your carpet:
Do you vacuum regularly?
Vacuuming at least once a week will help your carpet last longer. This is because vacuuming removes the loose particles on the surface of the carpet, before they settle deeper and start abrading the fibers. In many cases, regular vacuuming allows you to go longer between professional deep cleanings. However, no matter how often you vacuum, you will eventually need to call a professional carpet cleaner to extract the deep dust and dirt from your carpet. In addition, if you rarely vacuum, now is probably the time to schedule a professional carpet cleaning to preserve the quality of your carpet.
Does anyone in your household have allergies?
Carpet fibers act as a filter, eventually collecting much of the dust and allergens that float around in the air. As the months pass, these allergy-inducing particles can build-up in the carpet fibers. If allowed to accumulate, these particles will become airborne again whenever someone walks across the carpet. Only a thorough cleaning can remove these allergens to restore a healthy living environment. If allergies are chronic, frequent cleanings are often necessary to help alleviate recurring symptoms.
What color is your carpet?
Light-colored carpet can really brighten up a room, but it is notorious for revealing dirt and stains. Maintaining the appearance of a light-colored carpet will almost always require a more frequent professional cleaning than its darker counterpart. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. The lighter color allows you to easily detect an increasing level of dirt, which helps you realize when the time has come for a deep cleaning.
Does your warranty require a particular cleaning schedule?
Many carpet manufacturers require you to follow a certain cleaning regimen in order to keep your warranty in full effect. It is not uncommon to have the warranty state you must have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once, or maybe twice, each year. In addition, you may be required to save your receipts for the cleanings in case a warranty issue should arise. This will allow you to document that you followed the manufacturer’s instructions for proper care and carpet cleaning frequency.
Do you allow pets on the carpet?
If you share your home with pets, regular cleanings are extra important. Even well trained pets can occasionally cause a mess. In addition to tracking outdoor grime into your home, pets can also distribute urine, feces and vomit on your carpet. Accidents like these not only lead to unsightly stains, they also produce extremely unpleasant odors (which tend to be even more noticeable to your visitors). Fortunately, frequent pet carpet cleanings help neutralize the biological stains and smells produced by pets.
Do you have young children in your home?
Kids are almost synonymous with smears, spills and spatters. Whether it is muddy footprints, fruit juice, or finger paint, parents and caregivers can really have a challenge keeping the carpet looking new. In addition, babies and children often spend a lot of time on the carpet, so you want it to always be fresh and clean. Hiring a professional that uses an eco-friendly carpet cleaning agent will remove the soil while keeping your kids safe from toxins and irritants.
Do you allow shoes to be worn indoors?
Shoes not only track in dirt, they also bring in small particles of grit. This can cause the carpet fibers to wear prematurely. The more people in your household, the more shoe traffic your carpet is having to endure. Unless this dirt and grit is periodically removed, it will eventually lead to permanent wear patterns on your carpet.