A clean carpet is a lot like a firm handshake or a warm greeting—it gives off the right first impression. Carpet cleaning removes dirt, dust, and allergens that build up over time. But how often should you get your carpet cleaned? The answer depends on various factors, including the level of foot traffic carpeted areas receive. A general rule for carpet cleaning is to have it done at least once a year. Doing it more than that won’t harm your carpet and could help extend its life, but may not be necessary.
Here’s what you need to know to determine how often you should you clean your carpet.
Timing It Right
Do you plan on having guests over or have a big client coming in for a presentation? Even if it’s been less than a year since your last cleaning, you should schedule cleaning again. A freshly cleaned carpet lets guests and customers alike know that you keep a clean and tidy operation. It’s an easy way to impress, and the cleanliness will last beyond their visit.
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet With Kids?
Kids are a blessing—unless you’re a carpet. What we see as cushioning under our feet, children see as a playground. They’ll accidentally (or purposefully) spill liquids, draw, or otherwise stain the carpet. We recommend cleaning your carpet every six months or twice a year. In between cleanings, you should vacuum dirt and other debris once a week to help maintain the freshness and appearance of the carpet.
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet With Pets?
Like kids, perhaps worse, pets have a propensity for bringing in outside dirt and germs and leaving it on the carpet. Of course, pets have the occasional indoor accident that can leave a hard-to-remove stain on the carpet. While regular vacuuming can help remove surface-level dirt and pet hair, you should get it professionally cleaned every six months to remove deep stains. You can also steam clean every three to six months between professional cleanings.
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet With Smokers?
Do you or someone in your home smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products indoors? Lingering smoke doesn’t stay in the air forever—it can eventually settle into the carpeting. That means you’ll need a deep carpet cleaning at least every six months. If not, the toxins in tobacco smoke can re-emit into your indoor air and combine with other harmful compounds. This promotes an unhealthy indoor environment for all occupants.
How Often To Clean Carpets With Allergies?
Allergy season is bad enough for those who suffer—but those allergens can find their way into your carpeting and make it even harder finding relief. Carpets act as a sort of filter that ends up collecting common allergens and dust that find their way into your home. But dust and allergens don’t just sit there idly, they can get kicked back up into the air, causing you more issues. We recommend having your carpet cleaned every four to six months if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies.
When To Clean Light-Colored Carpets
Light-colored carpets look great when they’re new and clean. But over time, heavy foot traffic, children, pets, and more can turn that beautiful color into a brownish-stained one. This is why some people prefer a darker color to help hide stains away. However, even with a dark color, you should still have stains removed via a professional cleaning.
For light-colored carpets, we recommend scheduling a carpet cleaning every three to six months.
Do you know if your carpet came with a warranty? Some carpets do, and they may have a built-in cleaning requirement. The manufacturer may require you to keep receipts of the cleaning services as proof you kept up with maintenance. Ensure you check the warranty for requirements, including how often you should get it cleaned.
Call DRIRITE® for Professional Carpet Cleaning Services
Homeowners and businesses in the Tampa Bay area don’t need to live with dirty carpeting. With one call to DRIRITE®, you can revive your carpet and help it last for even longer. Our technicians provide excellent carpet cleaning services whenever you need them—including before or after normal business hours.
No matter the time or day, our phones are open 24/7. Give us a call at (813) 419-6292 or contact us online to get started with carpet cleaning.
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