ServiceMaster Flint is asked frequently, “How often should I deep clean my carpets?” Although it shouldn’t be your daily priority, keeping carpets and rugs looking their best does require routine cleaning. There are several factors that should be considered when determining how often to clean carpet.
How Often to Clean Carpets: Residential
|Traffic Soil Rating||Carpet Owner/Maintainer||Professional Carpet Cleaner/Restorer|
|Vacuuming||Spot Cleaning||Heavy-Use Area Cleaning||Restorative Cleaning|
|Light Soil||1x per week||Daily or as soon as spots are noticed||Traffic areas every 12 – 18 months||Every 2 years or per manufacturer warranty|
|Medium Soil||1 to 2x per week||Daily or as soon as spots are noticed||Traffic areas every 6 to 12 months||Annually|
|Heavy Soil||2 to 7x per week||Daily or as soon as spots are noticed||Traffic areas every 3 to 6 months||Semi-annually (2x per year)|
Carpet and area rugs add warmth and style to a home with attractive patterns, colors and textures. To keep these looking great for years to come, routine cleaning and maintenance is essential. Carpet collects dust, pet dander, dirt and other particulates from daily usage. Although you can minimize this by having a no-shoe rule in your home, wear and tear will still occur. Regular vacuuming is the first and best defense to keeping carpets and rugs clean. So how often should you clean your carpets even if you’re vacuuming weekly? For a residential home, plan to deep clean carpets and rugs at least once a year. For rooms and areas that see light traffic or if you don’t share your home with kids and pets, you may opt to deep clean the carpets once every 18 months. How often should you deep clean carpet in high traffic areas? High traffic areas such as carpeted hallways, family rooms and entryway rugs may need more frequent cleaning beyond vacuuming. Consider deep cleaning these areas every six to eight months. If you see obvious signs of soiling on the carpet, it shows that you have waited too long. Even after your carpets have been professionally cleaned, how often should it be vacuumed? It’s a trick question. Your newly cleaned carpet should be vacuumed at least once a week. It’s also important to maintain this cleaning protocol when new carpet is installed. This will help extend the life of new carpet and reduce dulling. If you have any concerns or questions regarding how often carpet should be cleaned, contact us today. Our carpet cleaning professionals can answer your questions and will work to your specifications to get the job done right the first time. Do you need to have your carpets cleaned? Call ServiceMaster Flint today at 810-659-4013.