One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘how often should I clean my carpet’?
There are several things to consider when wondering how often you should have your carpet professionally cleaned. Your environment plays a big part in this. To get the most out of your carpet you need to look after it, and clean it before it starts to show signs of soiling or wear. Deep down soil can cause your carpet to break-down prematurely, shortening its lifespan, the soil causing an abrasive action on the fibres. Regular cleaning of your carpet will help it last longer and is a small price to pay when you are faced with re carpeting your home.
There are a few variables that have a direct impact on the soiling of your carpet:
Children: Children can do all sorts to a carpet, let alone the wear and tear of increased traffic. The indoor-outdoor flow volume is increased, increasing the soiling in the fibres. To put it simply, more people means more soiling. With children in the home the suggested time to have your carpets cleaned can range from 6 – 12 months.
Pets: We all love our pets. Unfortunately, pets drop hair, dander and dirt onto your carpet. Not to mention the wee accident or two. A clean every 6 – 12 months is a must to stay on top of things.
Adults: To determine how often you should have your carpets cleaned you will have to consider how much and what kind of traffic your carpet is getting. If you live alone or with a partner and you are gentle on your carpet, you could go up to 2 years between cleans.
Another thing to consider is the conditions of the warranty that comes with your carpet. Make sure you check any requirements your manufacturer's state for your carpet warranty and keep records of your cleans, so you have them should you ever need to make a claim.
In conclusion, each home is different and can vary greatly with environmental conditions. You’ll need to judge the amount and what kind of traffic your carpet is exposed to. Depending on the variables above, your carpet should be cleaned as often as every 6 months to 2 years, or to the manufacturers specifications in your warranty.
Look after your carpet and it’ll look after you.