Should I Clean my Carpets Regularly?

You may be wondering if cleaning your carpets often is necessary. You may also be wondering, “How long is regularly?” Today we are going to dive in and take a look into why carpets should be maintained to better your health and wallet.

What Is Regular Carpet Cleaning?

Regular carpet cleaning can be a little different for everyone. If you have small children or pets, it is advised you clean your carpets every year to maintain a healthy and extended life for your carpet. If your carpet receives heavy usage, then you may want to clean your carpets more than once a year. As for everyone else, 18 months to 24 months is enough to keep your carpets healthy and clean.

You may be asking yourself, “That seems like it is too often.” A lot of people think this, but usually, people think this because they want to put off paying for a carpet cleaner. It is easy to think in the moment, “I would rather not pay $200 to have my carpets cleaned” now, but when it comes time to replace your carpets, you will have wished you could have got another 5-10 years of life by making a $200 investment every two years.

Let’s explore some reasons why it is beneficial to clean your carpets regularly.

Extending the Life of Your Carpet

Regularly cleaning your carpet can extend the life of your carpet. What happens is particles that are in your carpet are always being walked on. These particles over time will build up, and as you walk on them, they very slowly wear away at the fibers. Regularly removing the particle buildup will leave your carpets fresh. Of course, over time particles will begin to build up again and that is why it is advisable to clean regularly to protect your fibers.

If you want even more protection and life extension it is good to ask for a carpet protectant to be applied to your carpet. A carpet protectant acts as a shield not only to stains but also to these particles that normally cause damage. You may have seen demos of protectants that cause liquids to pool up, that is because protectants repel liquids and dirt helping to prevent stains and damage to the fibers.

Creating a Healthier Home

There is something to be said for using a well-rated vacuum with a good filter to keep your carpets from collecting large amounts of unhealthy particles; it is especially important to have a vacuum with a good filter to prevent those particles from entering the air. Vacuuming your home is only the first step in reducing unhealthy particles in your carpet though. As you walk on your carpets, you push down these unhealthy particles further into your carpet, if you walk on your carpet with shoes on you actually not only push these particles further, but you may be adding harmful and even toxic particles that stick to your shoes from the outdoors. Regular Vacuuming is good, but only a professional carpet cleaner can reach deep into your carpets and remove these particles. Carpet and duct cleaning goes a step further and uses water which removes gunk, leaving your carpets fresh and healthy.

The reason you want to remove these particles is that they can cause respiratory problems to you and your family. The American Lung Association spells this out:

“Carpets may trap pollutants like dust mites, pet dander, cockroach allergens, particle pollution, lead, mold spores, pesticides, dirt, and dust. Toxic gases in the air can stick to small particles that settle into carpets.1 These pollutants may become airborne during renovations, vacuuming or even daily activities like walking on the carpet. In the home, children are more likely to be exposed to pollution in carpets. They spend time playing on the floor and place their hands in their mouths. If a large area is covered in carpet, it may be very difficult to remove indoor air pollutants and allergens.”

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