Cleaning your carpets is not something you constantly think about. Maybe occasionally when you drop food or water on them or maybe when you notice that it isn’t the same color it was when you bought it, but most days you just walk over it and don’t think twice about its cleanliness.
You should though because carpets hold a lot of gunk.
Pollutants and grime build up over time and break down carpet fibers like sandpaper. Professionals suggest having your carpet steam cleaned at least once a year to ensure its longevity.
Why should I have my carpets cleaned?
Prolongs the life of the carpet.
When you get your carpets cleaned, you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Regular cleaning ensures the longevity of your flooring investment.
Improving indoor air quality.
Carpets tend to hold a lot of allergens and bacteria and without regular cleaning, the air quality inside of your home will suffer. Prolonged intervals of not cleaning your carpet might lead to bigger health problems.
Ensures that you keep your carpet’s warranty.
Most carpet manufacturers require that your carpets be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months for them to be able to provide warranty services to their customers.
How often should I have my carpets cleaned?
The first thing reputable carpet cleaners check is the carpet for discoloration, dust, stains, and other blemishes. If any of these blemishes aren’t removed after steam cleaning your carpet, the carpet will have to be removed and replaced, costing you more money. Any scratches on the carpets will be removed too, and the carpet is treated to keep these scratches from causing further damage.
It is recommended that you clean your carpets according to their classification. Carpets or rugs located on the exterior of your home should be thoroughly cleaned every four to six weeks because they are more exposed to the elements and tend to collect more dust.
You can clean your interior carpets or those used for flooring with a vacuum every few weeks or so but if you want your carpets to last for years, you need to schedule your carpets for a professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months to avoid the build-up of mold and mildew.
Things you can do to maintain clean carpets
Avoid wearing shoes when you walk on your carpet.
You wear your shoes everywhere you go outside. You don’t realize that you step on so many things and they stick to your shoes. When you come home and wear your shoes inside, all the gross things you stepped on you transfer onto your carpets, making it harder for you to clean them.
Deal with stains right away.
If you spill food or drinks on your carpet, make sure you wipe them away before the stain sticks and hardens on your rug or carpet. Have a commercial carpet stain remover on hand to make things easier for you.
Change your vacuum filters regularly.
Even if you vacuum regularly but you don’t swap out the air filters, your vacuum won’t be as effective. It won’t collect as much dust and grime due to the filters being clogged.
Hire a professional carpet cleaner.
As much as you make an effort to clean your carpet yourself, hiring a professional to clean carpet st is one of the most effective ways to maintain your carpet’s cleanliness. They know how to deal with special situations like water damage and tough stains. They also have equipment that you cannot rent out at your local hardware stores such as UV lights and machines that do hot-water extractions. They also have solvents that they apply to your carpet to avoid smells and keep your carpets looking fresh and clean.