Carpets are the major component of your home’s interior décor with its attractive patterns, colors and textures. Carpet not only enhances your home’s interior décor, it also has many benefits including adding warmth and comfort, absorbing sound and even unwanted particles out of the air. These unwanted particles include dust, pollutants, pet dander, pollens and even grime, making your carpet look dirty and indoor air quality worse.

So you want your carpet to be free of dust and odor for a more hygienic home. Although you can minimize this by having a no-shoe inside rule in your home, wear and tear will still occur. Also carpets are quite an expensive investment, and you naturally want to keep your carpet’s pristine appearance for years to come, so it only makes sense that you clean your carpets regularly.


Regular vacuuming is the first and best defense to keeping carpets and rugs clean but you also need to do it the right way. The best way to vacuum is to vacuum slowly in back and forth repetitive strokes, allowing vacuum cleaner to vibrate carpet fibers and containing dust in the vacuum. This removes most of the dust that tend to be abrasive and give your carpet a dull look.

Depending on how much traffic it gets, if you have pets and other environmental factors like lots of dust in your area or mud tracked into the carpet, the vacuuming of carpets frequency varies. In an average household, it is a good practice to vacuum carpets at least once a week to keep those abrasive dust particles out of carpet fibers. Ramp up the frequency in high-traffic areas or if you have pets.


Of course you vacuum your carpets and rugs regularly, but is that really getting them clean? Who knows what’s living deep within those fibers. If not, how often should you steam clean them? There isn’t one-size fits all answer to how often you should have your carpets professionally cleaned. It all depends on individual household and its occupants. Taking good care of your carpeting with deep cleaning extends the life of the flooring. Generally it is recommended to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year.

There are number of factors that determine the frequency of having your carpets professionally cleaned.

Carpet warranties

Almost all carpet manufacturers require you to professionally clean your carpet every 12 to 24 months, to keep your warranty valid. Be sure to keep records of your professional cleanings. Most manufacturers recommend steam cleaning method. This penetrates deep into the fibers and lifts out the dirt and the many pollutants. Studies have also shown that mold can be very effectively cleaned and prevents its regrowth for prolong period of time by using hot water extraction cleaning (steam cleaning). Always check with your carpet manufacturer before cleaning.


Think about the traffic your carpet is subjected to? A large family means there is more traffic and in high traffic areas, carpet fibers can even break down. And if there are children, chances are there is more spills, dirt and mud tracked into the carpets. This means family with kids or large family should have their carpets cleaned approximately every 9 months, but more often if there are visible signs of stains.

On the contrary, a home with minimal traffic (couple or someone living alone and gentle on the carpet) can go as long as two or more years between professional cleanings.


If you have pets, have your carpet professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months.  When you have pets, your carpets are subjected to pet hairs that sit deep into the carpet fibers, dirt and grass tracked from paws into carpet. More frequently if your pet has accidents.

If you have children and pets and also smoker in the house, more frequent cleaning every 3 to 6 months would be more appropriate.

You can keep a rug for a lifetime, if you keep it clean. So how often should you clean your carpets even if you’re vacuuming weekly? Each home is different, and there isn’t a science to the length of time that should pass between professional carpet cleanings.  Use your best judgment to determine when you should have your carpet professionally cleaned.  Remember to consider traffic and who is contributing to the traffic – people or pets, or both? Even after your carpets have been professionally cleaned, how often should it be vacuumed? It’s a trick question. Between steams, vacuum at least weekly or much more often.

If you’re looking for professional carpet cleaners, from commercial carpet cleaning to home carpet cleaning, contact us, Choice Janitorial today.

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