How Often Should I have My Carpets Professionally Cleaned?

Published on March 20, 2015

Over the past 30 plus years that I’ve been in the professional carpet cleaning industry the most common question that I am asked is, “How often should I have my carpets cleaned?”

Some carpet cleaning companies will answer by saying, “once a year”, or “every 12-18 months”.  But that makes about as much sense to me as telling someone that they should wash a pair of jeans once a month!  What if you wear them twice a week??  What if you wear them twice a year??

Here are a number of things that I recommend that you keep in mind:

  • If you have a new carpet warrantee that you want to keep in effect, you’ll want to read the warrantee and follow its recommendations. Most warrantees require professional carpet cleaning (usually with a hot water extraction) every 12 or 18 months.
  • If you do NOT have a warrantee that you are concerned with, I recommend that you have your carpet cleaned when it begins to look dirty. That will vary greatly from one consumer to another depending on a number of factors such as the number of adults, the number of children, how many animals, etc.
  • You do NOT need to have all of the areas/rooms done at the same frequency. You may need to have some areas/rooms cleaned as frequently as every six months to a year, while other areas may not need to be cleaned but every 3-5 years.  In some cases, where a small portions of large rooms are used a lot more than the rest of the rooms, it may even make sense to clean the heavily used traffic areas more frequently than the rest of the rooms.
  • Carpet cleaning removes soil that you can see, however it also removes soils that you CANNOT see such as pet dander, allergens, bacteria, viruses, body oils and other things that can contribute to odor and unsanitary conditions. For that reason you may want to consider professional carpet cleaning in all areas, from time to time, regardless of how the carpet looks.
  • Some people are concerned that having the carpet cleaned will damage the carpet or cause it to soil rapidly. When carpets are cleaned properly, by a reputable carpet cleaning professional, the cleaning will not only keep the carpet looking better, it will also help prolong the life of the carpet.  Technically, cleaning carpet may cause some slight wear on a miniscule level, the same way washing clothes may cause some wear, however walking on carpet and wearing clothes causes much more wear than the cleaning.  Prolonging the cleaning only make things worse in the long run.

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John Said:
I thought it was interesting how the article mentioned that high traffic areas should be cleaned more frequently than other places. I can think of a few places in my house that I think would qualify as high traffic since they're used quite a bit. I'll be sure to have those places cleaned more frequently so as to keep the carpet in the best shape possible.
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