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How often should you clean your carpets?

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016

Residents of Macomb: are your carpets cleaned regularly enough?

Professional carpet cleaning isn’t just a cosmetic solution for when your carpet looks dirty. It actually extends the life of your carpet, making it a worthwhile investment in the long run. Dirt and dust act like sandpaper to your carpet: they shred the fibers, causing your carpet to become matted and thin before its time.

Vacuuming regularly will help extend the life of your carpets, especially when you do a slow and thorough job. If you take time to properly vacuum twice a week (or daily in high-traffic zones), you remove most of the dirt and other pollutants that would otherwise break down your carpet fibers. But even so, you will want professional carpet cleaners to come in on a regular basis.

So, how often should you clean your carpets? Here are some factors to consider:

What’s your family size?

It’s not just that kids are more likely to track in extra dirt or spill things on the carpet. More people mean more wear and tear. So if your home is a high-traffic space with lots of people coming and going, you should bring in a professional cleaner every 12–6 months.

Do you own pets?

Pets can add extra wear to a carpet. Dogs are likely to track in more dirt, and dander can get ground into the fibers, contributing to wear and breakdown. We recommend cleaning your carpets at least twice a year, and possibly quarterly.

Kids and pets?

If you have both pets and kids, you should certainly consider quarterly cleaning. It may seem expensive, but it beats having to tear up and replace all your carpeting. You can get extra mileage from your carpet by doing extra vacuuming, paying special attention to high-traffic areas.

That said, if your child spills something on the carpet, or if your pet has an accident, it is not necessary to clean the whole carpet. However, you should have a professional come out and do a spot clean to avoid long-term damage.

You have allergies or asthma?

Carpet is notoriously problematic for anyone suffering from allergies or asthma. Because it collects dust, dander, pollen, and other allergens, it’s best to vacuum often and have it professionally cleaned on a quarterly basis to reduce symptoms.

None of the above?

If you’re living long or with your partner, and you’re pretty gentle with your carpets, the you won’t need to clean them more than once a year.

Call a professional sooner rather than later.

By the time your carpet is showing dirt (and your vacuum doesn’t keep it clean), you’ve actually left it too long. Think of your carpet cleaning as preventative treatment, and be proactive in its maintenance. So if it’s been a while since your last cleaning, contact Modernistic today to schedule an appointment.

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