This is a question that has caused a bit of a stir among professionals.
We can all agree on the fact that a carpet needs to be maintained regularly, but what does that entail exactly? Well, the answer isn’t uniform and depends on a few factors specific to your home.
Maintaining your carpet
First of all, you should vacuum your carpets regularly. In this context, regularly means that you should do so as many times per week as there are members of your household. So, if you live alone and especially if you’re away from home most of the time, one quick pass per week should be all it takes to maintain your carpet’s cleanliness.
This changes with additional people and pets! If you’re living with your wife and a cat, the carpet should be cleaned three times per week. If you have a puppy / kitty that isn’t house-trained yet, you should use a carpet cleaner to clean and freshen up the mishap.
The cleaning frequency should also be increased when your pets are moulting since they can shed a lot of fur in only a few days. Just be sure to clean your vacuum’s brushes carefully after that and pay special attention if you have a bagless model so the hair doesn’t get into any important interior workings where it can cause damage.
Vacuuming your carpets isn’t enough though! Regardless of the strength of your vacuum cleaner, the finest and most stubborn dirt particles can lodge themselves deep into the carpet’s pile where air won’t be able to reach them as effectively as a good carpet cleaner.
Cleaning your carpets thoroughly with a carpet cleaner has many benefits. Aside from the obvious effect it has on its cleanliness, a meticulous cleaning session will reduce the wear on your carpet’s pile, making it last and retain its softness longer.
Spot cleaning can be performed whenever the need arises.
What do the manufacturers say?
A comprehensive pass over the entire carpet should be performed every 12 to 18 months, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Many manufacturers’ warranties state that their carpet should be professionally cleaned once every 12 months, so if you plan on honouring it, you should plan ahead and hire a professional cleaning service ahead of time.
Depending on the size and number of carpets as well as on where you live, the costs associated with a professional cleaning job can vary drastically, so if you aren’t really bothered with the warranty it might be a better idea to just rent out a commercial-grade machine or buy your own.
These are all just general guidelines which you can adapt to your own needs. You’ll naturally want to pay more attention to spots that have high daily traffic and things can get much more complicated if your children or pets like to make a big mess of things.
Whatever your situation might be, it is always a good idea to act before any major problems arise. Maintaining your carpet will minimise the risks down the road.
Sure, you can’t predict when the next accident will happen, but you can make sure that your carpet and home are otherwise clean and healthy all the time.