This is a frequently asked question which deserves attention in a newsletter. There are two sources of advice, that from the industry and that based on our experience in the “real world”.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration’s (IICRC) standard reference guide for professional carpet cleaning, recommends cleaning for normal soiling in a home every 6-12 months for high use areas and annually for the remainder of carpet. Most carpet mills require carpet cleaning from 18 months to 2 years to maintain the carpet warranty. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) recommends deep cleaning either quarterly, every 6 months or annually depending upon traffic levels.
As you can see, they are all over the place but they all agree that;
- Proper professional cleaning will extend the useful life of the carpet
- If the carpet looks dirty, it is already past the time it should have been cleaned
- Cleaning for health has a bigger impact on people’s lives than merely cleaning for appearance.
- The carpet in most homes would benefit from cleaning more often than it is being cleaned now.
Our “Real World” Advice
Now for our advice, there are two primary factors to consider,
- Vacuuming frequency
- The environment within the home.
If you vacuum at least once a week, consider cleaning every 12 to 18 months. If you vacuum less, maybe clean every 9 to 12 months. However, if any of the following home environment conditions exist, consider professional cleaning more frequently. Home environment considerations would be smokers, pets, heavy use of kitchens and the family.
- For smokers, tobacco smoke lingers and poses a health issue for children.
- For pets, pet stains and their odors get worse with neglect.
- For heavy cooking, especially with oil, the oil gets into the air and settles at entrances to the kitchen.
- And, last but not least, a messy family or family member can impact the cleanliness of the carpet.
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