Flooring is expensive. In fact, it is the single highest cost item in most homes. How do you get the most out of your investment? …by maintaining it! Just like your home and automobile, your carpet requires regular maintenance. Regular vacuuming, prompt spot removal, regular professional cleaning, and the timely application of a quality carpet protector such as Scotchgard or Teflon Advanced will prolong the life of your investment. Your carpet should be vacuumed once or twice each week, and professional cleaning should take place before the carpet has visible soil.
How often should I have my carpet cleaned? A properly cleaned carpet will not re-soil quickly and will last years longer. Proper professional cleaning performed on a timely basis removes soil and grit left behind after vacuuming. This remaining soil and grit cuts and slices the carpet fibers as it is being walked on, causing damage to the carpet yarns in the traffic areas. The result is that even with a professional restorative cleaning process, the damage to the fiber cannot be corrected.
Major carpet manufacturers including Shaw and Invista (“Stainmaster” carpet) require professional hot water extraction cleaning every 12 to 18 months to maintain the texture retention warranty. Not to mention that a carpet not cleaned on a regular basis is an unhealthy carpet... The EPA publishes a guide that recommends regular cleaning frequencies based on the number of occupants. The EPA guidelines state that in a home with two adults the carpet should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months. If you smoke, have allergies, live in a humid climate, have children or indoor pets, more frequent cleaning is recommended. Take special notice of heavy traffic areas, as they should be cleaned most often.
The bottom line is that carpeting which is properly and professionally cleaned on a regular basis will last longer, look better and will help create a healthier home environment for you and your family.