With the hustle and bustle of today’s world, it’s easy to let ordinary tasks get overlooked or let them slip out of our regular routine. Maintaining your carpet often falls into that category – you’ll get to it later, when you have more time. But that extra time rarely comes, if ever. The more you put off cleaning the carpets, the easier it is to keep putting it off. All the while, more dirt, allergens, and other debris collect between the fibers.
Should you just clean your carpet when it looks dirty? Sadly, when a carpet begins to look dirty, that means the dirt and debris have already accumulated to damaging levels. Particles get packed into your carpet, easily cutting and scraping the fibers, making them look even more dingy. It’s important to remove those particles before they build up enough to cause that damage. Professional carpet cleaning every six months helps to remove stains, heavy buildup, and any particles lodged deep within the carpet pile.
Even with professional carpet cleaning, however, carpeting typically needs more attention. For example, wouldn’t avoid brushing and flossing your teeth and just visit the dentist every six months to let them do the job twice a year. So how much more attention is needed for your carpet? Do you have to clean it twice a day, just like your teeth?
How Do You Use Your Carpet?
It might seem obvious, but the less frequent the carpet is used, the less it will need attention. In other words, your closed-off extra bedroom that no one sets foot in will not need as much vacuuming as the living or dining room. Schedule more vacuuming sessions in areas that see more traffic. Unused rooms could get by with weekly vacuuming, whereas hallways and living rooms often need a vacuum session every three days, or even daily.
Daily vacuuming? Some heavy traffic areas are likely to need it, especially if you have house pets. But, as mentioned before, the hustle and bustle of life might push that schedule out the window. Thankfully, many of today’s vacuums are slim, lightweight and easy to use, making the task much quicker and easier. There are even robot vacuums that you can program to supplement your personal vacuum schedule.
But it’s not just how often you vacuum, but also how you vacuum. In most cases, it’s beneficial to go over each area with two or three long back-and-forth strokes, repeated in multiple, overlapping directions. This makes sure to take every opportunity – and angle – to dislodge any stubborn particles in the pile.
Kids, Pets and Carpets
If you have children or pets in your household, the necessary frequency of vacuuming increases dramatically. Pets shed hair and dander, and kids find all kinds of stuff to walk through and get on the carpet. All the accumulation on their skin transfers to the carpet as they traverse it. With children or pets in the home, daily vacuuming becomes a must. It’s the best way to make sure your allergies aren’t affected, as well as removing possible resources for bacterial colonies.
If your child is ready for chores, introduce them to vacuuming and delegate the task to them. With a little supervision and commendation, they can take pride in helping to keep the home clean and safe, as well as learn a skill that could help them later in life.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Preferred Carpet Care in Redding specializes in removing any dust, debris, or other contaminants from your carpet that your vacuum routine cannot. As mentioned, it’s recommended to get a professional carpet cleaning every six months to eliminate all the deep-seated debris and refresh your carpet fibers. With our expertise, skill and training certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), you can rest assured that Preferred Carpet Care will get the job done right. Your carpet will look, smell and feel as good as new.
For more information on professional carpet cleaning, how frequently to vacuum your carpet, what kind of vacuum to use, or any other concern about your carpet, check out our website, give our office a call or schedule an appointment online. We’re glad to bring carpet cleaning services to Northern California in Redding and the surrounding areas – and we do it with excellence!
- Posted by Rod Barth
- On November 10, 2021