Most modern carpets are made with materials that prevent many allergens from gaining a foothold in your home, but dirty carpets can still play host to pollutants, bacteria, irritants, and other dirt and debris. Fortunately it doesn’t have to be that way– all you have to do is clean your carpets regularly.

You’re probably onboard with the idea that cleaning the carpets is a good idea, but you might still be asking yourself: “Hey, how often should I actually have my carpet cleaned?”

Vacuuming Duty

Vacuuming is your first line of defense against an unclean carpet, so you need to vacuum regularly and vacuum right.

Most people go far too fast when they vacuum their carpets. Make sure you move the vacuum slowly back and forth, making repetitive passes instead of just simply going over each area once. For your average household, try to vacuum your carpets around twice a week.

Professional Cleaning

While you’ll be able to take care of plenty of dirt and debris via vacuuming alone, you should seek regular professional cleaning sessions to keep it looking new for years to come.

A professional will use a commercial-grade steam cleaner to penetrate deeper than any vacuum and ensure that your carpet looks and feels great. For your average household, high-traffic areas should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months.

What is Average?

You may have noticed that the timeframes given above only apply to the “average household” — there are some other factors to take into account, including:

  • Pets: They tend to track in dirt and will liberally distribute their coat.
  • Children: They often spill drink and food, and having their mouths closer to the ground makes irritation more likely.
  • Heavy Use: If you like to wear your shoes inside, it should go without saying that your carpets will probably be dirtier.
If any of those factors apply, it’s a good idea to vacuum and employ professional cleaners more frequently.

Don’t Let Your Carpet Get Too Dirty for Comfort

Here at Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs, we’re dedicated to helping you keep your flooring in spectacular condition. Having worked for years across Wheaton, Lisle, and Naperville, we offer one of the most dependable and effective cleaning services around — and we also offer carpet and rug sales in case you’re looking for a change. To find out more, just contact us today.