How often should you clean your carpets?

how often should you clean your carpets

You should clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months by a professional carpet cleaner to remove dirt, grime, allergens, odors, and stains that have been embedded into your carpets. The folks over at the Carpet and Rug Cleaning Institute also recommend that you have carpet cleaning done every 12 to 18 months.

But, how do you know if you should schedule a carpet cleaning closer to 12 or 18 months?

There are a few questions you should ask yourself before you attempt to push your cleaning out to every 18 months as every 12 months may be the better option. In fact, some homes may even need regular cleaning as frequently as every 6 to 8 months.

Do you vacuum regularly?

You should vacuum about once a week to help maintain your carpet. If you choose to do more than that, that’s great! If you choose to vacuum less frequently, you will need to have a professional more frequently than you think. By regularly vacuuming, you’re removing the dirt from the top layer of your carpet more frequently. This reduces the amount of dirt and grime that can settle deep into your carpet.

Do you have kids and/or pets?

Both kids are pets are known for accidents! They don’t mean to, but spots, spills, and stains are bound to happen with pets and little ones running around! When it comes to pets, think about all that they can track into your home on their paws. They can bring in half your backyard on their paws and spread dirt and mud all over. And if a pet does have an accident, the odors can unbearable.

And your kiddos can be just as bad and keeping your carpets clean is near impossible. Kids can bring in half the outdoors with them, spill juice, or forget where the paper ends when coloring and painting. Your carpets will definitely be put to their limited with kids around. Plus, if you let your kids play and crawl on your carpeting, you’ll want to make sure it’s as clean as possible for your beloved little ones.

Do you wear shoes inside?

Similar to your pets and kids, the bottom of your shoes can track anything and everything into your home! Just think about where you’ve been all day…bathrooms, parking lots, public areas, etc.! Who knows what exactly your shoes have picked up that you could bring bringing into your home. In fact, we encourage you to stop wearing shoes in your home to help extend the life of your carpet!

Do you or your family have allergies?

Overtime allergens can settle deep into your carpeting if not properly maintained. These nasty particles can easily become airborne as you move across your carpet. To keep your allergies manageable, it’s important to remove them from your home as often as possible through frequent vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning.

If you answered yes to most of these questions, we recommend looking at cleaning more frequently (6 – 8 months) as your carpeting has seen more in a shorter amount of time. Whereas, if you don’t have kids or pets and vacuum regularly you can stretch your cleanings out to every 12 to 18 months.


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Woodard Cleaning & Restoration was founded in 1946 by Earl and Nancy Woodard. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Woodard services the greater metro area (Illinois, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, St. Louis County, and many more). Woodard is proud to serve as the preferred provider for cleaning & restoration services. Our cleaning services include carpet, hard surface, furniture, and rug cleaning for both residential and commercial properties. We also provide water, fire, board-up, storm, and smoke restoration services for residential and commercial clients. For information or questions submit a form online or call us at 314-227-3932.

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Updated on 4/28/2020