Aside from people who make a living out of it, nobody likes cleaning carpets: it’s messy, smelly and takes a lot of time. Yet cleaning carpets regularly is an absolute must for those wanting a clean home environment: dirty carpets are a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and carpet beetles, all of which can make your home turn inhospitable quick.
So what are the true carpet cleaning recommendations?
While carpet cleaning is a necessity, there’s no need to go overboard and scrub every day – having a proper cleaning schedule will help you manage your time better while also ensuring that your carpets stay clean year-round.
When to clean
Let’s start by mentioning vacuuming: it should form the basis of your carpet maintenance and should be done at least once weekly (or bi-weekly if the carpets don’t receive a lot of traffic). Regular maintenance will help avoid severe dirt and grime accumulation – when you do get to cleaning, you’ll have a lot less work on your hands.
Unfortunately, all the vacuuming in the world won’t eliminate the need to clean your carpets with moisture occasionally. If you’re sure in your ability to keep your carpets clean through vacuuming, cleaning with moisture every two to three months is a good start – if you get to cleaning on your own, make sure to rinse and scrub every part of the carpet evenly as opposed to just hitting the dirtiest areas.
Of course, the frequency should vary based on the type of the carpet and its position inside your home. Wall-to-wall carpets are the biggest victims of dirt – when considering buying one, be sure to take into account the additional cleaning that will have to be done. Large carpets in living rooms need to be cleaned far more often than area carpets in less-visited rooms – the same goes for carpets in hallways that often take the brunt of footsteps or are used as doormats.
The aforementioned schedule should only serve as a guideline – don’t catch yourself passing up on necessary unplanned cleaning because it’s “not yet carpet cleaning time”, as this will only make the cleaners’ job a lot harder when you finally pick up the phone and call them.
One example of unplanned cleaning that should never be delayed is stain removal. The longer you wait to have the carpet cleaned after a spill, the harder it will be to remove the stain – too much time and you run a high risk of being stuck with a permanent stain that will completely ruin your carpet’s appearance.
If you can’t find the time for a thorough cleaning job in the wake of a spill due to a busy schedule, consider making an emergency appointment with a professional cleaning service: while extra expenses aren’t anyone’s idea of a good time, this is a great way to save a lot of effort on top of having your carpets cleaned far more thoroughly than you otherwise could.
Likewise, it pays to keep an eye out for dirt accumulation on your carpets and have them cleaned accordingly – if you notice a carpet getting dirty quicker than you’re used to, be ready to adapt by having cleaners come over ahead of time.