Your home’s carpet is a big component of your space, so you want to make sure that it looks great. It’s also important that it’s free from odor and dust so that your home is more hygienic. In addition, carpet is expensive, so you’ll want it to last a long time. To keep your home’s carpet performing and looking as good as possible, it’s recommended that you have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months. Remember this recommendation is just general and it will vary based on your home. There are some homes with carpets that need to be cleaned professionally every 6-12 months. It’s going to depend on your preferences and lifestyle.

Below you’ll find a list of questions that you can ask yourself to help you with figuring out how often you should have your home’s carpet cleaned professionally.

Is It Regularly Vacuumed?

When you vacuum once per week it’s going to help prolong your carpet’s life. The reason for this is that it removes loose particles on the carpet’s surface before they settle deeper into the carpet and begin to abrade the fibers. In a lot of cases, when you regularly vacuum it will let you wait longer in between the professional cleanings. However, it doesn’t matter how often you’re vacuuming. Eventually, you’ll have to call someone to professionally clean your carpet so that they can extract the dirt and dust from the carpet. If you don’t vacuum regularly, it’s a good idea to schedule your carpet to be professionally cleaned so your carpet’s quality is preserved.

Is There Anyone in Your Home with Allergies?

The fibers of your carpet act like filters, and they eventually collect a lot of the allergens and dust that are floating in your air. As months go by, these particles that cause allergies to build up in the fibers of your carpet. If you let them accumulate, the particles will go into the air again anytime someone is walking across your carpet. Only when you have the carpet thoroughly cleaned can the allergens be removed so that your living environment is healthier. In addition, if anyone has chronic allergies, having the carpet frequently cleaned will help with alleviating those recurring symptoms.

Is Your Carpet Light or Dark?

Having carpet that’s light colored really can help with brightening up your room but it also shows off stains and dirt. That means that you’ll need to have your light carpet cleaned more often than a dark carpet. The good news is that you’ll know sooner when your carpet needs cleaning with a lighter colored carpet.

Does Your Carpet’s Warranty Require Regular Cleaning?

A lot of carpet manufacturers say that you have to have your carpet cleaned at certain intervals so that your warranty is valid. It’s not uncommon to have a warranty that states that your carpet must be cleaned professionally one to two times per year. Your receipts also might need to be saved for your cleanings if there’s an issue that happens with your carpet. This is going to let you document that the instructions were followed for proper cleaning and care frequency.

Are Pets Allowed on the Carpet?

If you have pets in your home, it’s important that you have your carpet cleaned. Even when your pets are well-trained they can make a mess. Along with tracking grime in from outside, they also can distribute vomit, feces, and urine on the carpet. These types of accidents can leave unsightly stains and gross odors. When you have your carpet frequently cleaned, it can help with both of these problems.

Are There Young Children Living There?

If you have kids, you know that they cause lots of spatters, spills and smears. Whether it’s fruit juice, finger paint or muddy footprints, caregivers and parents often have a hard time keeping their carpet looking great. In addition, children and babies especially spend a huge part of their day on your carpet, so it’s important that it stays clean and fresh. When you hire a professional who uses environmentally friendly cleaning agents, they’ll remove the dirt and keep the kids safe from irritants and toxins.

Are Shoes Worn Indoors?

Shoes don’t just track dirt in, they also bring in small grit particles. This often causes your carpet fibers to prematurely wear. When you have a lot of people in the household, there’s going to be a lot of shoes walking on the carpet. Unless you periodically remove this grit and dirt, it’s going to wear some patterns permanently on the carpet.

Frequency Guide for Cleaning Your Home’s Carpets

If you want to have a more comprehensive list of when you should clean your carpets yourself and when you should have it done professionally, below are some tips based on how dirty the carpets are likely to get in your home.

Light Soil

  • Vacuum once per week
  • Spot clean daily or when you notice spots
  • Clean high traffic areas professionally every 12-18 months
  • Do professional restorative cleaning each year

Normal Soil (households with elderly or children)

  • Vacuum once or twice a week
  • Spot clean daily or as needed
  • Clean high traffic areas professionally every 6-12 months
  • Do professional restorative cleaning each year
  • Spot clean daily or as needed
  • Clean high traffic areas professionally every 3-6 months
  • Do professional restorative cleaning two times each year
  • Spot clean daily or as needed
  • Clean high traffic areas professionally every 2-3 months
  • Do professional restorative cleaning four times each year

Heavy Soil – Pet or smoking households

  • Vacuum 2-4 times each week
  • Vacuum every day
  • Extreme Conditions – A lot of pets, large families

Use your own best judgement when it comes to your carpets. How many people are going to walk on it, how many pets do you have, how many kids do you have? This will help you choose the best course of action for cleaning your carpets so that they look and smell great.