Many of us love the feel of carpet under our feet and choose to have carpet as the flooring choice in some rooms in our homes. Carpet is pretty and soft, but it also tends to trap dirt, dust, smells and can stain easily. In order to keep our carpets clean, and looking nice, some maintenance and cleaning are required. So how often should you clean your carpets, and what methods work best to help keep your carpets in tip-top shape? Follow these tips from NSEW Carpet Cleaning.
The first step is regular routine vacuuming. How often should you vacuum, you might wonder. Consider who lives in your home. Those living alone or couples may not need to vacuum as frequently as those with children and/or pets. For those with light foot traffic in their homes, vacuuming once a week should be sufficient. For most homes with normal traffic, it’s good to vacuum at least twice a week.
If you have heavy foot traffic in your home, you will want to up that to three to four times per week. And for those with extreme traffic, like kids and pets coming and going, you may want to vacuum daily. You may also want to vacuum daily if you have allergies or respiratory difficulties of any kind. The best way to accomplish vacuuming is to push the vacuum slowly back and forth in repetitive strokes.
In addition to regular vacuuming, you want to ensure your carpet remains free of stains and spots. Stains and spots should be cleaned as soon as they are noticed. The longer a stain sits on your carpet, the more difficult it may be to remove it. There are many products sold to assist in removing carpet stains. You may want to purchase one of those products if the spot or stain doesn’t come out with regular cleaning.
Carpets can also trap smells in their fibers. Some people like to purchase carpet deodorizers which usually have a powdered base and come in unscented, or many scents you may find pleasing such as floral, or spring. These can add a nice fresh smell to your home.
Last, but not least, how often should you have your carpet professionally cleaned? In order to extend the life of your carpet, and keep it looking nice, it is recommended that you have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year. Most manufacturers recommend steam cleaning. Steam penetrates deep into the carpet fibers and lifts out the dirt and pollutants we track into our carpets on a daily basis. You may choose to have your carpets professionally cleaned twice or more times per year if you have children, pets, or heavy traffic in your home.
Only you can determine how often you choose to have your carpet cleaned. Consider who, and how many people or pets walk on your carpet daily. Are shoes allowed on the carpet? Many factors can affect the necessary frequency of professional cleaning. Use your judgment, and look at your carpet regularly to determine what is needed.