The cleaning frequency for a home depends on several factors, such as the number of persons living in the home, number of children and pets, and whether any occupants are smokers. Outside factors also determine cleaning frequency, such as weather conditions, industrial pollution or dusty conditions, humidity, type of surface on outside entryways, etc. A combination of conditions may require your carpets to be cleaned professionally more often. The main consideration is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. The dirt hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile is what causes most damage to carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
With proper regular care, you can add years to the life of your carpet and help to retain its orginal appearance. The most important thing you can do is vacuum thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high-traffic areas and stay on a regular schedule of professional carpet cleaning.
After having your carpets professionally cleaned, be sure to:
- Vacuum carpets at least once a week: Up to 80% of dirt in carpets is loose dirt that can be removed with regular vacuuming.
- Use doormats: Keep dirt, and especially sand, out of the house and off of the rugs.
- Protect the surface: Have your carpet fibers protected by a protector such as DuPont Teflon Advanced Carpet Protector and Scotchgard.
- Rotate furniture: Premature wear and soiling take place when traffic paths are unchanged.
- Blot up spills: Quickly clean up spills with a dry, clean cloth or clean towel. Protect the area until dry.