How often should i vacuum my carpet

By Andrew Duckworth


How often should I vacuum is a question we get asked from almost all customers.

One of the most important steps in taking care of your carpet is frequent, thorough vacuuming. Vacuuming, especially in areas that get a lot of foot traffic, is vital for removing dry soil. There are 3 types of soil that are found in carpet:
Dry particulate soils like sand, soil, clay and animal hair

Water-soluble soils like food, drinks, etc.
The majority of soil in your carpet will be the first type - dry particulate soil. The most effective way to remove this dry particulate soil is through thorough vacuuming. It's very important to frequently remove this dry particulate soil from your carpet because this soil works its way into your carpet pile and scratches the carpet fibers as you walk on your carpet. This creates traffic patterns and shading issues that will prematurely wear out your carpet.

The third kind of soil is atmospheric, or airborne soil. This comes from things like pollution, auto fumes, and cigarette smoking. It is an oily type carbon based soil that clings to surfaces and is more difficult to remove. When combined with moisture and sunlight it can form harmful chemicals that will attack all the surfaces in your building. It is particularly harmful to floor finishes.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration has given the following guidelines for how often you should clean your carpet:

Traffic Soil Rating depending on traffic

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Light Soil
1x per week
professional carpet cleaning Every 12 to 18 months

Normal Soil
(families with children, elderly)
1 to 2 times per week

professional carpet cleaning Every 6 to 12 months

Heavy Soil (families with pets)
2 to 4 times per week
professional carpet cleaning Every 3 to 6 months

Extreme Conditions (large families, multiple pets)
vacuum Daily
professional carpet cleaning Every 2 to 3 months

So remember, vacuuming is critical to maintaining your carpet and increasing its life. If you want to traffic patterns and want to keep your carpet looking newer, longer, clean your carpet frequently!

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