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How Often Should I Clean My Carpets?

Customers sometimes ask us how often they should clean their carpets. Part of the answer lies in why you clean your carpets. Many people clean primarily for appearance but most home owners are also concerned about keeping their home healthy. It may come as a surprise, but carpets are actually very helpful in keeping your home clean and healthy. Your carpet acts as a large air filter for your home; it traps dust, pet dander, pollen, chemicals and other contaminants. Acting as a trap is a good thing, as long as the carpet is cleaned on a regular basis, much like your air conditioning filter. So how often do your carpets need to be cleaned? Our recommendation depends on the specifics of each individual situation.

Here are some questions that can help you determine the correct cleaning frequency for your needs.

  • Do you suffer from allergies?
  • Do you have indoor pets in your home?
  • Do you have young children (12 or younger)?
  • How many do you have in your household?
  • What color is your carpet? Does it show stains easily?

Allergies, Pets, or Children

We have found that those who have allergies (or asthma) need to have their carpets cleaned on a more frequent basis. Your lovable indoor pets just make the problem worse. Pet dander can be a big problem for allergy sufferers. Pets also commonly cause odor problems which can be mitigated by proper cleaning. Dalworth offers specific remedies for pet odor which will do the trick.

Children and toddlers spend a lot of time playing on the floor. Cleaning your carpets more frequently is an excellent way to provide a healthy environment for your young ones.

If you have one or more of these problems, consider cleaning your carpets every 3-6 months.

Size of Your Household

The more people living in your home, the faster your carpets will get dirty. If you have 4 or more in your household, consider cleaning your carpets every 6 months, more if you have allergies, pets, or young children.

The Color of Your Carpet

Light colored carpets look great new, but are unforgiving when it comes to masking dirt. This can be an advantage because you can see the dirt with your eyes. Darker carpets mask dirt so you may think your carpets are cleaner than they are.

If you have light colored carpets, appearance is an added incentive to get your carpets cleaned more often and they will usually tell you when.

Small Household, No Special Conditions

If you don't have pets, young children, a large household, or allergy sufferers, then you do not need to clean your carpets as often. For many people cleaning their carpets annually works out just fine to maintain a clean and healthy home.

For more information on when and how often to get your carpets cleaned, please give us a call. If it's time for cleaning you can get a free on-line quote here or simply give us a call.

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