Carpets and rugs are one of the easiest things to neglect cleaning. While fan blades are out of sight and out of mind, carpets are always present, and they are one of the first things you or guests will see, but this can be deceptive. Many carpets have colors or materials that can hide dirt and debris, so many people assume their carpet is cleaner than it really is.
Even more common than that, most people never have their carpets steam cleaned or professionally cleaned. The reality is that experts suggest a carpet or rug should be professionally steamed or cleaned every 12-18 months and as often as every month if you have children, pets, or allergies. Anything beyond that could not only be contaminating your home, but could also be violating your warranty.
Experts have agreed that “Indoor air quality can be eight to ten times worse than outdoor air quality” if carpets and rugs are not regularly cleaned. It may seem like running the vacuum whenever you see dirt or debris is doing the job properly, but the truth is that lots of contaminants are hiding just beneath the surface. These contaminants are caused by everything from improper cleaning to not cleaning frequently enough.
Clean Frequently and Slowly
A major cause of contaminants is rushing cleaning. You should be vacuuming at least once a week, and even more if you have children or animals. Animals can carry all manner of dirt, mites, and bugs that can fall into your carpets crevices, and children are walking mess makers.
But even if you are cleaning often, make sure you do it slowly. Even the best vacuum cleaners can only do so much, and if you are rushing them over dense carpets, or those packed with fibers, they simply will not be picking up all that they need to. Once a week, take the time to slowly vacuum, and if you have any spills, be sure to blot and clean it immediately. Even dry spills like chips or food can seep into the deepest parts of your carpet. Doing a methodic, slow clean is best.
Even with all those measures taken, the truth is that carpets get dirty. You wouldn’t trust running a vacuum over your clothes once a week, so why would you trust your carpet fibers to be fine without ever being washed? Carpets are more abused than any material in your home, and they are waiting to spread filth and contaminants.
If you have sensitivities or allergies, you should be utilizing professional services even more frequently. Only a proper steam cleaning can get the dirt that has gone deep into your carpet, which is especially important if you are susceptible to germs or have young ones climbing and crawling around.
The simple truth is that it is hard to maintain a carpet or rug for years to come, but most people won’t ever change their carpeting, and few will ever change a rug. For your health, and your wallet, it is best to maintain your rug and carpet with thorough, regular maintenance and cleaning.
Here at Ace, we have been doing it for a long time (almost 70 years now!), and we know the best way to get at dirt and grime and keep your home clean. Call us now if your scheduled cleaning is just around the corner!