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  How Often Should I Clean My Carpet?  
 
This is a commonly asked question.  I have had people say that they have not had their carpets cleaned in 10 years or more because they have relied on myths and misconceptions.  The fact is that cleaning extends the life of your carpet and saves you the tremendous amount of money required to replace prematurely worn carpet.  Carpets cleaned on a regular basis provide a healthy, safe living environment for you and your family at the same time adding years of life to one of the larger investments in your home.  So the question is, how often should they be cleaned?  The answer can depend on several factors.  The chart below taken from the IICRC Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning can assist you in answering this all important question.

 

RESIDENTIAL CARPET CLEANING FREQUENCY CHART

Traffic Soil Rating Carpet Owner / Maintainer     Professional Carpet Cleaner / Restorer    
    Vacuuming Spot Cleaning Heavy-Use Area Cleaning Restorative Cleaning
Light Soil         1x per week     Daily or as soon as spots are noticed. Traffic areas every 12 to 18 months   Every 2 years or per  manufacturer warranty.    
Normal Soil (families withchildren, elderly)  1 to 2x per week       Daily or as soon as spots are noticed.   Traffic areas every 6 to 12 months     Annually              
Heavy Soil (families withpets, Smoking) 2 to 4 x per week       Daily or as soon as spots are noticed.   Traffic areas every 3 to 6 months     Semi-Annually (2x anually)    
Extreme Conditions (large families,multiple pets) Daily       Daily or as soon as spots are noticed.   Traffic lanes every 2-3 months     Quarterly   (4x annually)        

Did you know that according to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IIRC) you should have your carpets cleaned AT LEAST1 TIME PER YEAR depending on the amount of traffic? The IIRC is a professional association that trains & monitors cleaning technicians throughout the United States.