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How Often Should I Clean My Carpets?

By May 3, 2012No Comments

Living here in Idaho Falls, have you ever wondered if you are cleaning your floors and fabrics enough or too much? Or what the frequency guidelines for a professional cleaning is? You have probably heard “Wait as long as you can before you clean your carpet…” or “Once you’ve cleaned your carpet, it’s never the same…”

These comments have stemmed from bad encounters with uninformed cleaners that have left the carpet with an overload of detergent residue. The consumer has assumed that this is the case with all carpet cleaning and resolved to wait until the carpet is in bad shape before cleaning it.

The good news?  When you get your carpet cleaned correctly, it will not re-soil as quickly and will actually last longer. With a true professional carpet cleaning company the damaging soils in your carpet are removed with effective cleaning methods. For you, the first step of making your carpets last longer and stay cleaner is good vacuuming.  Vacuuming will help remove dry abrasive soil that has not been ground in.  So, how do you get the rest of the embedded, hard to remove dirt out? A professional with the right equipment and cleaning solutions is needed. Soil that is not removed by vacuuming, even though it can be hard to see at first, cuts and slices on the carpet fibers as the carpet is being walked on, breaking down the carpet yarns. You see this most in the traffic areas where you walk on your carpet the most.

The result is that even with restorative cleaning at that point, it will not correct the damage that has been done to the fiber. Fiber producers and carpet manufacturers recommend that a residential carpet should be professionally cleaned at least every 12 to 24 months for best performance, more often in heavily trafficked and heavy soiling situations.

Clean Carpets are Healthy Carpets

Carpet that is not cleaned on a regular basis is an unhealthy carpet. Carpet is like the top of a bookshelf, it catches soils, pollens, insecticides, exhaust, etc. that gets tracked in or blown in from the polluted outdoors. This creates an unhealthy indoor environment.

What About My Hard Surface Floors and Rugs?

Hard surface floors can also be permanently damaged when it is not being professionally cleaned on a regular basis. For example, hardwood floors get deep scratch patterns. The grout on stone and tile floors isn’t sealed or the sealer has been affected by household cleaners and no longer repels the soil and spillage. Also, the grout valleys between the tile catch soil that gets mopped into it on a daily basis.

Did you know, a rug can hold up to 8 times its own weight in soil! So, get your rugs cleaned about once a year as well, including removing the dry soil.

How Often Should I Get Stainguard?

When your carpets and rugs were new, they more than likely had a stain protectant on them. This protectant breaks down over time from use and cleanings.  It is recommended that you get stainguard put back on your carpets every other cleaning.  Rugs and high traffic areas should get it reapplied after every cleaning along with your stairs.  What this does is reseal the individual fibers so that it repels the soils.  This will help your carpet last a lot longer.

Who to call for certified carpet cleaning in Idaho Falls and surrounding areas?

If you want to hire a carpet cleaning company with a great reputation, call 208-523-1080. We’ll get you scheduled as quickly as possible. Tobin Cleaning & Restoration has been serving customers in SE Idaho since 1972. Have us clean your flooring and find out why.

You’ll get a certified technician armed with specialty spot removers to remove your stains. The technician sent out to your home is a spot removal specialist.

Keep your carpet and floors beautiful.

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