Carpets are an attractive flooring choice because they provide warmth, sound deadening, and a comfortable surface underfoot. What many people don’t know, however, is that carpets also act as a giant filter for your home. They grab and hold a significant amount of dirt, dust, and other particles. It’s for this primary reason, but also for a few other reasons, why you should have your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis.
In this post, we’ll cover the reasons to have your carpets professionally cleaned as well as provide recommendations on how frequently you should do it.
1.) Removing soil from the carpet reduces wear and helps your carpet last
Removing dry soil from your carpet with regular vacuum cleaning (we recommend using a vacuum with a beater bar for vastly superior results) is the most important step to avoiding premature wear leading to you having to replace your carpet early. Beyond that, however, carpets require deeper maintenance to remove soil and particulates from the base of the carpet. This is about more than just making the carpet look nice. Soil is an abrasive that slowly gets ground in as it’s walked on. This slowly damages carpet fibers, resulting in the carpet wearing out sooner than it should. Thus, getting a professional carpet cleaning (we recommend the very effective “hot water extraction” method) periodically will help your carpet last longer and look better as it ages, too.
2.) Remove allergens, dust and pet dander
If you have allergies, one of the most effective places to start is the carpets. Professional cleaning will remove the vast majority of dust, dirt and pet dander which will dramatically improve indoor air quality. As a result, you’ll breath easier without the sneezing and sniffles.
3.) Professional carpet cleaning will remove spots and stains consumers can’t get out themselves
The hot water extraction method used by professionals, uses powerful truck mounted systems. These machines heat water to high temperatures and effectively “pressure wash” carpets at high pressure, blasting out dirt and grime. Along with this, an extremely strong vacuum sucks out the water after rinsing. Combined with proper solutions that are scrubbed into the carpet before they are later extracted, hot water extraction solves most spots and stains on it’s own. Additionally, reputable carpet cleaning companies train their employees and arm them with specific solutions to tackle a wide range of spots and stains. From grease to blood, paint to ink, tar to Koolaid and just about everything in between can all be cleaned from carpet.
4.) Your carpet warranty probably requires professional cleaning
Many carpet manufacturers require professional carpet cleaning every 12-18 months to maintain your new carpet’s warranty. No surprise, most manufacturers also recommend hot water extraction as the cleaning method of choice.
5.) Professional carpet cleaning makes your carpets look and feel great
Customers are often shocked to realize that their carpet is actually shades lighter after it’s been cleaned. Their carpets had become dirty over time so that they didn’t even realize how filthy they had become. A reputable company will apply a pre-spray detergent to the carpets and then rinse it with a different solution, allowing the carpets to be completely cleaned and to rinse fully. The result is soft, fluffy carpets that look and feel great. Only disreputable companies skip steps that can lead to the crunchiness or stickiness that unfortunately have been associated in some cases with getting your carpets cleaned. When it’s done right, professional carpet cleaning will leave your carpet fresh, soft, and smelling great too.
As a general rule, you should have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12-18 months, whether it’s still under warranty or not. Doing so will help your carpet last longer, look and feel better, reduce allergens, and get out those stubborn spots and stains that won’t seem to budge when you try to remove them yourself.
Andrew Rohr is the owner of MSS Cleaning, a Denver carpet cleaning company. As an IICRC certified carpet cleaning firm, they stay up to date on all things carpet cleaning and repair.