How Often Should You Get Your Carpets Cleaned?

Frequently used carpets should be professionally cleaned by a qualified technician at least annually such as Spotless Carpet Cleaning Boulder – perhaps a little longer interval for infrequently-used carpets, and even sooner for carpets in homes of respiratory-sensitive or allergic persons, or in homes with indoor pets.

The following is information from the IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning. According to the guide, factors to consider carpet cleaning frequency include: traffic, soil level, vacuuming schedules, spot cleaning schedules, professional interim cleaning schedules, and restorative cleaning schedules.

Remember: It’s important to follow the carpet manufacturer’s recommended cleaning schedule to maintain your warranty.

Frequency Guide

If you have:

Light Soil 

  • Vacuuming: 1x per week
  • Spot Cleaning: Daily or as soon as spots are noticed
  • Heavy-Use Area Cleaning: Traffic areas every 12 to 18 months
  • Restorative Cleaning: Every 2 years or per manufacturer warranty

Normal Soil (families with children, elderly)

  • Vacuuming: 1 to 2 x per week
  • Spot Cleaning: Daily or as soon as spots are noticed
  • Heavy-Use Area Cleaning: Traffic areas every 6 to 12 months
  • Restorative Cleaning: Annually

Heavy Soil (families with pets, smoking)

  • Vacuuming: 2 to 4 x per week
  • Spot Cleaning: Daily or as soon as spots are noticed
  • Heavy-Use Area Cleaning: Traffic areas every 3 to 6 months
  • Restorative Cleaning: Semi-annually (2x annually)

Extreme Conditions (large families, multiple pets)

  • Vacuuming: Daily
  • Spot Cleaning: Daily or as soon as spots are noticed
  • Heavy-Use Area Cleaning: Traffic lanes every 2 to 3 months
  • Restorative Cleaning: Quarterly (4x annually)
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