Here Are Some Guidelines- Carpet Choice & Family Dynamic Play A Part

We are often asked, how often should my carpets be cleaned.  Folks should be asking this of themselves, or asking a professional.  From a professional standpoint there are a couple guidelines to consider.

  • If concerned about making your house as clean as possible for health’s sake (for your family, )it is generally recommended for residential, that cleaning carpets  be done every 6 months to a year (again, for cleaning for health’s sake) This is based upon air quality studies conducted by Dr. Michael Berry, world reknowned Indoor Air Quality Specialist, and Consultant
  • If concerned about cleaning so it enhances carpet performance, and protects or extends your investment in your carpet, it is recommended by Carpet Manufacturers, that you clean every 12-18 months (based upon laboratory research for optimal fiber/carpet performance.

But beyond the generalized recommendations on carpet cleaning frequency, there are other factors that should be considered when deciding on the best frequency of cleaning for homeowners. Not everyone has the same situation, so cleaning decisions should be made given factors that may affect the frequency for each individual situation.

Honestly, there are different strokes for different folks-  here are some factors good to consider:

  • carpet color, fiber type–  of course one can  expect color may impact cleaning frequency. Clearly color can hide or promote soiling. . White carpet needs extra care and more frequent cleaning than darker colored carpet. Some colors do hide soiling better than others. White, light, or cream colored carpet you need to take extra care, and or clean more frequently. Also, some colors such as mauve, light blue and teal seem to magnify soiling more prominently. Therefore, plan on cleaning these more frequently
  • style- actually style does influence soiling and appearance. A surprising fact- berber while it “wears” like iron, may not hide soiling very well at all. Also, cut pile vs a tight pile, or sculptured carpet may hide or promote soiling. Generally, cut pile allows soiling perhaps to hide deeper within, or below the yarn tip line (the top or tip of the fiber.)
  • family dynamic- how many pairs of feet live on the carpet. are their babies, toddlers, kids, or teens. Actually every age group of children presents different soiling issues to carpet (from baby bottles & projecticle vomiting, to sippy cups, juice boxes, sport drink bottles to beer pong)
  • family behavior– food & beverage practices. Does the family carry beverages and or food through the house. In ex, does the lst cup of coffee get delivered to the bedside (perhaps up the stairs.) Does the family eat dinner in the family room, in front of the TV? Does the family do heavy cooking that may permeate the carpet (or beyond.) Or, are the family members forbidden from doing any or all of the above.
  • entertaining- does the family have lots of guests or entertaining that they do?  Does the carpet suffer from extra traffic and exposure to food and beverages?
  • presence of pets- what kind of pet, the size, the coat, the sex, the behavior tendencies given the breed, all have varying impacts on the subject carpet (a yorkie or small breed,  a black lab with not only behaviors but oils in their coat, to a large or shedding breed like a Newfoundland; perhaps a cat; males, who are prone to marking.. carpet, furniture, even walls… or females, who tend to squat)
  • babies, small children & kids playing on the floor & pets-  generally the air quality down closer to the floor is far more polluted and contaminated than those at standing level. For instance, fertilizers, bug treatments, oils from a car all are whisked in every time the door opens. Oils & chemical compounds from building materials settle on the flooring. Oils, fumes and other things stirred up in the house settle on the carpet.  The closer to the floor, the more contaminated the air space, and more beneficial the cleaning will be to exposure, breath-ability and wellness
  • where a carpet is installed- a family room,  a bedroom, etc
  • what are the exterior or interior impacts on the carpets– what exterior impact is there- track off materials such as dirt, dust, etc;  oils from say an exterior pavement or oils from a car,  airborne such as pollution, or water from an exterior source. Interior wise, same thing- what adjacent flooring is next to the carpet, and how might that impact the carpet ( say residues from cleaning a tile or hard surface floor? or track off from a garage)
  • presence of allergies, asthma or other health issues in the home- if folks don’t consider this in relation to cleaning, they should! cleaning carpet improves air quality for months after cleaning. Cleaning can break a cycle of illness within a family. Cleaning can be done to help promote wellness and protect fragile health situations. Given a baby, cleaning carpet & fabric gives them a safer environment. Cleaning surfaces for a cancer patient, or organ recipient, immune suppressed or other health issue may have a beneficial impact on that person’s health & recovery

In general, suffice it to say, cleaning frequency for carpet and fabrics generally is usually done less frequently than should be done. Every 6 months is not a bad idea, but every year should be a target. It stands to reason that traffic lane cleaning extends carpet life, and carpet cleaning improves air quality, so a more frequent cleaning might be prudent!

Give a call if you want us to help you get a cleaning schedule worked out for your home. We also are happy to look at your other flooring needs as well- one call.

Are you a homeowner in South Jersey & surrounding area who wants to get recommendations about what cleaning frequency is best for you? We can evaluate your carpet, flooring and family dynamic, and give you a prescription that fits your needs. We will give you a free estimate for anything you might want done right away, and note your file for the frequency we have recommended.  Whether north in the greater Princeton area, local in the Burlington-Camden County area, or located along the coastal/ area of NJ, as far west to the King of Prussia area, or points south to northern Delaware and Md, we can get you covered! Call us at 609.953.0472 or contact us online.