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Okay, so how often should I clean my carpets?
How many opinions would you like?  There's no hard and fast rule that applies equally for all situations.  Many factors such as children, pets, environmental situations and so on play a role in how quickly your carpet soils.  Here's some information to help determine the right interval for you. 

StainmasterTM  is one of the most recognizable names in carpet today and a source we trust. 
 What does Stainmaster say?
  • Stainmaster recommends professionally cleaning at least every 12 months, even if you clean them yourself in between.
  • Professional cleaning methods include steam cleaning (known as hot water extraction), absorbent pad or bonnet cleaning [low or controlled-moisture cleaning], rotary shampoo, and dry foam powder
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  • Lighter color carpets may require cleaning more frequently.

The IICRC is an industry organization providing training and certification for cleaning and restoration professionals.  The chart below is taken from IICRC Publication S001-1991, Standard Reference Guide for Professional On-location Cleaning of Installed Textile Floor Covering Materials.
 

Cleaning Frequency Guidelines
from the IICRC Standard for
Carpet Cleaning S001-1991

Environmental Factors

Normal

Contaminated
Outside
Dusty

Extremely
Cold Weather
Climates

High
Humidity
Biogenic

Day Care Center

2 wks

1 wk

2 wks

1 wk

Nursing Homes

1 mo

1 mo

1 mo

1 wk

Residence

2 persons, non-smoking

6-12 months
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2 months
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4-6 months
.
4-6 months
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2 persons, with smoking 4 months 2 months 3 months 4 months
young children

6 months

1 month

3 months

3 months

young children w/pets 3-6 months

1 month

2 months

2 months
Office Building

ground floor

higher floors

 

3-6 months

6-12 months

 

1-4 months

2-6 months

 

2-6 months

3-9 months

 

2-6 months

3-9 months

Food Service Establishments

1 month

1 week

2 weeks

2 weeks

Commercial
retail shops, bank

3-6 months

1 month

2 months

2 months

(From: U.S. EPA Letter, January, 1989)
This table is intended to serve as a guideline for recommended cleaning frequencies from a public health perspective. Originally published in a letter from the U.S. EPA, this schedule has been adopted as part of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification's (IICRC) Carpet Cleaning Standard S001-1991. Complete copies of the IICRC Carpet Cleaning Standard can be obtained by calling the Institute at 360-693-5675.
What do we recommend?
There's no doubt that regular, professional cleanings benefit both you and your carpet.  Removing unwanted contaminates from your carpet promotes a healthier indoor environment.  Properly maintaining your carpet prolongs its useful life.  We can help you determine how often you should clean your carpets during your cleaning visit.  Here are a few tips.
  • It's easy to forget, so make a conscious effort just keep an eye on the condition of your carpet.  Take a good look three months after cleaning.  Then, again, in another two or three months. 
     
  • Call before your carpet starts showing signs of heavy soiling.  Soil buried in your carpet acts like an abrasive, accelerating the wear of face yarns.  Soils are harder to remove when they've been ground in over an extended period of time.
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  • Vacuum regularly, daily if possible, especially in front of exterior doors where soils can accumulate.
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  • Clean up spills when they happen Read more here.
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  • Use products intended for use on carpets only.  Try water or carbonated water first.  If the spot remains use a non-residual product such as Drynamic's Professional Carpet spot and Stain Remover.  For more information, click here to view DuPont's spot removal recommendations. 
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  • Properly performed cleaning, even frequent cleaning, does not damage your carpet nor will it cause your carpet to soil more quickly.
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  • ALWAYS consult a professional if you have questions about the care of your carpet.
 
Serving Anne Arundel and Howard County, Maryland since 1990, we rely on safe, non-toxic, kid & pet-friendly products and only a fraction of the water reducing our impact on mother nature and avoiding the inconveniences so often associated with carpet cleaning. We’ll leave you delighted and your carpet clean, fresh and dry in as little as one to two hours.
 

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