How Often You Should Get Your Carpets Cleaned

In the Middle Ages, carpets were a luxury only the richest could afford. They were reserved for the best room in the lord’s castle; and few people ever got the chance to see one, let alone own one.

We’ve come a long way since then. But now we have the opposite problem: people have begun to take their carpets for granted, and don’t give them the care they need. Regular cleaning – and by “cleaning” we don’t just mean vacuuming – is essential if you want to extend your carpet’s lifespan and keep it looking fantastic.

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What are the benefits of regular carpet cleaning?

Carpets are made of tiny fibres. These feel great underfoot, and provide a level of home comfort rarely achieved with hard floors alone – but unfortunately the fibres are adept at trapping dirt, stains, pet hair, and even dead skin cells.

Vacuuming thoroughly once or twice a week will reduce the problem, and keep it under control. But if that’s the only step you take, it’s just a matter of time before your carpet begins to look dirty and pose health risks. This is because some of the dirt is lodged deep among the fibres, and can’t be reached by a vacuum.

When a professional carpet cleaner treats a carpet, this deeper dirt is removed – essentially giving new life to every single thread of your carpet. It’s a bit like the difference between rinsing your hair in water, and using shampoo as well. Clean carpets result in cleaner air, reduced risk of airborne infections, and a home environment that looks and feels newer and fresher.

How often do I need professional carpet cleaning?

The answer depends a lot on your home environment. Do you have pets or children that share your house with you? Pet hair is notoriously hard to combat, and most children quite happily run into the room with dirt or sand between their toes. If the carpet gets a lot of foot traffic, if it’s in a room where people eat and drink, or if there’s (say) a fireplace that spits out embers when you open the door, then your carpet may need to be professionally cleaned twice a year.

On the other hand, if the carpet sees relatively little use, if you’re careful with it, and if you vacuum regularly and treat stains [LINK: getting rid of carpet stains] as soon as they appear, then once every 12-18 months may suffice. The best carpet cleaners will be able to assess your carpet and give you an idea of how dirty it is, as well as how often it needs to be cleaned.

If you need to treat a specific carpet stain, or want to arrange a routine clean, the team at EP Services can help.

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