Your carpets should be cleaned on a schedule and not simply when they look dirty or when relatives are about to drop in for a visit. Scheduled maintenance cleaning is to prevent permanent traffic lanes caused by sands & grit left remaining in carpet after regular vacuuming.
Cleaning will not remove already damaged traffic lanes but will minimise future damage when cleaned routinely.
When deciding on the best time to clean carpets, consider this:
Clean when traffic lanes start to appear – remember preventative measures including vacuuming go a long way to expensive carpets lasting a long, long time. People tend to remove footwear more in the fall/winter months, therefore decreasing the amounts of sands & dirt being trampled into the carpets, allowing the carpets to stay cleaner longer.
Regular maintenance does not necessarily mean every inch of carpet cleaned, but high traffic areas cleaned regularly (6 months or so) and a thorough cleaning every 12 to 18 months depending on conditions in your home.
Scheduling carpet cleaning while the kids are not home is a smart idea and will allow the carpets dry time without their foot traffic, as well as increased safety considerations.
Remember, every season has its advantages & disadvantages as to cleaning, but the important thing is not the season, but the regular maintenance to preserve the life of your carpets.
The newest studies show that carpet floors are better for allergy sufferers than hard surface floors. The reason? On a hard surface, floor allergens such as dust mites and their droppings, pollens and mould spores are easily stirred up every time someone passes by or something stirs the air. A carpet traps these allergens and other pollutants as well. However, if the carpet is not cleaned on a regular basis the filtering capacity of the carpet gets over-loaded.
With proper maintenance, regular vacuuming, entry mats to catch dirt that would be tracked into the carpet, etc. an average residential carpet would need to be cleaned every 12 months. Sooner for smokers, allergy sufferers or carpets that get heavy use. This time can be extended up to 18 months for carpets that get limited use.
There are several option to choose from when cleaning your carpets; from doing it yourself to paying someone to do it for you. It can be an easy job to do yourself or you may find that you don’t have the time or maybe you have too much furniture to move or that your furniture is too heavy for you to move, in that case it may be best to find a company to come and do the job for you.