That is one of the first questions I get from new customers who are not quite sure about proper carpet maintenance. While there is no general rule and too many factors influence each specific case, twice per year would be a good starting point. Please keep in mind that this refers to home carpets only – commercial and business premises require much more frequent attention.
Why twice per year? No matter how often and efficiently you clean, dust and other small particles will inevitably accumulate within the carpet fibres. I’ve had cases of housewives who swear they vacuum clean their entire home twice per week – and still, the dust builds up on the carpet. Most people vacuum once per week, and some do it even less frequently – so you can imagine what their carpets look like within six months.
If you have pets in your household, dog or cat hair will end up on the carpet. Small children are even worse – they have no understanding or desire to keep to the notion of “keep it clean”, especially when a nice, fluffy carpet gives them the perfect playground.
Steam carpet washing eliminates all these problems, and more! The high temperature and built-in detergents effectively deal with a wide range of bacteria and germs and kill 99% of the hazardous allergens at home. The procedure washes away the residue that sticks between the carpet fibres and prolongs the lifespan of your floor coverings.
My suggestion to first-time customers is to plan their first annual carpet washing in late March/ early April and the second one just before the start of the cold season – in late October/ early November. If you stick to this schedule, you will be amazed by the results in the long run!