How often should I clean my carpets?
How often you should have your carpets professionally cleaned depends on a variety of factors, including whether you have pets, whether you have children, and how much traffic your carpet sees.
As a general rule, you should hire a professional carpet cleaner or rent a steam cleaner for high traffic areas every 12 to 18 months and for the entire carpet every two years. However, if you have pets or children, you'll need to do so more often.
If you have pets...
Pet owners typically require carpet cleaning more often, due to dogs dragging in dirt, pet fur falling into the carpets, and any accidentally urination or defecation your pet may do on the carpet. In addition to vacuuming at least twice a week, pet owners should clean high traffic areas every three to six months and professionally clean the entire carpet twice per year.
If you have children...
If you are a parent, you likely have seen your child spill a drink onto your carpets or bring in dirt when he comes in from playing outside. Parents should clean high traffic carpet areas every six to 12 months and professionally clean the entire carpet once annually.
If you have pets and children...
The pet/child combination has the greatest chance of dirtying your carpets quickly. Professionals recommend cleaning high traffic areas as often and every two to three months and hiring a professional quarterly.
Don't forget the carpet warranty
If you have recently installed new carpets, your carpet may have come with a warranty, which may come with instructions regarding carpet cleaning. Most carpet warranties require a professional cleaning once per year, but warranties vary, so make sure to check yours before hiring a carpet cleaner.