Of all the furnishings in a home, carpet experiences the most direct traffic which leads to dirt accumulation and general wear and tear. It is important to keep the carpet clean and well maintained to not only keep it looking new, but also to increase its longevity. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) recommends carpet in a residential home should be professionally cleaned once or twice a year depending on the amount of foot traffic in your home.
There are several benefits of getting your carpets cleaned professionally regularly. We will explore 5.
Contributes to a healthier environment. Carpet is the biggest filter in your entire home, and it filters out all sorts of airborne pollutants such as dust mites, dirt, fungus, asphalt, and pollens. Eventually those pollutants must be removed in order to protect the carpet and maintain indoor air quality (just like you replace the filter in your HVAC system). Indoor air quality is a major issue, especially if you suffer from asthma or allergies. The high temperature of the water used by carpet cleaning professionals kills off these allergens so that they are no longer a health threat and leaves the surface of the carpet sanitized.
Extends the life of your carpet. Over time, dirt, dust, and other debris accumulate in the carpet and get embedded within the fibers. This will eventually cause the fibers to split and deteriorate. Removing this buildup of dirt and debris will help improve the longevity of the carpet, protecting your financial investment.
Complete removal of dirt and bacteria. The best vacuum cleaners only clean the top 1/4 of the carpet fibers so all the debris that has become embedded with the fibers will stay there until it is professionally extracted. Bacteria in the carpet can also create odors–deep cleaning (or steam cleaning) is the only method of removing deep down odors.
Eliminates carpet stains. Certified and professional carpet cleaners have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to remove tough stains. Professionals are able to remove tough stains like wine, ink, pet stains, mud, and other sources.
Maintains the carpet’s warranty. Most carpet warranties require that carpets be cleaned using hot water extraction every 12 to 18 months. Getting your carpet cleaned professionally is the only way to guarantee the manufacturer’s warranty.