Clean Your Carpets Regularly to Make Them Last Longer

file0001628780068Even if you vacuum your carpets weekly and spot clean when you need to, it may not be enough to keep them looking good and give them those few extra years of life. A vacuum can’t reach all the dirt and debris that settles deep in your carpet’s pile. This stuff can actually damage your carpets over time and require you to replace them much sooner than you’d expect.

Extending the Life of Your Carpet

Everything you, your family and your pets walk on in the streets of NYC gets carried into your home on shoes, paws, clothes, and even just through the air. Dirt alone can do a significant amount of damage to your carpet because it’s abrasive. It cuts the fibers and causes wear and tear that leaves it feeling less than soft.

Even the products you use to clean your carpets can cause damage. They’ll often leave behind a residue that actually attracts dirt, which just speeds up the aging process. In the average household, carpets should last between three and five years. But that’s only if they’re professionally cleaned on a regular basis. It’s much shorter if you do without. If you have pets, it’ll be even shorter.

Looking Clean Isn’t the Same as BEING Clean

Dirt isn’t the only thing that gets trekked into your home. Pollen, fungus, pollution and bacteria are also unwelcome guests. And while you can’t see them, they’re there – trapped in the fibers and pad of your carpet. Dust mites will also find a cozy home in your carpeting.

And while these make your carpet less than clean, they can also exacerbate health problems for you and your family. If anyone in your home is affected by these allergens, they be perpetually battling that mild runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and sneezing. If their allergies are severe, it can be a continual cough, congestion or sinus headache. Dust mites are known to cause asthma in people with a serious allergy.

And while a standard vacuum with a HEPA filter can remove a lot of these allergens from your home, they won’t get them all. So while you may find symptoms are less after a good cleaning, they won’t clear up entirely. Professional cleaning equipment is a lot stronger than the cleaners you can find in the store and will do the job far better.

Schedule Regular Cleanings with a Professional

There’s some debate about how often you should get your carpets professionally cleaned, but experts suggest every nine months for homes with children and/or pets. Larger families and homes that haven’t fully housetrained their pets should expect to do it every six months. Otherwise, once a year should be sufficient. If you have a new carpet, check the warranty because it may require a certain schedule to remain valid.

If you have a larger home with certain areas that receive more foot traffic than others, you may want to schedule more frequent cleanings for those areas in particular.

In between professional cleanings, you should regularly vacuum and spot clean your carpets to keep them in tip-top shape. Experts suggest using a high-quality vacuum at least once a week and doing it more frequently in high traffic areas as needed. Treating stains and spills as soon as they happen will also help keep your carpets cleaner, since they’ll be less likely to attract dirt and debris. Waiting will make them much more difficult, if not impossible to remove without professional help.

Professional Carpet Cleaning in NYC

If you’d like to schedule a professional deep clean for your carpets, contact 1st Class Cleaning today! Ask us about our one-time and recurring schedules and pricing. We can do your yearly deep clean, or come in weekly to take care of all the little chores you may not have time to get to. Our teams are bonded, insured and offer 100% organic green cleaning solutions.

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