How often should I get my carpets cleaned?
You should first check with your carpet manufacturer to see what they recommend for maintaining your warranty.
Frequently used carpet should be professionally cleaned by a qualified technician annually, perhaps a little longer interval for infrequently used carpet and even sooner for carpet in homes occupied by respiratory sensitive or allergic persons; or in homes with indoor pets.
The following chart from the IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning serves as a guideline for recommending cleaning frequencies for carpet. They consider traffic, soil rating, vacuuming schedules, spot cleaning schedules, and professional interim and restorative cleaning.
Residential Carpet Cleaning Frequency Chart
Light Soil 1x per week, Daily or as soon as spots are noticed, Traffic areas every 12 to 18 months, Every 2 years or per manufacturer warranty.
Normal Soil families with children, elderly, 1 to 2 x per week, Daily or as soon as spots are noticed, Traffic areas every 6 to 12 months, Annually.
Heavy Soil families with pets, smoking, 2 to 4 x per week, Daily or as soon as spots are noticed, Traffic areas every 3 to 6 months, Semi-annually.
Extreme Conditions large families, multiple pets, Daily or as soon as spots are noticed, Traffic lanes every 2 to 3 months, Quarterly.
What are the steps that I can expect a certified professional to take when cleaning my carpet?
Dry Soil Removal – thorough vacuuming using an upright vacuum with brush agitation and high-efficiency double-lined collection bag, or a final filter, to remove up to 99% of particles at 1 micron.
Soil Suspension – This involves the application of properly specified, formulated and mixed preconditioning agents designed to separate soil from fibers. There are four fundamentals involved in soil suspension: application of preconditioning chemicals; using heat or temperature to speed chemical reactions; agitation for proper chemical distribution, and providing dwell time so that chemical reactions can be completed before soil extraction is attempted. The acronym “CHAT” makes the fundamentals of soil suspension easy to remember.
Soil Extraction – Any method of cleaning must physically remove soils if it is to be successful. Soil removal takes place with absorption, wet vacuuming, rinsing, and even dry vacuuming. The most popular method for soil removal among professionals is hot water extraction.
Grooming, as necessary – Grooming has little to do with physical soil removal; however, it is needed to eliminate pile distortion and matting, to properly distribute additives, such as carpet protectors, and to create an even appearance for your inspection.
Drying – Damp carpet resoils rapidly, creates potential for slip-fall problems and ultimately, can grow bacteria with associated odor.
What is the standard drying time when carpet is cleaned?
Depending on your type of carpet fiber with normal temperatures and humidity coupled with the use of your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the carpet should be dry in much less than 24 hours.
We find that most carpets are dry within 6 to 8 hours.
What can I do if I get a stain on my carpet ?
There are simple steps you can take to remove a stain from your carpet:
1. Act quickly. Most carpets are stain-resistant, which gives you some time to remove a spill. However, no carpet fiber is stain-proof!
2. Blot-don’t rub. Rubbing can distort fibers. Absorb as much liquid as possible before using any more liquid.
3. Vacuum dry soil and scrape up semi-solids with a dull knife.
4. Pre-test any solution you are using in an inconspicuous place. Due to the many fiber/dye combinations on the market and the effects of the spill, color changes can occur.
5. Be patient. A mild cleaning solution will be safer than a strong one.
6. Apply spotter to a clean absorbent white towel. Do not pour spotter on carpet.
7. Work from the outside of the spot toward the center, this will help keep the spot from spreading.
8. Don’t put anything in you carpet that you can’t extract!
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