Having your carpets professionally cleaned is often not something we think of until a major stain occurs or we move some furniture to reveal how the carpet used to look! In the case of renters, its often not until the lease is up that carpets are cleaned professionally to abide by the lease agreement.
However, if you want your carpet to have a long lifespan and look its best, you’ll want to have it cleaned before it shows signs dirt build up and stains. Leaving your carpet until it is visibly dirty allows the dirt and grit to settle into your carpet and could cause your carpets fibre’s to start breaking down. Annual Steam Cleans are recommended by Carpet Manufacturers and Carpet Cleaning Professionals alike as it deep cleans your carpet, removing dirt you may not yet see with the naked eye.
Carpet Warranties – New carpet often comes with a warranty. Most of these warranties require that the carpet is professionally steam cleaned once a year in order to keep the warranty valid (check yours to make sure!)
Traffic – think about the foot traffic each carpeted room gets. The more people that pass through or use it, the more it will need cleaning. If you have no warranty to worry about, a home with only one or two occupants (or minimal foot traffic) could go up to 2 years before needing to be professionally cleaned, however a home occupied by a large family may need their carpets professionally cleaned every 8 or 9 months. Having small children around can also increase the need and want to have your carpets professionally cleaned.
Pets – If you have indoor pets, its recommended to have your carpets professionally cleaned every 6-12mths, more so if your fur baby is prone to accidents. This due to your pets shedding fur and dander around your home, regular vacuuming (at least 3 times a week) can assist with this issue but means you are require dot vacuum your home three times a week. THREE. TIMES. A. WEEK! If you find a good carpet cleaner, try to strike a deal for cheaper rates due to your regular need for cleaning.
Overall, how often your carpet needs to be cleaned, comes down to you (if there is no warranty to adhere to), how dirty your carpet gets due to foot traffic and/or pets and your best judgement!