Perhaps the better question is how often do you want to vacuum your carpet? If the answer is “never,” no one would blame you. After all, most people have got an awful lot on their plates these days.
The list of concerns in any given day goes something like: What’s for dinner? Try new things. Spend more time with the kids. Get more exercise. Find a new job. Read more. How can I find more time to cook healthier? Save money. Plan a vacation. Get ready for the holidays. It’s endless, really.
Thinking of cleaning your carpet is likely not to come up until the need is glaring unless allergies or asthma make it a priority.
So, let’s turn to what the experts have to say about how often you should vacuum. The Carpet & Rug Institute recommends vacuuming your carpet at least twice a week. If you can’t fit that into your schedule, though, they advise you to vacuum the high traffic areas at least that often.
What happens if you wait much longer than two weeks to vacuum is that a fair amount of dust accumulates and can become more difficult to remove the more time goes by. Although there’s not much to be concerned about in areas that are never walked on, high-traffic areas may develop stubborn stains from ground-in dirt.
The ideal answer to frequency of vacuuming lies in the warranty that came with your carpeting from the manufacturer. This is one thing that most home buyers may not think of asking for. It is important information to gather, though, along with home maintenance records. This is because many manufacturers require that carpeting be professionally cleaned on a periodic basis to keep the warranty in force.
Vacuuming regularly can do a lot to keep your carpeting clean and in good shape but, over time, things besides dust build up such as oil and fumes from cooking, allergens such as pollen and dander, and residue from occasional spills and other cleaning products.
We recommend having your carpeting cleaned every one to two years, as a general rule. If you have an active household with pets and children, you’ll probably want to clean more often. A good carpet cleaning company will provide a free estimate. Although this can be done by phone, it’s often best to have an in-home inspection done to ensure that the company can do a good job and that the quote is as accurate as possible.