How Often Should Carpets be Cleaned?


How Often Should Carpets be Cleaned?

How Often Should Carpets Be Cleaned?

We are often asked how often should carpets be cleaned. After all, carpets can be quite expensive to replace, so knowing how to maintain your carpet can save you a lot of money over time.

Many years of research on carpeting has shown that there are many attributes that point to the benefits of having carpets installed in homes and offices. These include a feeling of comfort, absorbing sound and it can also take unwanted particles out of the air. The unwanted particles it absorbs are varied and include gaseous pollutants, dusts and other solid matter like pollens. It also adsorbs liquids that come in contact with the carpet. In short, carpet is an absorber of unwanted matter and acts like a filter.

There are a number of ways these particles enter the carpet. These include absorption from the air, foot traffic, impact and filtration.


Regular vacuuming is important and should be done often. This can remove a lot of dust and other particles which tend to be abrasive, and can make the carpet look dull, especially in higher traffic areas.

The frequency of the vacuuming required will vary depending on how much the carpet is used, if you have any pets and other environmental factors such as a lot of dust in the area you live or mud is walked into the carpet. In saying this, it is a good practice practice to vacuum carpets at least once a week.

How Often Should Carpets be Cleaned Professionally?

Carpet manufacturers vary on their recommendations as to how often carpets should be professionally cleaned but most say that carpets should be cleaned every 12 to 24 months but there is more to this which you should know about as their recommendations seem to be based on appearance only.

There have been a number of studies which have shown that bio-contaminants like mould is very effectively handled with hot water extraction cleaning (steam cleaning) and the clean carpet does not support regrowth even for prolonged periods of elevated humidity and temperature even though we don’t normally have high humidity levels in Melbourne.

Generally speaking, there are real benefits in having clean carpets. Leaving it too long between having your carpets cleaned can be unhealthy.

So, with these factors in mind, how often should carpets really be cleaned?

There are a number of factors other than time that should be taken into consideration as to determine how often your carpets should be cleaned.

For example, if you have young kids and there is a lot of use and the occasional spillage, it may be worth cleaning the carpet more often than every twelve months. If in addition to these factors, you also have pets and there was a smoker in the house, more frequent cleaning may be needed.

For family residences, carpets should be cleaned every 6 to 12 months but if you have children or pets, having the carpets cleaned every 3 to 6 months would be more appropriate.

There are other factors other than children or pets which make it recommended to have the carpet cleaned more often. These include, the property being in the inner city, close to the CBD, where there is more pollution which can be absorbed by the carpet. If the property is in the outer suburbs there is more dust.

Additional Tips

In additional to regular vacuuming and professional cleaning there are some things you can do to keep your carpets in a better condition for longer. These include:

  1. Use mats at the entrances to the building to help catch particles being walked in.
  2. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a rotating brush which lifts more particles.
  3. When spillages occur, immediately spot clean with a mild detergent. There seems to be a general misconception that when a spillage occurs it should not really be touched. This is incorrect. Clean the spot by dabbing, not rubbing using a detergent that is very mind because detergents which are too harsh can damage the carpet fibres. Watch out for carpet spot cleaning products sold at supermarkets as they can damage your carpet. I would personally never use them. More information on what not to use for spot cleaning can be found here.

What Professional Carpet Cleaning Does

Professional cleaning removes particles which cannot be removed by actions you would normally take in maintaining the carpet yourself. These include:

  1. Fine particles not removed through normal maintenance such as vacuuming.
  2. Particles to which other pollutants such as solid and gaseous organic compounds are bound.
  3. Organic allergens of all types.
  4. Heavy metals including lead, lithium, arsenic and cadmium, found in dust from soil.
  5. Pesticides and herbicides used in and around the property where the carpets are installed.
  6. By-Products from burning or other applications of heat cooking, gas heaters, wood smoke, candles and cigarette smoke.

See which type of carpet cleaning to have done by looking at our article on Carpet Dry Cleaning vs Steam Cleaning.

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