How Often Should I Vacuum My Carpet?

How Often Should I Vacuum My Carpet?

2020 By Alan Fletcher aka The Carpet Professor (CarpetProfessor.com)

Vacuuming Your Carpet frequently and thoroughly is an absolute must if you want your carpet to retain its like-new appearance and last as long as possible. You can easily cut your carpet’s life span in half if you don’t vacuum regularly or fail to maintain your new carpet according to the manufacturer’s new carpet warranty requirements.

 

Periodic Carpet Cleaning and Regular Vacuuming Is Required

According to virtually every new carpet manufacturer, homeowners are required to have their carpet professionally cleaned periodically, usually every 18 months. This will keep your new carpet warranty in force. Read your new carpet warranty very carefully to see what carpet care and maintenance is required by the carpet manufacturer.

This is important, even if your new carpet is installed in a seasonal home, your are still required to clean the carpet on a regular basis regardless of the amount of time you spend in the home. For example: if you only inhabit the home 6 months of the year, and it is vacant for 6 months, you can’t forgo the cleaning requirement as required by the carpet manufacturer. If you fail to clean your carpet according to the required cleaning schedule, your warranty can and likely will be voided. Retain all your professional carpet cleaning receipts for proof of scheduled cleanings !

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The Main Problem: Most Homeowners Don’t Vacuum Often Enough. 

Improper carpet care and maintenance is a common reason why your carpet will wear out prematurely. Abrasion from ground-in dirt and grit can quickly cause your carpet to lose its like-new shine and quickly make your carpet appear worn-out, look dull and dingy.

Once damage from abrasion is done, there is rarely anything that can be done to reverse the damage. This also voids your new-carpet warranty due to improperly caring for and maintaining your new carpet according to the requirements, as stated in your new carpet warranty.

 

Most Carpets Don’t Wear Out, They ‘Ugly-Out!’

The common phrase ‘Ugly-Out’ is a common expression used for any carpet that loses its shine, or when the surface pile mats down prematurely. This event is most common in medium to heavy traffic areas such as hallways, stairs, in front of couches and main traffic to and from the front door!

 

How do I reduce the damaging effects from abrasion?

Abrasion caused by ground-in dirt and grime is the main reason why carpet will show signs of wear and tear before its time. Dirt and grime is mainly tracked-in from the outside via shoes, pets and many other sources. This is the major cause of carpet abrasion.

“Frequent vacuuming is an effective way to reduce the damage caused by abrasion and can help your new carpet last years longer!  Sadly, most homeowners do not vacuum enough, and most folks do not have their carpet cleaned on a regular basis.”  – Alan aka The Carpet Professor

 

Learn more: How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

Once your new carpet starts to look dull and dingy, you have already ruined your carpet to some degree. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do reverse the damage already done and make your carpet regain its original shiny like-new appearance. Ground-in dirt and grime is the main reason why your surface carpet fibers will lose its shine.

Carpet manufacturer’s new carpet warranties will quickly deny your warranty claim if you have not properly maintained you carpet according to their warranty requirements.

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How to Prevent Abrasive Carpet Damage!

It’s the sand-like dirt, grit and grime that is tracked into your home and deposited into the carpet pile over time that causes of the loss of carpet fiber shine. There are some easy ways to help prevent the damage from happening, or at least slow down the amount of damage you experience over time.

First, a walk off mat is a great place to start. Simply wiping off your shoes before entering the home will help considerably. Some entry mats are better than others.

Next, some homeowners ask visitors remove their shoes and even provide “house” slippers to wear when entering their home. This will surely help reduce the amount of grit that causes damage to your carpet to some degree.

Vacuum Vacuum Vacuum!

Frequent vacuuming is a smart way to help reduce the amount of dirt and grit that causes abrasion to your carpet. Frequent vacuuming and regular professional cleanings is an important key to help keep your carpet looking like new. However, selecting the right grade of carpet is equally important.

Call a professional carpet cleaning company and have them do a deep carpet cleaning on a regular basis according to your new carpet warranty requirements. This will help stop the abrasion to your carpet pile from getting worse.

Need to buy new carpet? I have created my own special Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help homeowners determine what grade of carpet to consider buying, based on several key variables.

Should I have my Carpets Cleaned or Buy New Carpet?

Some Carpets are designed to last for only 3 years and some are designed to last for over for 30 years, but sooner or later your Carpet will have outlived its usefulness and should be replaced. Below is Alan’s Quick Carpet Replacement Guide to help you determine if your old Carpet is still worthy of another professional cleaning or if it’s finally Time to Choose a New Carpet!

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Visit my free Carpet Care Guide to learn smart ways about how to make your carpet last years longer. My advice? Read your new carpet warranty carefully. You have certain obligations to properly maintain your new carpet. If you fail to follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance requirements, your warranty will be deemed null and void.

 

Question: How Often Should I Vacuum my Carpet? 

Answer: How many people live in your home? That’s how many times you should vacuum each week, especially in high traffic areas, stairs, and in heavy traffic lanes!

  • Do you have 3 people living in your home?
  • Then you should vacuum your carpet about 3 times per week!
  • 5 people = Vacuum 5 times per week.

This is why having a good quality vacuum with enough suction power is important. Abrasion is a main cause of carpet wear. You can see the effects of abrasion most obvious in hallways or other main traffic lanes and on stairs. Carpet fibers can only tolerate a certain amount of abrasion before they show the permanently damaging effects.

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Professional Carpet Cleaning is Required!

According to virtually every new carpet manufacturer’s warranty requirements, homeowners are required to have their carpet professionally cleaned (18 months on average) every 12 to 24 months to maintain their new carpet warranty. Read your new carpet warranty very carefully to see what carpet care and maintenance is required by the carpet manufacturer. Otherwise, your warranty could be null and void!

The Size of Your Home Matters…

The more people living you have living in your home means more vacuuming may be necessary. If you have a smaller home, vacuuming is more critical than if you have a larger home. For example: Five people living in a 5000 square foot home usually requires less vacuuming then does five people living in a 1000 square foot home.

Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need to buy, it’s a simple non-scientific test based on several key factors that I think are very important to consider.

 

Learn more: What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?

More frequent vacuuming or professional carpet cleanings may be necessary if you have any of the following circumstances in your home:

 

  • Have active teenagers, or have several young children.
  • Have active indoor cats, dogs or other pets.
  • Entertain often, or have several grandchildren that visit frequently.
  • Live in a dusty or rural area, or live on or near a farm.
  • Have Serious Allergies, COPD or Asthma.
  • Live in a hot, moist or humid climate.
  • Live in a small home with moderate to heavy foot-traffic on a daily basis.
  • Read Your New Carpet Warranty to learn more about possible carpet cleaning scenarios you might need to consider!

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Q. I am looking for a good quality carpet that can withstand children, cats, dogs and heavy traffic. I have a formal living room that you land in upon entering my house. To get to any other part of the house at that point, one needs to walk through the living room. My biggest problem is the traffic marks from the front door, across the living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. This gets dirty fast.

Alan’s response:

A Nylon Frieze is one of the most durable and best-wearing carpet styles. There is only one type of carpet fiber that can withstand kids, pets, and heavy traffic, it’s a Nylon Frieze. Depending on how long you want your carpet to last, you need to choose accordingly. I suggest you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test and follow the prompts until you determine what face-weight and pile density might best meet your needs and goals.

For example: A 100% nylon frieze carpet style with a tuft twist of at least 6, a face weight of 38 to 45-oz, and a pile density of at 1800-2200 is designed to withstand 10 to 15 years of medium to heavy traffic. Frieze styles wear so well because they have a higher tuft twist and Nylon is the most durable fiber.

Smartstrand by Mohawk is another good option if you want a carpet that is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Between Nylon and Smartstrand I think that the most important thing to consider is your budget and how long you want your new carpet to last. Overall, Nylon will last longer, but Smartstrand will be a bit easier to clean. Smartstrand is also known as Triexta or PTT or Sorona and was invented by DuPont. Personally I am a fan of Nylon because it has stood the teat of time for over 70 years while Smartstrand has been around for about 10 years.

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What Does BCF Mean?

Q. I have four kids and three dogs. I need a carpet that is able to take a beating. My question: I am confused about carpet specifications. What is BCF?  I see these initials on the back of some carpet samples but not others? What does this mean?

Alan’s response:

BCF stands for Bulked Continuous Filament. You want to buy a carpet made from a continuous filament fiber. The work “Bulked” refers to a process where the manufacturer makes the strand of fiber beefed up, or bulked to create a fatter and more beefy feel. Think of it like using a volumizer on your hair, it makes it feel thicker and fuller.  The “CF” or Continuous Filament, means the strand is formed or “extruded”  in one long strand.  When they make carpet from a CF fiber is virtually eliminates the shedding and fuzzing that you experience with a carpet made from a Staple Fiber.

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What is a Staple Fiber?

A Staple Fiber is short lengths of fiber, usually 3 to 10 inches long, that are spun together to make a long strand. Strands are then twisted to form a tuft. When carpet is made using staple fibers, the carpet will tend to shed and fuzz for up to a year after installation. While this is normal, it is not a result that most homeowners enjoy living with. When you vacuum up bag after bag of loose fibers, it makes you think your new carpet will shed so much it will eventually become totally bald! So unless you like vacuuming three times a day, I suggest you be sure to buy a carpet made from a Continuous Filament Fiber.

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Alan’s List of Preferred Carpet Dealers

After 30+ years in the Carpet business, I know how hard it is for homeowners to get a fair & square deal on new carpet & flooring.

That’s why I created my own hand-picked list of reputable Carpet dealers in my Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory.

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Can Dirty Carpet Affect those with Asthma, COPD or Allergies?

How Often should I have my Carpets Cleaned? What about Allergies, Asthma, COPD or other Respiratory Problems Caused by Dirty Carpet?

By Alan Fletcher – 30-Year Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

 

The cost for quality carpet cleaning depends on the age and condition of your carpet, how often you have it cleaned and the amount of time and effort it will take to do the job right.

 

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  2. How to find an Honest and Reputable Carpet Cleaning Company?
  3. How To Avoid Carpet Cleaning Scams and Costly Consumer Mistakes
  4. What to do about Pet Damage; Odor, Carpet Stains and Carpet Repairs

Carpet Cleaning Rule # 1

The dirtier your carpet is… the more it’s going to cost to have it cleaned properly.

Imagine not cleaning your stove-top for a week, or a month or a year! How much more difficult would it be for you to clean it? If your stove top was just dirty from last night’s meal then it might take just a few quick swipes with a damp cloth or sponge to get the surface clean again.

But if you had not cleaned it after daily use for a week or more, then can you imagine how long it could take to clean it and how much more difficult the task would be? The same goes for your carpet.

If you haven’t had your carpet cleaned in a long time, no matter who you call… it’s going to take some extra time & effort to do a thorough job. This means it will cost you more to get the job done right!

 

Have Allergies, Asthma or Respiratory Issues? Clean your carpets more often!

Any carpet pile can harbor plenty of dirt, dust and debris. Even the most powerful vacuums can’t remove everything embedded deep in the carpet pile. Having your carpet cleaned an a regular basis can not only help reduce the overall cost, but may also help you and your family live in a much cleaner living environment

 

Can Bad Air Quality Cause Respiratory Problems?

Having your carpet cleaned every other year is the standard in a normal household. However, if you have a large family, you should have your carpet cleaned more often. If you or your family have any respiratory issues like asthma, COPD or allergies, then I think it would be wise to have your carpet cleaned more often.

Cleaning your carpet once every 18 months, or even once a year, may help reduce the potential for respiratory symptoms, or problems caused from exposure to air-borne pollutants. Using a vacuum with a HEPA Filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) may also a good idea. Check out my Carpet Vacuum Cleaner page.

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Why do most homeowners overpay for new Carpet and Flooring?

Why do most homeowners overpay for new Carpet and Flooring? 

It’s because they fail to do their homework! By doing a few hours of research, most homeowners can save a ton of money and end up selecting the right grade of carpet or flooring product that will meet or exceed their goals, lifestyle and overall expectations. 

I have written dozens of online pages on my websites which contain valuable content that you can use to help you make wise and informed carpet and flooring selections.

You should be very wary of all the scams and rip-offs that are prevalent thru-out the carpet and flooring industry.  This is a wake up call! I am sure you have heard about con-artists who are out to steal your personal identity and scam you out of your hard earned money with online phishing scams. Well the same is true in the carpet and flooring business. There are plenty of carpet and flooring scams that you need to learn how to avoid!

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Best Carpet Choice For Stairs

Would you like to know what would be the Best and Most Durable Carpet & Padding Choice for your STAIRS, landing, hallway and other high traffic areas of your home?

Take my Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need to buy!

Carpet installed on stairs tends to wear out much quicker than other areas in your home. Why? It’s because stairs are narrow and they receive a constant pounding from heavy footed-traffic focused down the center and on the leading-edge of every step.

Here are some expert tips and tricks revealed by The Carpet Professor to help you make wise and informed carpet and padding choices. The goal is to make sure your new carpet and pad installed you have installed on your STAIRS and other areas of high-traffic can tolerate more abuse and hopefully last years longer.

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Did You Know…

Active children, dogs and cats and especially teenage boys and their friends are the main reason why carpets installed on stairs tend to wear out faster than carpets installed in other areas of your home.

Kids and pets love to run up and down the stairs as fast as they can which is very damaging to the pile surface.

If you want to have your new carpet last as long as possible then you need to make sure to buy the right grade of carpet and padding.

Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need in your home.

Abrasion is the number one cause of carpet wear and tear. What can you do to alleviate the problem? The Carpet Professor has all the information you need to make wise and informed carpet buying choices.

Visit http://www.abccarpets.com/best_carpet_choice_for_stairs.htm to learn more. Get free and unbiased carpet buying information about how to buy the right grade of carpet for your home and stairs.

 

 

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