Maintaining carpet is the responsibility of homeowners that is most often neglected. While it's easy to see that the grass is getting out of line, or that dishes are piling up a little too high, it may not always be obvious that your carpets are in need of a refresh. This can be detrimental to the lifespan of your carpets, as dirt and debris can scratch the delicate fibers, causing a worn out look prematurely. Imagine if you were to wear the same pair of clothes for years and years on end, your carpet is very similar in how it holds on to dirt and germs. While it doesn't need quite as much attention as your clothes, your carpet DOES need cleaning on a regular basis. Here are three reasons you should clean your carpet yearly.
1. Germs and Allergens.
E. coli, salmonella, dust mites, and mold are commonly found in uncleaned carpets. There are over 40,000 reported cases of illness caused by salmonella each year. Norovirus, the virus that causes the stomach flu, is reported to be able to survive in carpet for an entire month. Not to mention, carpets are like magnets that collect pollen and dander and hold onto them tightly. Regular vacuums struggle to remove these tiny particles and old vacuums may only be aiding in pushing them into the air.
That being said, we are not in the business of fear mongering. It would likely be impossible to eradicate these bacteria completely from a home, but you can keep the concentration at a safe level with regular maintenance. Six to twelve month cleaning intervals have been found to be perfectly sufficient for keeping your home healthy and happy!
2. Premature Wear and Tear
If you've been inside many homes, it's likely that you have seen dark pathways running through the hallways of some carpeted areas. This can give the impression that the carpet is in need of a bath. However, when carpet fibers approach the end of their useful lifespan, they simply do not have the reflective and transparent qualities that they used to. This is due to years and years of scratching and scraping against tiny particles. The scratched up and split fibers don't stand up properly anymore and tell you that the carpet needs to be replaced.
Most carpets should expect ten to twenty years of useful life but if they are neglected then that span can be drastically reduced. With a high volume of dirt and debris the damage to the fibers occurs at a faster rate. Removing these alien particles effectively and thoroughly is a sure-fire way to safe you money and time. Protect your investment with regular cleanings!
3. Enhanced Look And Feel
Let's face it, dirty carpets are not appealing. The way your living areas are perceived can be degraded by a lack of maintenance, which can lead to a lower quality of life. Not only that, carpets that are dirty or improperly cleaned can feel stiff, crunchy, or sticky.
Trained professionals know exactly how to treat any of these issues. The chemistry of carpets is actually a complex and delicate balance which can easily be thrown off. Regular vacuuming and yearly professional cleaning is a NECESSITY for preserving carpets. You spend a lot of time inside of your home, especially now that a lot of people are also working from home, So why not elevate your quality of life to the maximum?