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Cleaning Frequency

Regular cleaning extends the life of your carpet. Carpets cleaned on a regular basis provide a healthy, safe living environment for you and your family at the same time adding years of life to one of the larger investments in your home.

Frequently used carpet should be professionally cleaned by a qualified technician at least annually - perhaps a little longer interval for infrequently used carpet and even sooner for carpet in homes occupied by respiratory sensitive or allergic persons or in homes with indoor pets.

The following chart from the IICRC S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning serves as a guideline for recommending cleaning frequencies for carpet. They consider traffic, soil rating, vacuuming schedules, spot cleaning schedules, and professional interim and restorative cleaning.

Residential Carpet Cleaning Frequency Chart

Traffic Soil Rating

Carpet Owner/Maintainer

Professional Carpet Cleaner/Restorer

Vacuuming

Spot Cleaning

Heavy-Use Area Cleaning

Restorative Cleaning

Light Soil

1x per week

Daily or as soon as spots are noticed

Traffic areas every 12 to 18 months

Every 2 years or per manufacturer warranty

Normal Soil
(families with children, elderly)

1 to 2 x per week

Daily or as soon as spots are noticed

Traffic areas every
6 to 12 months

Annually

Heavy Soil (families with pets, smoking)

2 to 4 x per week

Daily or as soon as spots are noticed

Traffic areas every
3 to 6 months

Semi-annually (2x annually)

Extreme Conditions (large families, multiple pets)

Daily

Daily or as soon as spots are noticed

Traffic lanes every
2 to 3 months

Quarterly (4x annually)