We get a lot of questions from customers asking, “How often should I be vacuuming my carpet?” Well that is a great question! I think that Roseanne might have the best answer for you.
“The day I worry about cleaning my house is the day Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner.” -Roseanne Barr
Roseanne has the right idea, all we clearly need is a Roomba to go around and do our carpet cleaning for us…or a ride around vacuum. Our lives can get so busy sometimes that it feels like a chore to put on the back burner because it is something that we can always do later. Here, we explain the importance of vacuuming and why it can help you keep your carpets clean for much longer, or as we like to say, Keep it Clean.
How often should I vacuum?
This varies on the type of house you live in as well as how many people live there. Multiple kids, pets, and high foot traffic affect how often you should vacuum. Our recommendation is every other day in an environment like this. This keeps the carpet fibers from holding onto any grime and filth. On the other hand, if you and one other individual are sharing this space, you may be able to get away with vacuuming every week. For bedrooms and offices, we suggest every week to every other week, once again, depending on foot traffic and activity throughout those rooms.
The Magic of Vacuuming
So, what happens when you vacuum your carpet?
Not only are you extracting the dirt and dust particles off the ground but you’re also brushing the fibers of the carpet into their original vertical position, so they don’t appear lifeless. This causes the carpet to last much longer as it brings the fibers back to their original form from the factory. If vacuuming is not done regularly you run the risk of your carpets staining quickly as well as making it difficult to eliminate the stains. You can think of it this way, your carpet is the biggest filter in your house. When your carpets are contaminated with stains, dust, hair and other allergens the grime sits on top of the fibers waiting to be stepped on. When stepped on, the dirt then ingrains deep into the fibers and is challenging to remove via vacuum and may take brute force to make the carpets look and feel pristine again. To add to that, when someone steps on those allergens those particles are kicked up into the air and can cause allergies or even sickness. Vacuuming can prevent that.
“My vacuum doesn’t work very well; do I need a new one?”
Here are some tips and tricks to make sure that your vacuum is working optimally:
-If you notice that your carpet appears dull and the vacuum is leaving dirt behind, you may need to lower the roller brush to a height that is designed for your carpet.
-If you have a bagged vacuum (a bagged vacuum is one that collects the dirt into a bag that is disposable), and the first tip did not help you, make sure that your bag is not full.
-If you have a bagless vacuum (a bagless vacuum is one that collects dirt into a canister that you can empty and has separate filters that need replacing over time), and the first tip did not help you, check the filters in your vacuum and make sure they are not clogged with dust and debris causing it to not be able to breathe.
So, you’re telling me that I need to vacuum my carpets all the time now?
Well hold on a second, this article is here to help you maintain and upkeep your carpets so that they’ll get the most life out of them!
Then again, you could always listen to Rosanne and wait for Sears to release a riding vacuum or you can give us a call and we’d be happy to take the burden off you! Keep it Clean’s services will make the life of your carpet last for years to come. Our carpet cleaning is one of the best in the business with our trained staff and technicians eager to help you get your carpets looking pristine again. Remember, it’s always a good day to clean your carpets, tile, and upholstery! Call us today at (916) 242-5080