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How Often Should I Clean My Carpet?

 Carpets should be Vacuumed Regularly and Professionally Cleaned Once a Year

This is a commonly asked question.  I have had people say that they have not had their carpets cleaned in 10 years or more because they have relied on myths and misconceptions.  The fact is that cleaning extends the life of your carpet and saves you the tremendous amount of money required to replace prematurely worn 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.  So the question is, how often should they be cleaned?  The answer can depend on several factors.  The chart below taken from the IICRC Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning can assist you in answering this all important question. 

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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).
1x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 6 to 12 months Annually
Heavy Soil
(Families With Pet and smoking)
2 to 4x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 3 to 6 months Semi Annualy
(2 x Annually)
Extreme Conditions
(Large Families, Multiple Pets).
Daily Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic lanes every 2 - 3 months Quarterly
(4 x Annualy)

Did you know that according to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) you should have your carpets cleaned AT LEAST 1 TIME PER YEAR depending on the amount of traffic?  The IICRC is a professional association that trains & monitors cleaning technicians throughout the United States.  To help you decide how often your carpets need to be cleaned, I have included a graph from the IICRC S100 book.

Heaven's Best of Birmingham is an IICRC Certified Firm.  We are listed on the IICRC website as: Stephen Mobley Enterprises LLC dba Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning.  You can search for IICRC Certified firms here.

IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the IICRC logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise. All IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC actively has relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.

When you call Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning, you can be assured that you will receive top-notch service because we are an IICRC Certified Firm and we abide by all the standards set forth by the IICRC.  

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