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How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?

Everyone knows that practising good home hygiene is vital for the health of your house. With that being said, there is an item in your property that hides many unwanted surprises like pollutants, grime, and germs. Your favourite living room carpet.

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So, if you:

  • Have bought a beautiful new carpet and wonder if it’s time to wash it.
  • Are just curious whether you are taking care of the carpeting in your home as frequently as required.

You are at the right place.

In this article, we are going to discuss the cleaning frequency of carpets depending on your lifestyle and the benefits of doing so.

How often should you clean your carpets?

The golden rule of proper carpet maintenance is to vacuum twice a week, and have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. For heavy-traffic areas or for households with children, pets or smokers, we recommend vacuuming your carpet anywhere between three and seven times a week and having it deep cleaned every three to six months. And, of course, if you’ve spilt something that can stain your rug, like red wine, you need to clean it immediately.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t apply to every household on earth. To get a better clue of the cleaning frequency, let’s take a closer look at the factors we mentioned above, plus some additional ones:

  • Are there children in the house?
  • Do you own any sort of pet?
  • Is there a  family member with allergies or respiratory issues in the house?
  • Do you have smokers in the property?
  • How much foot traffic does the carpet receive?
  • Do you wear shoes inside the house?

To make things easier, check out this chart that shows what cleaning intervals to follow depending on several factors:

Traffic Soil Rating Vacuuming Spot Cleaning Deep cleaning
Light Soil 1 x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 12 – 18 months
Medium Soil
(families with children, elderly)
1 to 2x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 6 to 12 months
Heavy Soil
(families with pets, smoking)
2 to 4x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 3 to 6 months
Extreme conditions
(large families, multiple pets)
Daily Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 2 to 3 months

IICRC Standard & Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning (IICRC S100)

Factors influencing the cleaning frequency

Take into account the following aspects of your lifestyle to determine the regularity of carpet washing:


Children and carpets have a very special relationship. Raise your hand if your little kiddo has spilt their juice on your rug or has left a track of muddy footsteps on it from playing in the garden, at least once.

For those of you who are parents, make sure to take care of the high-traffic parts of your carpeting every six to twelve months. Also, we advise you to get your entire carpet professionally cleaned once a year.


Pets are awesome but they don’t have your carpet’s best interest in mind. You know what we are talking about – muddy paw prints, dog/cat hair, nasty pee, etc.

In case you have pet companions strolling in your house, clean the high-traffic parts of your rugs every three to six months and hire an expert carpet cleaner to wash them twice a year.

Children and pets

Both children and pets in a single household mean only one thing – a very dirty carpet. We recommend getting your rug professionally cleaned a bit more often – every two to three months.

Carpeting that is under a guarantee

If you just bought a nice, new carpet, it most probably came with a guarantee. Check the warranty for any specific instructions, related to the rug’s maintenance. Most warranties will say that you need to get your carpet cleaned by a professional about once a year, still, to be on the safe side, take a look at yours before booking the service or cleaning it yourself.

My carpet doesn’t look dirty. What do I do then?

You see, it may not look dirty, but in reality, the base of its fibres are most likely soiled.

It just takes a bit more time for the dirt to become visible. Note that the more heavily soiled your rug is, the less chance you have of getting its original, nice colouring and texture back.

The benefits of professional cleaning

Dangerous particles are destroyed

Like we said earlier, your carpet may look clean on the outside, but deep, in between its fibres, dangerous particles may be lurking. We are talking about bits of food, dirt, dust and even pet dander for that matter. All of the described can cause your rug to smell bad and to start to look bad with time. If that isn’t enough to convince you, the same particles can spread germs and bacteria throughout your house, which can lead to health issues. To reduce the risk, follow a cleaning routine based on the lifestyle of your household.

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You prolong the life of your carpet

You see, as time passes, the fibres of your carpet start to collect nasty stuff like dirt and grime. Such build-up can both affect your respiratory system and destroy your rug. If you don’t take care of your carpet, the dust and grime will slowly degrade the carpeting’s fibres, which leads, as you can guess, to a damaged carpet. To prevent this situation, make sure to get your rug deep cleaned at least once a year.

The rugs will look and smell good

The more time you spend cleaning your carpets, the better they will look. Vacuum them as frequently as possible so you can enjoy their nice appearance as long as possible. After all, who doesn’t like a fresh-smelling, bright and fluffy carpet?

If you are wondering between a DIY cleaning and a professional service, read our article on professional carpet cleaning vs DIY cleaning. It will help you choose what’s best for your precious rug!

Professional carpet cleaning by Fantastic Services

As you can see, regular carpet maintenance plays a very important role in ensuring the health of your home. Especially if you are a parent or have allergies.

To make sure you live in a clean and healthy environment, Fantastic Services offers professional carpeting cleaning solutions. Depending on the material of your rug, you can choose our hot water extraction method or our dry cleaning solution. HWE will both restore the initial state of your carpeting while killing all living bacteria in between its fibres.

On the other hand, if you own a piece, made from more delicate material, our dry cleaning services are definitely the way to go. Both treatments are performed by certified and fully-insured carpet cleaning experts, who use completely eco-friendly products.

Time to clean your carpet? We’ve got your covered! Click more to learn about our carpet cleaning options and to find out how to arrange your service.


  • Regular carpet maintenance is vital for the health of your home.
  • In order to choose the correct carpet cleaning method, you need to know what the rug is made out of, first.
  • If you aren’t sure about what type your rug is, expert carpet cleaners can consult you on site and advise you on the type of treatment as well as the washing frequency for your textile flooring.


We hope our article has answered all of your questions. Let us know how many times you clean your textile flooring in the comment section below.

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