How Often Should I Vacuum My Carpet?

Vacuum CleanerVacuuming Your Carpet frequently and thoroughly is an absolute must if you want your carpet to retain its like-new appearance and last as long as possible.

You can easily cut your carpet’s life span in half if you don’t vacuum regularly or fail to maintain your new carpet according to the manufacturer’s new carpet warranty requirements.

Periodic Cleaning and Vacuuming Is Required

According to virtually every new carpet manufacturer, homeowners are required to have their carpet professionally cleaned periodically, usually every 18 months.

This will keep your new carpet warranty in force. Read your new carpet warranty very carefully to see what carpet care and maintenance is required by the carpet manufacturer.

This is important, even if your new carpet is installed in a seasonal home, your are still required to clean the carpet on a regular basis regardless of the amount of time you spend in the home.

For example: if you only inhabit the home 6 months of the year, and it is vacant for 6 months, you can’t forgo the cleaning requirement as required by the carpet manufacturer.

  • If you fail to clean your carpet according to the required cleaning schedule, your warranty can and likely will be voided.
  • Retain all your professional carpet cleaning receipts for proof of scheduled cleanings!

Learn more: Read a typical new carpet warranty here

Most Homeowners Don’t Vacuum Often Enough. 

Improper carpet care and maintenance is a common reason why your carpet will wear out prematurely. Abrasion from ground-in dirt and grit can quickly cause your carpet to lose its like-new shine and quickly make your carpet appear worn-out, look dull and dingy.

Once damage from abrasion is done, there is rarely anything that can be done to reverse the damage. This also voids your new-carpet warranty due to improperly caring for and maintaining your new carpet according to the requirements, as stated in your new carpet warranty.

Most Carpets Don’t Wear Out, They ‘Ugly-Out!’

The common phrase ‘Ugly-Out’ is a common expression used for any carpet that loses its shine, or when the surface pile mats down prematurely.

This event is most common in medium to heavy traffic areas such as hallways, stairs, in front of couches and main traffic to and from the front door!

How can I reduce damage from abrasion?

Abrasion caused by ground-in dirt and grime is the main reason why carpet will show signs of wear and tear before its time.

Dirt and grime is mainly tracked-in from the outside via shoes, pets and many other sources. This is the major cause of carpet abrasion.

“Frequent vacuuming is an effective way to reduce the damage caused by abrasion and can help your new carpet last years longer!  Sadly, most homeowners do not vacuum enough, and most folks do not have their carpet cleaned on a regular basis.”  – Alan aka The Carpet Professor

How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?

Once your new carpet starts to look dull and dingy, you have already ruined your carpet to some degree.

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do reverse the damage already done and make your carpet regain its original shiny like-new appearance.

Ground-in dirt and grime is the main reason why your surface carpet fibers will lose its shine.

The Carpet manufacturer will deny your warranty claim if you have not properly maintained you carpet according to their warranty requirements.

How to Prevent Abrasive Carpet Damage?

It’s the sand-like dirt, grit and grime that is tracked into your home and deposited into the carpet pile over time that causes of the loss of carpet fiber shine.

There are some easy ways to help prevent the damage from happening, or at least slow down the amount of damage you experience over time.

First, a walk off mat is a great place to start. Simply wiping off your shoes before entering the home will help considerably. Some entry mats are better than others.

Next, some homeowners ask visitors remove their shoes and even provide “house” slippers to wear when entering their home. This will surely help reduce the amount of grit that causes damage to your carpet to some degree.

Vacuum! Vacuum! and Vacuum some more!

Frequent vacuuming is a smart way to help reduce the amount of dirt and grit that causes abrasion to your carpet.

Frequent vacuuming and regular professional cleanings is an important key to help keep your carpet looking like new. However, selecting the right grade of carpet is equally important.

Call a professional carpet cleaning company and have them do a thorough carpet cleaning on a regular basis according to your new carpet warranty requirements. This will help stop the abrasion to your carpet pile from getting worse.

Need to buy new carpet? I have created my own special Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help homeowners determine what grade of carpet to consider buying, based on several key variables.

Should I have my Carpets Cleaned or Buy New?

Some Carpets are designed to last for only 3 years and some are designed to last for over for 30 years, but sooner or later your Carpet will have outlived its usefulness and should be replaced.

Below is Alan’s Quick Carpet Replacement Guide to help you determine if your old Carpet is still worthy of another professional cleaning or if it’s finally Time to Choose a New Carpet!

Learn more: Alan’s Carpet Replacement Quiz

Visit my free Carpet Care Guide to learn smart ways about how to make your carpet last years longer. My best advice? Read your new carpet warranty carefully.

You have certain warranty obligations to properly maintain your new carpet. If you fail to follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance requirements, your warranty will be null and void.

How Often Should I Vacuum my Carpet? 

Abrasion is the main cause of carpet wear and tear. How many people live in your home? That’s how many times you should vacuum each week, especially in high traffic areas, stairs, and in heavy traffic lanes!

  • Do you have 3 people living in your home? Then you should vacuum your carpet about 3 times per week! 5 people = Vacuum 5 times per week
  • Use a good quality, well-maintained vacuum with enough suction power.
  • You will first see the effects of abrasion on stairs and down hallways or any heavy foot-traffic lanes.
  • Carpet fibers can only tolerate a certain amount of abrasion before they begin to show signs of permanent damage.
  • Abrasion from dust, dirt and grit and grime is what causes carpet to look dull and dingy. Once the fiber loses it’s shine, the damage is done.

Learn more: Which Vacuum Should I Buy?

Professional Carpet Cleaning is Required!

According to virtually every new carpet manufacturer’s warranty requirements, homeowners are required to have their carpet professionally cleaned (18 months on average) every 12 to 24 months to maintain their new carpet warranty.

Read your new carpet warranty very carefully to see what carpet care and maintenance is required by the carpet manufacturer. Otherwise, your warranty could be null and void!

The Size of Your Home Matters…

The more people living you have living in your home means more vacuuming may be necessary.

If you have a smaller home, vacuuming is more critical than if you have a larger home.

For example: Five people living in a 5000 square foot home usually requires less vacuuming then does five people living in a 1000 square foot home.

Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help determine what grade of carpet you need to buy.  It’s a simple non-scientific test based on several key factors that I think are very important to consider.

What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?

More frequent vacuuming or professional carpet cleanings may be necessary if you have any of the following circumstances in your home:

    • Have active teenagers, or have several young children.
    • Have active indoor cats, dogs or other pets.
    • Entertain often, or have several grandchildren that visit frequently.
    • Live in a dusty or rural area, or live on or near a farm.
    • Have Serious Allergies, COPD or Asthma.
    • Live in a hot, moist or humid climate.
    • Live in a small home with moderate to heavy foot-traffic.
    • Read Your New Carpet Warranty to learn more about possible carpet cleaning scenarios you might need to consider!

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Alan Fletcher - aka The Carpet Professor, a 30+year veteran of the carpet and flooring business and trusted consumer advocate since 1998. Alan provides free unbiased carpet buying information to consumers. Visit http://www.CarpetProfessor.com to learn how to save time and money; how to select new Carpet or Flooring wisely; and learn how to recognize and avoid common retail Carpet scams! Free! Visit http://www.floorprofessor.com to learn more about selecting natural or engineered wood flooring, waterproof vinyl tile or vinyl plank flooring for your home, office or rental property. Free!

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