Why is Vacuuming Carpet So Important?
By Alan Fletcher aka The Carpet Professor (CarpetProfessor.com )
Vacuuming 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 and maintain your new carpet according to the manufacturer’s warranty requirements. A professional carpet cleaning every 12, 18 to 24 months is usually required to maintain your new carpet warranty.
According to almost every new carpet manufacturer, homeowners are required to have their carpet professionally cleaned periodically to maintain the 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! Read a typical new carpet warranty here.
The Main Problem: 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 appear worn-out and look dull and dingy.
Once the damage from abrasion is done, there is nothing 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 strict requirements stated in your new carpet warranty. Read a typical new carpet warranty here.
Most Carpets Don’t Wear Out, They ‘Ugly-Out!’
The common phrase ‘Ugly-Out’ is an expression used for any carpet that loses its shine and when the surface pile mats down prematurely. This event is most common in medium to heavy traffic areas in hallways, stairs and main traffic areas in front of couches and main traffic areas that lead from the front door to any major destination!
How to reduce the damaging effects 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 do not have their carpet cleaned on a regular 18-month basis.” – Alan aka The Carpet Professor
“Once a Carpet Fiber loses its Shine… it’s already too late!”
Once your new carpet starts to look dull, dingy, matted down and ugly, 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.
Carpet manufacturer’s new carpet warranties will quickly deny your warranty claim if you have not properly maintained you carpet according to their warranty requirements.
Perhaps if you had vacuumed more often, and had professional cleanings, your carpet damage could have been avoided. If you start now, you can help prevent carpet further damage from happening or prevent it from getting any worse.
How to Prevent 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.
Still, more frequent vacuuming is a smart way to help reduce the amount of dirt and grit that causes abrasion to your carpet over time. Frequent vacuuming, and regular professional cleanings is an important key to keeping your carpet looking like new as long as possible! But selecting the right grade of carpet is equally important.
Call a professional carpet cleaning company and have them do a deep 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.
I have created my own special Free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to help homeowners determine what grade of carpet to consider buying, based on several key variables.
Visit my free Carpet Care Guide to learn smart ways about how to make your carpet last years longer.
My advice? Read your new carpet warranty carefully. You have certain obligations to properly maintain your new carpet. If you fail to follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance requirements, your warranty will be deemed null and void.
Question: How Often Should I Vacuum my Carpet?
Answer: 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 Five times a week.
This is why having a good quality vacuum with enough suction power is important. Abrasion is a main cause of carpet wear. You can see the effects of abrasion most obvious in hallways or other main traffic lanes and on stairs. Carpet fibers can only tolerate a certain amount of abrasion before they show the permanently damaging effects.
Periodic 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.
Learn More 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:
- Have active teenagers, or have young children.
- Have indoor cats, dogs or other pets.
- Entertain often, or have grandchildren that visit frequently.
- Live in a dusty or rural area, or live on or near a farm.
- Have Allergies, COPD or Asthma.
- Live in a moist or humid climate.
- Live in a small home with moderate to heavy foot-traffic.
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