When do you clean your carpet? When it looks dirty, right? Most people only think of cleaning their carpet when they can actually see the dirt and spots on the carpet. Why clean something that doesn’t look dirty? The best way to answer that is to think of your carpet as the biggest air filter in your house.
Regular cleaning of your carpet not only removes the dust, dirt and pollen, but it can also help your carpet last longer. Most people change out their furnace filters on a regular basis and see how the dust has built up on it. And, we have all gone through the house with a duster dusting off all the knick-knacks and wiping down shelves and tables to clear away the dust. But think about what happened to the dust that didn’t get trapped in the furnace filter or settle on the knick-knacks. It had to go someplace, and that someplace is your carpet and upholstery.
As the dust and dirt settle in your carpet, it is pushed further and further down to the backing with each foot step. At the same time, it is acting like little pieces of sandpaper grinding and abrading the carpet fibers. Have you ever stood at one end of the hallway and looked at the matted down path where everyone walks? That is evidence of the dirt grinding away at the fibers. The fibers no longer are standing up nice and straight. However, if you clean your carpet on a regular basis you can remove this dust, dirt and pollen and make the carpet last longer as well as improve the quality of the home.
It was time for my normal three-month carpet cleaning and I decided to do some before and after pictures. My carpet actually did not look too bad on the surface. There were a few spots where a cola may have dripped. My household consists of two adults, one dog and two cats. I normally clean my 8-year-old carpet every 90 days. I’m still amazed at the amount of dirt that gets trapped in my carpet in that short time.
Your carpet may look clean on the surface, but deep down in the carpet fibers hide the real mess. For suggestions on how to best use Rug Doctor machines and products visit our cleaning tips portion of our website.
Jesse Warner, CHDM, Consumer Support Manager for Rug Doctor