Carpet cleaning is more than vacuuming. A dirty carpet harbors dust, allergens, dirt, stains, and mites and can pose a health hazard to those with allergies as well. This guide explains what you need to know about carpet cleaning and discusses the best times to have it done.
What Is Carpet Cleaning?
Carpet cleaning is the deep-cleaning extraction of dust, dirt, stains, and allergens from carpets. Vacuuming may remove most of the dust and some of the dirt but not stains, not pet hair, and not sticky organic material that attracts insects. DIY carpet shampooers may get rid of some stains and insects, but only a professional service will extract all foreign elements with hot water, steam, and specially formulated cleaning solutions.
Carpet manufacturers recommend professional cleaning, also called restorative cleaning, every 12 months. The Carpet and Rug Institute concurs. They recommend a yearly restorative cleaning to prevent permanent stains and to keep carpet looking vibrant. Having your carpets cleaned once every 18 to 24 months is probably the minimum mandatory requirement to maintain any manufacturer’s warranty.
A good carpet shampooing is recommended before and after special events. If you’re hosting a wedding, graduation, or family reunion, shampoo your carpeting beforehand to ensure that your carpets look their best for your guests. Afterwards, shampooing may be again necessary, depending on the number of guests and pets entertained and the food and beverages served.
Depending on the foot traffic in your home, consider having a professional cleaning every season. Families track a lot of dust, dirt, and allergens into their homes in spring and summer. Cleaning carpets before the winter, as fall wanes, gives carpet time to breathe before the home is sealed against falling temperatures. If you want to rid your carpets of all the wetness and mud associated with fall and winter, schedule professional cleaning to coincide with those seasons.
If you’re looking for a professional carpet cleaning service, turn to A-1 Cleaning & Restoration of Red Wing, MN. With over 30 years of experience, their experts employ the latest in restoration technologies to remove stubborn stains and unwanted debris. They also provide mold removal and fire restoration services and are on-call 24/7. Call (651) 385-8442 to set up an appointment, or visit them online for more information about their services.