When to Clean Home and Commercial Carpets

Wondering when to clean home and commercial carpets? The team at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver have a few suggestions for you, though there’s no definitive answer for every home or business. The frequency with which carpets should be cleaned varies greatly depending on your location, soil type, foot traffic, and exposure to certain contaminants.

The biggest differentiator affecting when to clean home and commercial carpets is foot traffic. Obviously, businesses receive a great more deal wear and tear than most residences, and the type of business will affect both the amount of foot traffic and the variety of contaminants.

Let’s take a look at businesses first. Remember these are just estimations! If you find that your floors are getting dirty or becoming damaged faster, you may want to up the frequency of your commercial carpet cleaning. One of our Acme experts can also recommend a cleaning schedule to help you with when to clean home and commercial carpets.

Businesses

A retail business typically receives a steady flow of traffic each day. Their carpets should be cleaned and protected once every 3 to 6 months. We know that’s a pretty broad range, but it depends on the amount of foot traffic, as well as other factors such as the cleanliness of the parking area outside and the time of year.

While a restaurant or bar will probably receive less traffic than a retail store, they still need a deep, commercial carpet cleaning every 3 months. Between frequent of food and beverage spills, as well as grease being tracked out from the kitchen and standard foot traffic, waiting longer than a few months can turn off customers and reduce the lifespan of your carpets.

A typical office building generally doesn’t receive as much traffic as the two types of businesses already mentioned, although it does depend on the number of employees moving about. If you definitely have less traffic, cleanings are required less often, perhaps once every 6 months.

For automotive and trucking companies, there is a lot of oil involved with these types of businesses. Oil is a killer for carpet cleanliness as it attracts dirt and causes the carpet to get dirty and look old and stained much faster. If commercial carpet cleanings are put off too long, the oil builds up and can even begin to cause damage to the carpet that if left unattended will require replacement sooner than usual. So, depending again on the amount of traffic, these types of companies should clean their carpet anywhere from every 3 to 6 months.

In general, churches receive heavy traffic only one or two days a week and can get away with cleaning and protecting the carpets only once a year. Depending on size it may be necessary to complement that lenient schedule with a concentrated cleaning of high-traffic areas like the foyer on a more frequent basis, such as every 3-6 months.

Industrial companies often just throw in the towel and figure it isn’t worth it to try and keep the carpet clean. They’ll just buy new carpet when the time comes. However, even though the carpet may still be discolored, cleanings every 3 months will help keep the fibers from becoming damaged and give the carpet longer life. Commercial carpet cleaning is far cheaper than replacing it, so you’ll get a better return on your investment.

Residences

Talk to several people about how often to clean residential carpets, and you will get answers anywhere from once a month to hardly ever. While there is no “right” answer for everybody, there are a few guidelines you can go by in determining the right schedule for your home. First of all, carpets should never go more than a year without being cleaned. Allergens and mold can build up in carpets regardless of the amount of traffic and can cause health issues, particularly for children and the elderly.

More considerations as to when to clean home and commercial carpets:

  • Color: White, off-white and lighter colored carpets will require more frequent cleanings than darker colored carpets. For most “normal” homes with light colored carpet, it is recommended to clean 1 or 2 times a year. Darker-colored carpets will generally start to look lighter in high-traffic areas rather than darker and just based on how dirty the carpet looks you can get away with cleaning the carpet only once every couple of years. However, the carpet won’t actually be clean, and for the health reasons we mentioned earlier, it’s probably better to do it once a year at least.
  • Shoes: Not wearing shoes in your home can greatly extend the life of your carpet, as well as the time it remains looking clean. If you wear shoes in your home, it is recommended to have your home carpet cleaned at least twice a year as shoes grind dirt into the carpet faster and can damage the fibers quicker.
  • Assistive Devices: Walkers and wheelchairs are hard on carpets, even more so than shoes. If you have a person in your household that requires one of these options for mobility support, clean your carpets at a minimum of twice a year.
  • Sun: The sun’s rays have a powerful bleaching effect on everything they come into contact with, including your carpet. As a result, over time the portions of your carpet that see the sun will begin to look lighter. You may notice this more when you move furniture and see that the carpet underneath your couch looks darker than the surrounding carpet.

As you can see, there are many variables that come into play when talking about when to clean home and commercial carpets. Some may be a bit surprising, so if you’re ever in doubt, talk to one of our knowledgeable professionals here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver. We can help you take into account all the factors that impact your particular home or business and recommend a cleaning schedule that will keep your carpets healthy and clean.

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