How often you vacuum usually depends on several dictating factors: how many people live in your home, if you have pets, if you have children, if you or anyone in your home has allergies or asthma, and how important a clean home is to you. (We all know the person who couldn’t care less about the pile of dirty dishes in the sink; chances are, they’re not too concerned with the appearance of their carpet, either!)
How Vacuuming Helps
According to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), vacuuming is “the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean. Regular vacuuming can also have the largest impact on the air you breathe.” Think about it: if you have wall-to-wall carpeting, then there’s carpet fiber under every inch of that space, collecting every bit of dust, dirt, pet hair, pet dander, and dead skin flake that falls to the floor. Even if you can’t see it, it’s there…and there’s a good chance you might notice the smell. Carpet is notorious for holding onto odor as well, like from cooking or pets.
An article in the Huffington Post says that vacuuming is “the easiest way to keep carpets and rugs clean….” For high-traffic areas or if you’re a pet owner, you might consider vacuuming certain spots daily (depending on how much dirt you see — and just think about all the dirt you can’t see!). Regular vacuuming helps eliminate dirt and grit, which, if left in your carpet, can wear down the fibers, making it look stained, greasy or worn out before its time.
TheFamilyHandyman.com describes dirt like this: “Dirt is like thousands of little blades that cut carpet fibers. When you walk across a dirty carpet, you grind sharp dirt particles against the yarn, making tiny nicks in the fibers. All that fuzz mixed in with the dirt in your vacuum cleaner bags is your beautiful carpet headed out the door one bag at a time. When dirt scratches the fibers, it dulls the sheen, which is why high-traffic areas appear duller than the rest of the carpet. Over time, grinding dirt wears away the fibers too, which mats them down and makes them stain more easily.”
Smart Vacuuming Techniques
The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends some helpful tips when it comes to getting — and keeping — your carpets in top condition.
- A quick once-over won’t clean as deeply; slow and steady does the trick!
- Don’t ignore corners and crevices where dust can build up
- “Top down” cleaning saves you the step of vacuuming again after dusting. Dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture surfaces first and then vacuum away any fallen dust.
- Replace or empty vacuum bags when they’re half to two-thirds full
How Much Vacuuming Is Recommended?
The CRI recommends the following schedule for maintaining your carpet’s cleanliness and appearance:
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