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How Often Should I Clean My Carpet

How Often Should I Clean My Carpet in Gainesville, FL?

This is a commonly asked question.  I have had people say that they have not had their carpets cleaned in 10 years or more because they have relied on myths and misconceptions about the need for regular maintenance. 

Here are the facts: Regular cleaning extends the life of your carpet and saves you the expense of prematurely replacing worn carpet.  Carpets cleaned on a regular basis provide a healthy, safe living environment for you and your family. At the same time, preventive maintenance will add years of life to one of the larger investments in your home.

So the question is, How often should carpets be cleaned to maximize their life cycle?  The answer depends on several factors.  The chart below is taken from the IICRC Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning.  The IICRC is a professional association that trains & monitors cleaning technicians throughout the United States. Its recommendations can assist you in answering this all-important question.


Traffic Soil Rating Carpet Owner / Maintainer Professional Carpet Cleaner / Restorer
  Vacuuming Spot Cleaning Heavy-Use Area Cleaning Restorative Cleaning
Light Soil 1x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 12 to 18 months Every 2 years or per manufacturer warranty.
Normal Soil
(Families With children, elderly).
1x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 6 to 12 months Annually
Heavy Soil
(Families With Pet and smoking)
2 to 4x per week Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic areas every 3 to 6 months Semi-Annually
(2 x Annually)
Extreme Conditions 
(Large Families, Multiple Pets).
Daily Daily or as soon as spots are noticed Traffic lanes every 2 - 3 months Quarterly
(4 x Annually)

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Trust Dreyer's to Address All of Your Carpet Cleaning Needs

According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IIRC), you should have your carpets cleaned AT LEAST ONCE PER YEAR in your heaviest traffic areas. Our IICRC-certified technicians from Dreyer's Carpet Care will be happy to help with your deep-cleaning needs or set up a regular maintenance schedule for your home or business in the Greater Gainesville, FL area. When you need our services, contact us online or give us a call at 352-289-8185.