Recently a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study revealed that indoor carpeting is the largest filter in our homes and helps to filter the air we breathe and helps with indoor air quality. The trapping effects of carpeting can help filter oils, gasses, dirt, dust mites, pollen, and other contaminants. This is excellent news since “nearly” every home in America has at least one room that has wall-to-wall carpeting or an area rug.
Despite this study, some people still believe that carpet is bad for indoor air quality and causes problems such as allergies and asthma which is false unless you simply don’t maintain your carpeting. The key to keeping the air in your home healthy is to have a maintenance routine for your carpet and area rugs.
Periodic professional cleaning is a significant part of an effective carpet and air quality maintenance routine and eliminating the contaminants that build up over time. Of course, every household has its unique combination of factors such as environment, number of occupants, children, pets, and smoking or non-smoking, etc. that will dictate how often to have the carpeting cleaned.
So how often should you have your carpeting cleaned?
Fortunately, the EPA is there to help with some basic guidelines for a complete carpet maintenance plan based on the kind of use your carpet receives.
In a home with two to four people that do not smoke, the EPA recommends that you have your carpets cleaned every 9-12 months, more often if you have a particularly dusty outside environment or an extraordinarily humid or cold environment.
If you smoke, you should have your carpets cleaned every six months as the carpet’s fibers filter nicotine and other harmful gasses that stick to its fibers.
Offices, restaurants, nursing homes, and daycare centers should be cleaned and sanitized every month or so.
A five to six occupant home should have the carpeting cleaned every 9-12 months as well and if there area smokers, every six months.
You should also be aware that ALL major carpet manufacturers dictate when their carpeting should be cleaned if you want to protect the warranty of the carpeting.
Tru-Clean Surface Care not only cleans carpeting, but we can also apply an antimicrobial shield designed to last up to 90 days that will eliminate over 70+ strain of viruses and bacteria including Listeria, Salmonella, athletes foot, Staphlococcus, and Klebbieslla Pneumoniato to name a few.
The EPA recommends a carpet cleaning schedule based on health and not simply appearance.
Carpeting is designed to hold and filter dirt and other contaminates before looking “dirty.” Unseen contaminates build up on carpeting over time to the point where they have a negative effect on the occupants of the structure, especially those with underdeveloped, sensitive, or compromised immune systems. The key is to avoid allowing the carpet to get to the point where this happens. Even the most powerful vacuum cleaners in the world can not remove oils, liquid stains tracked in on the bottom of your shoes, or anything dried within the carpet fibers, etc.
Regardless of how neat and tidy you are, there comes a time when you need a professional carpet cleaning.
Tru-Clean Surface Care is an award-winning carpet, tile, and upholstery cleaning company, and we can help improve indoor air quality while delivering fresh-clean carpeting and upholstery using allergen-free cleaning solutions.
Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the international Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI). We are also A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and a seven-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.
For more information about Tru-Clean Surface Care and the services we offer, please visit us online at www.TruCleanSurfaceCare.com or call us anytime at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.