Rugs and carpets take a beating, especially in high-traffic areas of your home. Every home is different, so how do you know when it’s time to get your rug professionally cleaned? The simple answer is that most rugs need to be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months, but certain factors and lifestyles move that marker one way or the other. 

Homes With Pets

If you have pets at home, especially the sort that regularly goes outside and comes back in, you’ll need to spend a bit more time cleaning and maintaining your rugs. Pets track around all kinds of things, from pollen to mud, that work their way into your rug. Accidents happen, too, and pet stains set in quickly. If you have pets at home, get your rugs professionally cleaned closer to the six-month mark. 

Homes With Kids 

Like pets, young kids are prone to certain types of messes. Spills, dirt, food, and certain types of toys all spell trouble for your rug. Expect to clean your rug every six to twelve months if you have little ones running around. 

High Traffic Areas 

Rugs in high-traffic areas (like the living room or frequently used hallways) will need frequent cleaning, especially if people regularly wear shoes inside. Expect to clean high-traffic rugs every twelve months or less, especially if they begin showing visible signs of staining or odor

Allergy Concerns

If someone in the household is prone to allergies, or multiple people seem to be dealing with them, it’s probably time to clean your rugs and upholstery. Dust, pollen, and other allergens settle into rugs more than you might expect. Professional cleaning can offer some relief. Do it as necessary, but get a professional at least once a year. 

When Is It Okay to Wait? 

There are a few instances where you can wait a bit longer than the recommended 12-18 months, such as: 

  • The rug is in an infrequently used room
  • You deep clean regularly

If your rug meets those conditions, you’re likely safe to wait longer than 18 months. It still requires professional cleaning eventually, however, or you risk shortening the lifespan of your rug. 

Final Thoughts

Professional rug cleaning comes with plenty of benefits. Your rug will last longer and be more visually appealing, your home will smell better, and the air and environment will be healthier. Make a quick call and get your rugs professionally cleaned by Green-Gen Carpet and Fine Rug Cleaning. It’s worth it!

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