Did you know that according to the Institute of Inspection , Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) you should have your carpets cleaned AT LEAST 1 TIME PER YEAR depending on the amount of traffic . The IICRC is a professional association that trains & monitors cleaning technicians throughout North America. To help you decide how often your carpets need to be cleaned, I have included a graph from the IICRC S100 Standards. These standards provide the guidelines used by the Carpet Industry to give your carpet the longest life possible.
|Cleaning Frequency Guidelines
From the IICRC Standard for Carpet Cleaning S001-1991
|Traffic Soil Rating||Carpet Owner/Maintainer||Professional Carpet Cleaner/Restorer|
|Vacuuming||Spot Cleaning||Heavy-Use AreaCleaning||Restorative Cleaning|
|Light Soil||1 time per week||Daily or as soon as the spots are noticed.||Traffic areas every 12-18 months||Every 2 years per manufacturerwarranty|
|Normal Soil(Families with children, elderly)||1 to 2 times per week||Daily or as soon as the spots are noticed||Traffic areas every 6 to `12 months||Annually|
|Heavy Soil(Families with pets, smoking)||2 to 4 times per week||Daily or as soon as the spots are noticed||Traffic area every 3 to 6 months||Semi-annually(2 times annually)|
|Extreme Conditions (large families, multiple pets)||Daily||Daily or as soon as the spots are noticed||Traffic lanes every 2 to 3 months||Quarterly(4 times annually|
|This table is intended to serve as a guideline for recommended cleaning frequencies from a public health perspective. Originally published in a letter from the U.S. EPA, this schedule has been adopted as part of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) Carpet Cleaning Standard S001-1991. Complete copies of the IICRC Carpet Cleaning Standard can be obtained by calling the Institute at 360-693-5675. (From: U.S. EPA Letter, January, 1989)|
There’s no doubt that regular, professional cleanings benefit both you and your carpet. Removing unwanted contaminates from your carpet promotes a healthier indoor environment. Properly maintaining your carpet prolongs its useful life. We can help you determine how often you should clean your carpets during your cleaning visit.