According to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study, carpet actually helps to clean out the air in our homes and offices. The carpet acts as a filter, trapping soils, gasses and pollutants such as pet and human dander, pollen and even air pollution. This is great since nearly every American home has wall to wall carpet installed in one or more areas.
Despite this study, some people still believe that carpet is bad for indoor air quality. Properly maintained carpets actually improve indoor air quality. The key to keeping the air in your home healthy is to have a maintenance routine for your carpet.
EPA Guidelines for Cleaning
Periodic professional carpet cleaning is a major part of eliminating contaminants that build up over time and maintaining satisfactory air quality. Confused about how often you should have your carpets cleaned? The EPA is there to help with some basic guidelines for a total carpet maintenance plan based on your lifestyle and usage.
- In a two person non smoking home, the EPA recommends that carpets are cleaned every 6 – 12 months. If you smoke, the carpets should be cleaned every 4 months.
- If you have kids or pets, carpets should be cleaned at least every 3-6 months. If you live in a very contaminated or dusty area, the recommendation is every month.
While this may seem a little excessive, remember the source of these recommendations is the Environmental Protection Agency. These recommendations are based on cleaning for health, not simply appearance.
Looking Dirty vs. Being Dirty
Carpet is designed to hide soil, so it can hold a lot of dirt before it begins to look “dirty”. Unseen contaminants build up in a carpet over time to the point where they may have a negative effect on the occupants. The key is to avoid letting the carpet get to the point where this happens.
Maintaining Your Carpet between Cleanings
These guidelines are just that, a guide. There are things you can do to reduce the frequency of professional cleaning. First, make sure you vacuum often; the more the better. Also be prompt about cleaning up spot and spills. Use doormats at entrances. Don’t wear street shoes in the house.
Regardless of how neat and tidy you are, there comes a time when you need professional carpet cleaning. Call B/P Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning to schedule your next cleaning. Your family will breathe easier and your carpets will look better and last longer!