How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?
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Even if you don't have any mishaps, you should always have your carpet thoroughly cleaned every 6 to 18 months. There are many professional carpet cleaning services such as Cleancare, or you can rent a steam carpet cleaner. They are usually available at your supermarket. If you decide to do it yourself rather than hire a pro, you need to keep a few things in mind. • Make sure the cleaning equipment you choose has enough vacuum power to allow the carpet to dry in 6 to 12 hours or you may risk damage from getting it too wet.• Use fans or a dehumidifier to expedite drying time after cleaning. Be aware that if your carpet is wet for more than 24 hours, you risk mildew and bacteria growth. • Choose a cleaning solution that has a pH of 10 or less, and make sure you remove all detergent after cleaning. • Double-check your warranty. Carpets with stain resistance must be cleaned with products formulated for them or you risk impairing their effectiveness and voiding your warranty.