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Of all the furnishings in your home, your carpeting experiences the most accumulation of dust, allergens, bacteria, pet hair, pet urine and other pollutants which can cause unhealthy conditions in your home. There is no doubt that a clean carpet is an important part of a healthy home. Therefore, it is very important to keep the carpet clean and well-maintained.

For best results the carpet in an average home should be professionally cleaned by an expert carpet cleaner once or twice a year, depending on the number of pets, children, and the amount of foot traffic in your home. In addition, homeowners should make sure to vacuum the carpet at least once a week between professional cleanings.

For more specifics on how often to have your carpets professionally cleaned, click to read this article:
How Often to have your Carpets professionally Cleaned

A periodic professional deep cleaning by an experienced expert with top-quality equipment is really the only way to effectively eliminate trapped oils, allergens, dust mites, and unhealthy debris from deep down in your carpet.

You can easily see the dust that accumulates on furniture and other hard surfaces, so you might dust your furniture a few times a week. But you usually don't see the pollutants that accumulate in your carpet until the colors start to look dull and the high traffic areas start to look matted down.

But as a professional cleaner, I see the huge amount of dirt that comes up out of carpets at every job — even when it doesn't look so bad on the surface, and even when the residents vacuum regularly.

What is in that dark cloud of dirt? The usual suspects — dirt dragged in by shoes and feet, and the dust that settles on everything in your home. But there are other sources you may not have thought of — cooking oil particles become airborne and settle in your carpeting — the dust from air conditioners — not just skin cells — also settles in carpets — then the dust mites move in and thrive.

Then the pollutants and allergens get kicked up into the air just from daily walking on the carpeting. These pollutants stay in the the air for hours before they settle back to the floor. Needless to say, when pollutants are in the the air, they end up in our respiratory system.

Regular vacuuming definitely helps. I recommend that you vacuum at least once a week to get most of the surface dirt, and I highly recommend using a vacuum with a HEPA filter that will trap even the microscopic pollutants. But vacuuming cannot get the oils, dust mites, and pollutants that accumulate deeper down in the carpet.

A periodic expert deep cleaning by an experienced professional is really the only way to effectively eliminate trapped oils, allergens, dust mites, and other debris from deep down in your carpet. I use professional techniques and safe, effective solutions; plus state-of-the-art equipment that uses pressure to superheat water to 235 degrees Fahrenheit! This higher temperature is more effective at sanitizing your carpet and killing dust mites. And it's perfectly safe for your carpets. In fact, the carpet manufactures recommend it. They use even hotter temperatures during the manufacturing and coloring processes.

By keeping your carpet properly maintained and having it professionally cleaned at least once a year, you can increase the beauty and longevity of your carpet and protect your investment — but most importantly, you can maintain a clean and healthy home.

Josh Almanza

If you have any questions about this article, or anything related to cleaning carpet, upholstery, tile and grout, and maintaining a healthy home, please feel free to give me a call, and let's talk!

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