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User Question of the Week: How often should I steam clean my carpets?

Depending on whom you ask, you will get different answers for this question. Some will say steam clean the carpet once every six months, others once per year, once every twelve to eighteen months, and every twenty-four months. These answers could all be correct, depending on the conditions one’s carpet is exposed to.

Foot traffic and how often the carpet is vacuumed are the main factors effecting the frequency of the carpet cleaning. So, how often the carpet should be professionally steam cleaned depends more on carpet foot traffic and how often it’s vacuumed more than the time.

Vacuuming removes soil particles from the carpet, helping prevent soil accumulation, and thus keeping the carpet clean longer. All things equal, a carpet that’s not vacuumed regularly will need to be steam cleaned sooner than a carpet that’s regularly vacuumed. There is no set standard for how often to vacuum, but a manufacturer, Shaw Industries, recommends to “vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.” (haha, we apologize if that particular recommendation didn’t provide clarity, but we hope you get the point, which is to vacuum as much as possible. 😊)

Also, carpets with high volume traffic may need to be cleaned more regularly than a carpet which gets very little traffic at all, because more soil particles are being deposited on the carpet and the carpet is being exposed to more natural wear. The easiest test of whether the carpet needs steam cleaning is if you see soil accumulation. If you vacuum regularly and your carpet does not get much foot traffic, Shaw Industries recommends steam cleaning the carpet once every twenty-four months minimum.

So, in summary, you should vacuum the carpet as much as possible, professionally steam clean the carpet as soon as it looks like it needs it, or definitely once every twenty-four months.

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Professional Carpet Restoration LLC
Based on 13 Reviews
Jacqueline S.
Jacqueline S.
2020-05-31 16:23:33
A seamless experience; the company responded within hours of my inquiry and were on-site the following day. Great service, quick, efficient, friendly. I... read more
T'sara N.
T'sara N.
2020-03-19 16:35:55
I have a puppy that has separation anxiety. One day he decided to rip the carpet up right in front of my door. I contacted PCR and was able to get someone... read more
Doc M.
Doc M.
2020-02-15 13:45:49
Nick and Everett provided an absolutely professional service that took nearly 18 months of stains and deep-seated grime out of my carpet. They were... read more
Bev P.
Bev P.
2020-02-15 08:15:29
Nicholas arrived today to clean my sofa/futon. It looks SO GOOD, like *brand new*!Also, Nicholas was kind and explained the process to me.Thank you! read more
Chemarin F.
Chemarin F.
2019-12-03 12:16:09
Professional and prompt! Got same day service on two large area rugs for an affordable price (for a 10x9 and 9x7 rug). Ask for Nick. Turns out he's a Marine... read more
Raquel J.
Raquel J.
2019-10-26 19:08:20
Great service and very nice stuff!I had to change twice the date of the rug cleaning and they were super nice and accommodating about it, they did a great... read more
Maria S.
Maria S.
2019-09-05 14:07:19
We were in desperate need of a carpet cleaner for 3 out of 4 levels of our townhouse. We have 3 small dogs, one of which we're still house training, so... read more
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We are family owned and operated since 2008. Our family has done this work for over 25 years. We began offering steam carpet cleaning in Alexandria Virginia in 2008, as well as Water Damage Restoration; ever since then, we have continued to grow and offer a diverse set of services. We now offer House Cleaning, a.k.a Maid cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, drywall repairs and painting in alexandria va and the general DMV area. Our goal is to always provide top quality work every time, and to be able to form a personal relationship with you. If we ever provide a service that is not up to your standard, we will return and fix the issue for free. Don't take our word for it, see what your neighbors are saying on Yelp, Google, Angie's List, Facebook, and HouseCall. Also see the apartment property managements we work with, odds are we may already work with your property management. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. You made us who we are. Thank You.

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