Carpet Care: How Often Should I Vacuum?

I often get asked by clients and friends: How often should I vacuum? Well, here’s the answer.

It is recommended that under average household conditions (four people, one pet), a carpet should be vacuumed at least twice a week — once lightly, once thoroughly.

A light vacuuming means two to three forward and back overlapping passes of the machine in each of the high-traffic areas, with one pass in the low traffic areas.

Regular vacuuming is probably the single most helpful thing a person can do to maintain a carpet’s appearance. How often to vacuum depends on traffic, lifestyle, and where you live. The more people and pets living in a home means more vacuuming. If you live in a large city with a lot of dust and soot, you’ll vacuum more. Likewise, if you live near a beach or in dry, dusty areas, you’ll vacuum more.

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Who is Glenn Revere?

Glenn Revere has been a carpet expert since 1973. He’s a certified flooring inspector and the author of All About Carpets, the only book written to protect and inform you about your carpet choices, from carpet buying and carpet warranties to carpet care and maintenance. You can find him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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