Imagine you spend thousands of dollars on a product that you use every single day. It’s a no-brainer to maintain it, right? The first thing that might come to mind is a car or computer. But what you may not immediately realize is that the rugs and carpeting in your home are used just as (and perhaps more frequently) as your car or computer.
We change the oil in our cars and protect our computers with virus software and device insurance. We even routinely maintain other systems in the home, like changing the filter for our furnace or getting our A/C checked. This is just part of the homeowner checklist to protect a costly investment that would be a hassle to replace. And it’s widely known that routine maintenance pays off in the long run when it comes to items of value.
These same principles apply to the carpeting and rugs in your home. Yet many people are not taking the proper steps to maintain this investment and ensure it lasts as long as possible. Just like car tune-ups, maintenance will extend the life of your carpeting and rugs. In fact, having your carpet and rugs professionally cleaned regularly can significantly improve the likelihood of them lasting. And it doesn’t take complicated math to realize that the more frequently you have to replace something, the more it costs you.
Why should I maintain my carpet and rugs?
Carpet, if well maintained, can last 15-20 years or more, and high-quality rugs can last hundreds of years. In many cases, homeowners go through a long process of choosing just the right carpet and rugs. They factor in budget, the style of the décor, their lifestyle, and the feel and look of the fibers. After all this time, effort, and money is spent to create the perfect look for the home, it makes sense to take the same care in keeping it up.
Another factor to consider is the warranty on the carpet. If something goes wrong, you may have to show that you have held up your end of the deal by following the terms of the warranty and taking care of the carpet as instructed. So not only will proper maintenance help keep your carpet looking good, but it will also provide peace of mind in case something happens that would cause your warranty to kick in.
Frequency of Maintenance
So how often should you get your carpet cleaned? Typically you should consider a cleaning every 6-18 months, and the exact time frame depends on your lifestyle. If you have a full house and/or pets, you probably want to go with the 6-12 month range. For rugs, the general guidelines for cleaning are between 1 and 10 years. Your best bet is to go with a professional cleaning service that will assess the situation and provide you with reminders to help you schedule cleanings at the proper intervals.
Another advantage of using a professional cleaning service is that they’ll often help you in between these routine cleanings if you are in need of emergency spot-cleaning. At Master Cleaners, service is our top priority, so we want to make sure you’re feeling confident and proud of your carpet and rugs and that they are in tip-top shape at all times.
So consider getting your carpet and rugs on a routine maintenance schedule the same way you do for your car. It may cost you some throughout the years, but in the end, it could mean big savings if you can prolong the life of these assets.