A few quick questions (and you don’t have to answer out loud):  how often do you wash your bed linens? Do you wait to wash them until they are visibly soiled? Would you want guests to sleep on sheets that had not been laundered for a few months or even years? We’re not here to judge, but if you’re like most of us, you wash your sheets on a fairly regular basis. If you’re expecting visitors, putting “fresh” sheets on the guest bed are an important part of preparing for company. We know that the fibers in our sheets can hold sweat, skin, and other stuff too gross to mention–even though we might not be able to visibly see it. However, we tend to forget that our carpets are also made up of fibers, and often put off having them cleaned until they are visibly stained and hold a collection of dirt, odors and who-knows-what-else.

Why should I clean my carpets when they already look clean?

Like any fabric item that gets regular use in your home, your carpet requires cleaning BEFORE it looks dirty to ensure that it leads a long and healthy life. The normal hustle and bustle of your family can take a toll on your carpet. Most homes should have carpets cleaned a minimum of once a year. If your family is made up of children, pets, and/or you entertain frequently, a professional cleaning every 6 months will greatly extend the life of your carpet.

Having your carpets cleaned before they are visibly soiled allows for the best deep-clean of your carpets. Much the way that a stained shirt requires extra steps and might not be restored to its former beauty, allowing carpets to become stained and excessively dirty before professionally cleaning them can lead to permanent damage of the fibers. Staying on top of your carpet cleaning schedule will minimized set-in stains, as well as keep your carpet from showing gray “pathways” in high-traffic areas due to damage.

While most homes now have stain-resistant carpeting, stain-resistant does not mean stain-proof. Over time the stain resistant properties of your carpet will wear down. Having your carpets professionally treated on a regular basis will renew the ability of your carpet to withstand accidents, drips and spills. Having your carpets cleaned regularly can also help eliminate micro-organisms from things like dust mites, food particles, soil, pollen and bacteria. This improves the overall air quality of your home–helping you to maintain a healthier environment for your family year-round.

How can I maintain my carpets and keep them spotless between cleanings?

While regular carpet cleaning by professionals is necessary to ensure your carpet leads a long and healthy life, additional care and maintenance on your part can go a long way. Proper care and maintenance of your carpet will extend its useful life and preserve its appearance longer. Failure to maintain proper care will result in premature wear. Additionally, clean carpets contribute to a healthy indoor environment.

The normal hustle and bustle of everyday life can take its toll on your carpet. To keep yours looking its best between professional cleanings, vacuum heavy traffic areas two to three times a week, and the rest of your carpet once a week. Using indoor and outdoor mats at each entrance can reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your home. Be sure to clean these periodically to ensure their utmost effectiveness.

Invest now, save for the future!

You spend so much money on what you put into your home: furniture, home decor, lighting and accessories. Commit to making an investment twice a year to maintain your soft flooring, and you will reap the rewards of long-lasting carpet and a healthier home for your family. If you’re ready to start maintaining your investment, instead of just treating the stains, it’s time to give Brody’s Dry a call! Give us a ring at (816) 895-7000 or just click HERE to schedule your free cleaning estimate.