How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?

Gladys K. Connelly
As a HouseKeeping Technical Writer, Gladys actively enjoys writing guides and tips about housekeeping for Thehousewire's audience. She's a housekeeping specialist with just shy of 9 years' experience to boast. That, combined with seven years prior experience in teaching, helps her create content that is both captivating and insightful.
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Updated December 20, 2020

This is my ultimate guide on how frequently you should clean your carnet.

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll cover:

  • the numbers of time you should clean your carpets,
  • the factors that influence how frequently you should clean it.

Let’s get started.

Factors Affecting How Frequently to Clean Your Carpets

Factors Affecting How Frequently to Clean Your Carpets

Take into account the following aspects to determine the frequency of your carpet needs washing.


Carpets and kids have a special kind of bond. Kids are known to spill and spatters.

And whether its fruit juice or muddy footsteps, I find it challenging to keep my carpet looking fresh and clean at all times.

Moreover, my kids usually spend much time playing on the carpet.

  • So, as a parent, I always make sure you clean the high-traffic area of your carpet every 6-12 months.
  • Plus, I recommend you get your whole carpet cleaned by professional carpet cleaners at least once every year.


If you own pets like me and allow them on the carpet, you must clean your carpets on a daily basis. 

So yeah…to optimally clean the hair of my dogs and cats, I bought the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair. It allows me to vacuum the house every day effortlessly.

Besides tracking dirt into the house, my pets can also urinate and vomit on your carpet. Things like these don’t only lead to nasty stains, but also create tremendously horrible smells.

Luckily, when I clean my carpet frequently, I can neutralize the smells and stains caused by my pets.

  • So to sum up: daily cleaning if you have pets
  • Also, I recommend hiring a professional carpet cleaner to wash your carpet twice a year.

3.Carpet Warranty

If you get a new carpet, it most likely comes with a warranty. 

In fact: several carpet makers demand the buyers follow a particular cleaning routine to keep their carpet warranty in effect.

For example, my manufacturer requires that I have my carpet cleaned by a specialized carpet cleaner at least once every year.

However, to be on the safe side, take a look at your carpet warranty requirement.

Moreover, you may be required to save receipts when cleaning your carpets, in the instance, a warranty issue arise.

This will allow you to record that you strictly follow the instructions for cleaning frequency and proper care.

  • In short: check your warranty
  • A cleaning routine and a professional cleaning may be required to stay covered

4.Carpet Color

Carpets that are lighter in color, for instance, can genuinely illuminate your room. 

And I love them. But there is only one problem:  it is infamous for showing stains and dirt.

Needless to say, I need a more frequent professional cleaning if I am to maintain the appearance of my light-colored carpet. Put another way:  with a darker carpet, you require lesser cleaning.

However, frequently cleaning your light-colored carpet isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Usually, light-colored carpets allow me to notice an increasing level of stain and dirt quickly.

And this helps me know when the time is right for thorough cleaning.

  • Like me, I recommend you to clean your light-colored carpet at least once a month.


Carpet fibers act as a filter that collects allergens and dust. And with time, these allergens can accumulate in your carpet fibers. 

Allowing these particles to build-up can make them airborne again anytime you or other else walk across the carpet.

Therefore, only deep cleaning can remove these allergy-inducing particles to restore a healthy living condition.

So, if you or any member of your family have chronic allergies, you must regularly clean your carpet to lessen the recurring symptoms.

  • Do you have anyone in the family with allergies? If you do, then you need to clean your carpet once a week. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets Based on Cleaning Criteria

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets Based on Cleaning Criteria

The general rule of appropriate carpet cleaning is to vacuum your rug at least once a week and have it done professionally at least once every year.

  • For parts with heavy foot traffics or households with pets, kids, and someone with allergies, I recommend vacuuming your carpets anywhere between 3-7 times a week and have it cleaned thoroughly every 3-6 months.


Your first line of defense against any dirt and stained carpet is vacuuming. 

So, it is important you vacuum right and regularly so that your carpet can last longer. Ensure you move your vacuum gently back and forth, make recurring passes instead of going over an area once.

Overall, vacuuming help removes loose dirt before they leach into the carpet’s fabric. Coupled with, you can go longer between thorough professional cleanings.

  • Vacuum twice a week, if you have an average household.

2.Spot Cleaning

For any serious issues like my kids trampling mud in or spilling a glass of wine, I treat the mess immediately.

And in case the stain is stubborn and wouldn’t go away, then I call a professional cleaner.

Besides, I recommend that you don’t allow a small stain void your carpet warranty.

So you must take care of the stains immediately to preserve the longevity of your carpet and warranty coverage.

  • For spot cleaning, immediate action is the key.

3.Professional Cleaning

Frequently cleaning your carpet plays a significant role in safeguarding the health of your house, especially if you have allergies, kids, or pets. 

And while you will be able to use a vacuum to clean lots of debris and dirt, you should hire a professional carpet cleaner to keep your carpet looking fresh and new for years to come.

Here’s the deal: a professional carpet cleaner will use a commercial-grade carpet cleaner solution. Its equipment allows to penetrate deeper than any vacuum and make sure your carpet feels and looks great again.

  • For professional cleaning, you can plan to clean your carpet once a year.

Now It’s Your Turn…

I hope you enjoyed my guide on how often you should clean your carpet. 

Now I would like to hear from you: when is the last time you got your carpet clean?

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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