If you have carpet in your home, you need to have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Even if you vacuum it often and rent a rug cleaner yourself, carpeting needs to be cleaned with commercial equipment to get out deep dirt. Here's why cleaning your carpets regularly is so important.

Prolongs The Life Of Your Carpet

Your carpet will last a lot longer with regular professional cleaning. That's because deep dirt is hard on the carpet fibers. When there is grit in the carpet and you walk on it, you grind the grit against the fibers and break them down. Vacuuming only gets dirt off the surface because home machines aren't powerful enough to pull up debris that is ground into the carpet. Commercial equipment has powerful suctioning abilities that ensures as much dirt as possible is worked loose from the fibers so your carpet is clean and damaged less when you walk on it. The longer you go between professional cleaning, the more damage that's done to your carpet. It's best to establish a schedule for carpet cleaning with the frequency depending on the number of people and pets in your home and your lifestyle.

Gets Rid Of Allergens

The downside of carpet is that it holds allergens. Unlike hardwood or stone floors that can be swept and mopped, carpet is more difficult to clean. Plus, the nap of carpet is perfect for capturing and holding onto pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. If anyone in your home has allergies or asthma, you'll want to have your carpets cleaned often to keep allergy symptoms at bay. If you don't, the only solution may be to remove the carpet from your home.

Keeps The Color Uniform

Certain areas of your carpet get more foot traffic than others. Carpet near an entrance door is used heavily and receives the most wear and tear because dirt is tracked in from outside. With time, you'll notice your carpet's color and texture appear different depending on where you look. The areas that get little wear still look like new, while the areas in hallways and near the entrance look dark and worn. Regular cleaning with focus on high-traffic areas keeps your entire carpet looking new so the color and nap are uniform in appearance.

Reduces Odors

If you have pets, it doesn't take long for carpet to smell like them. Even if you don't have pets, carpet can pick up odors from smelly feet and dirty laundry. What's worse is the odor from dampness and mildew that often sets in after using a rented machine that can't extract all the water. A professional carpet cleaner has cleaning products that eliminate odor, even from pet stains. When your carpet smells good, your entire house smells fresh. Plus, the equipment that's used pulls nearly all of the water back out so the carpet dries fast before it has a chance to develop mildew odors.

Carpet cleaning prolongs the life of your carpet, so it is worth the cost. Plus, it keeps your home looking clean and smelling fresh. The process doesn't take very long and you can usually walk on your carpet soon after it's cleaned, so you aren't inconvenienced.