How often should house carpets be cleaned?

Updated: Nov 7

You know you want your carpets cleaned regularly. But how often should they be professionally steam cleaned? Read more to find out.


Before we can really dig into how often the carpets in a home should be steam cleaned, here are 5 quick tips you want to do between cleanings to keep your carpets in their best condition.


Tip #1 Take off your shoes

It's amazing (and a little scary) how much you can bring into your home from the debris on the bottom of your shoes.


Tip #2 Regular Vacuuming (at least once a week)

The more often you vacuum, the less debris brought in from the outside world has a chance to work it's way down into the fibers and to the carpet pad.


Tip #3 Deal with new stains immediately

You have the best odds of reduced staining when you are able to address new stains soon after they happen.

Tip #4 Open interior doors when possible

This helps reduce or eliminate stains around your doors called filtration lines. The dust and dirt in your air can get caught in your carpet fibers when trying to move under doors with the airflow moving around your home.

We talk more about these tips here.


If well maintained, professionally steam clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months is all you need.


Even the best kept homes accumulate dirt, skin cells, dog hair, food crumbs and dust mites. It’s the reality of every home that’s lived in (and even those that aren’t!).


Professional steam cleaning your carpets using hot water extraction is the most effective way to get the deep dirt out. Many people ask how long until you can walk on carpet after cleaning. It depends on the thickness of your carpet, your inside temperature and air flow. An average of 6-12 hours is pretty normal.


Steam cleaning is also the only method recognized by carpet manufacturers to uphold the original warranty and required as yearly maintenance.


If not maintained (because life happens, no judgement here), professionally steam clean your carpets every 9-12 months


At Mr. Steam Carpet Cleaning we are a family owned company with 4 sons and an 85 lb dog. We more than understand life happens. Sometimes life happens so fast and it leaves you wondering when the last time you actually vacuumed was.


We all go through those seasons.


If this is the season of life you are currently in, we recommend a professional carpet cleaning more often, usually every 9 - 12 months. There is a lot that accumulates in the carpet over the days and weeks. Dead skin cells, dust mite dander, and tiny particles bought in from the outside world are just a few.


Professional cleaning your carpets using plant based products will improve the quality of the air in your home and help support building a strong immune system.