How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?

How often to vacuum, spot-clean, and deep clean? Let’s ask the experts.

Wooden floors and tiles might be all the rage, and easy to clean — but some of us still like the luxury of soft carpet under our feet. Naturally, we want to keep this floor covering in tip-top condition, and looking its best. It is, therefore, important to know how often to clean carpet.

Vacuuming might be something you do quite regularly. We’d also like to hope you tackle spots and stains as they happen. But did you realize that many carpet manufacturers recommend regularly cleaning your carpets professionally to maintain your warranty?

Then you have to consider the number of people in your home. Don’t forget to add children and fur babies into the equation! Let’s now look at how often your carpets might need cleaning.


The first step in keeping your carpet clean is vacuuming. Your vacuum dislodges dirt and dust, then sucks it up out of your carpet (1). This can help prevent the fibers from being worn away or looking dull and lackluster.

High traffic areas, such as entrances, might need vacuuming two to four times a week. The rest of your carpets, however, depending on the dynamics of your home, can be vacuumed once or twice a week.

It’s common sense really: if you live alone, then you won’t need to vacuum as often as a family of eight with children and pets.


Dust and dirt can cause more damage rubbing against your carpet fibers than vacuuming can (2).

We understand you might see it as a chore to get out of the way, but take your time vacuuming. Speed is not of the essence here. For a vacuum to do its work and beat out the dust and dirt, work slowly.

Spot Cleaning

It happens — you spill a glass of wine, the kids trample mud in, your furry friends have accidents. Clean these mishaps up as soon as they happen.

You can use spray carpet cleaning shampoos and solutions. Pop some on a clean cloth and blot the stain. Work inwards towards the center of the stain, so you don’t spread it even further.

Rinse the cleaner off with a damp, clean cloth and then stack some paper towels on it. This will absorb any remaining moisture.

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Professional Cleaning

It’s a good idea to get in the professionals to clean your carpet, but how often?

While there are no time frames set in stone, we have some recommendations and considerations:

  • Single households or those with little foot traffic: You can generally get away with a professional clean every couple of years. On the other hand, a large family with kids in the mix might need a deep clean every nine to 12 months. After all, no matter how many times you tell them, children forget to take their shoes off. And they don’t always tell you when they spill stuff, do they?
  • Smokers: If you have smokers in the home, you might want to clean your carpet more often — around every six months.
  • Pet parents: Then we come to your beloved fur babies. A home with pets could also need a specialist clean every six months or so. Apart from the accidents they might have, there is the dander and fur that gets into your carpet. Unfortunately, vacuuming alone can’t always get rid of all the shedding.

You can also look into renting or purchasing a carpet cleaner or steam cleaner with a carpet attachment. It’s a matter of using your judgment as to when to call in the big guns. There is an exception to this rule which we have mentioned — a carpet warranty.

Watch Out For Warranties

Make sure you check any requirements your manufacturer’s state for your carpet warranty and stick to it. Also, keep records of the cleans, so you have them should you ever need to make a claim.

Cleaning Up

Now we have answered your question of how often to clean carpet, you can make sure yours look good for years to come.

Vacuum regularly, clean up spills and accidents, and schedule that deep clean, so you don’t forget about it. Don’t wait until your carpet looks way past its best and you have to buy a new one.

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About the Author

Amy Anthony

Amy is a stay-at-home-mom, seasoned writer, and a home cleaning and organization aficionado. Amy enjoys having an absolutely spotless home and has worked hard to develop strategies to keep it that way, despite having 2 kids and 3 dogs!