Vacuuming and Cleaning Extends the Life of Your Carpet The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends that homeowners get their carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year (more often if they have children or pets). However, like anything else in your home, it’s worthwhile to take a few preventative measures between cleanings to extend the life of your carpet. It’s a lot easier (and cheaper!) to maintain your carpet than replace in completely. Here are five ways vacuuming and cleaning your carpets will help keep them looking new and dirt free between professional steam cleanings: 1. Vacuum your carpets at least twice per week (more often if you have children or pets) to prevent dirt from settling in the carpet. Walking on dirt that’s settled into the base of the carpet fibers causes the appearance of “traffic lanes” and worn areas. Whether you are working in high traffic or low traffic rooms, change the vacuuming direction occasionally to help stand the pile upright and reduce matting. 2. An inexpensive vacuum cleaner may remove surface dirt but will not as effectively remove dirt and particles embedded in the pile. Instead, use a high-quality, upright vacuum cleaner with a reel-type brush. Be sure to test your vacuum in an inconspicuous location (like under the couch) to make sure it doesn't produce excessive “fuzzing” or that the carpet threads get wrapped around the rotating brush, which will shorten the life of both your vacuum and carpet. 3. If your vacuum appears to be losing efficiency, check the belt that drives the brush. A broken or worn belt can have a major impact on how well your vacuum cleaner works on both carpet and hard wood floors. Also keep in mind that after the bag is about 1/2 full, vacuum cleaner efficiency is also greatly reduced, so be sure to empty/change your vacuum bags as needed. If you recently purchased a new carpet, you might need to change you vacuum bag more frequently as many fibers that aren’t removed during the manufacturing process are now getting removed by your vacuum. 4. Place removable mats (easily washed off outside or in the washing machine) at every entrance to your home to prevent soil, dirt, mud and more from being tracked inside and ground into your carpets. 5. Most spills can be removed if quickly taken care of. The longer a spill stays on the carpet, the greater the chance that permanent damage (like a stain) will take place. If you accidentally spill something on your carpet, be sure to clean it up quickly. These are just 5 easy ways vacuuming and cleaning can help extend the life of your carpet. Since carpets are a hefty investment for most homeowners, these preventative measures are well worth your time. About the Author TotalVac (http://www.totalvac.com/) carries over 45 brands of vacuum cleaners and vacuum cleaner parts. They also carry electric shaver parts, humidifier filters, small appliances, and appliance parts. TotalVac.com has both bag-less and bagged vacuum cleaners and carry models that clean not only carpet but wood floors and tile too. TotalVac carries over 5,000 different vacuum cleaner parts, supplies, and products on their website including Kirby vacuum parts, Rainbow vacuum parts, Eureka vacuum cleaner parts, and others.