Carpet cleaning guide

How often should you clean your carpet?

Almost everyone you know owns a carpet. Just like humans, all carpets are different. How you treat one carpet is not how you treat the other.

I understand Ugandans love suffering and hate luxury but if you can afford a Vacuum Cleaner, please buy one. It’ll save you a lot of money in cleaning costs.

According to the IICRC, a non-profit certification standard developed by organizations in the cleaning, inspection and restoration industries, there are many factors to consider when determining the frequency of cleaning a carpet such as traffic, pets in the house and much more. 


If you have pets, children, coloured carpets or people with allergies in your house, you may need to double the cleaning costs. 

Here are a few factors to consider if you’re wondering how often you should clean your carpet. 


Light carpets can brighten a room, but can also highlight dirt and stains. This means that they need to be professionally cleaned more often than darker carpets. 

If you have a colored carpet, keep cleaning and wait until you have no stains or the carpet looks clean. Being at the top of your cleaning schedule gives your carpet the chance to look radiant for years to come.    

To get the most out of your carpet, vacuum it every week and wash it every twelve to 18 months. Just be careful not to shampoo and saturate your carpet and not to overdo it with harmful chemicals.    

How is the traffic in your house?

When it comes to simple vacuum cleaning, the family carpet should be vacuumed at least once a week. If your house has a lot of people this definitely increases the number of feet on the carpet.

For low traffic homes, vacuuming your house once a week and cleaning a deep carpet every 12-18 months will keep your carpet in good shape. If your house has medium traffic, let’s say, a small family with two children, a vacuum cleaner once or twice a week and a thorough carpet cleaning every 6-12 months is enough.    

Do you have pets or people with allergies?

Muddy paw prints, loose hair and accidents (like spilling coffee on your carpet)   are the worst enemies of carpets.  

You should take that into account when cleaning your carpet. 

Vacuum your carpet once a week to remove hair loss and tiny stains on your pets “skin and stick to the carpet.    

In homes with pets, allergy sufferers or people with respiratory problems, the carpet should be cleaned every six months, if not more than once a year. 

If you have a family member with chronic allergies, you should clean your carpet regularly to relieve recurrent symptoms.

The Smokers

If you smoke tobacco at home and smoke indoors, it is important to clean your carpets every three months and at least six months in homes with moderate to light smokers.    


To ensure that your carpet receives the tender love and care it deserves, hire a professional cleaner to wash it once a year. 

To ensure that you do your best to keep the carpet fibers healthy, they deserve solid care. Professional steam cleaning is a proven method to keep your carpet healthy.

Thorough cleaning of your rugs and carpets maintains their condition by removing fine deposits and large dirt particles from the floor so that they look new and smell fresh. 

There are many different factors that determine how often you should clean your carpet. In general, it is best to have the carpet cleaned at least once a year.    

If you need more information or you just need a professional carpet cleaner, call Tegeka on +256 770 367 161 or +256 702 627 557. 

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