As many children get out of school we find ourselves changing our daily routines. The house is going to have more traffic, plus it is summertime and we will be outside. This tempts many people to hold off on the carpet cleaning till after the summer, but this can be a costly mistake, you see dirt is an abrasive, which means it causes tiny scratches to the surface of the carpet fibers. These scratches do not reflect light quite the same way as a smooth surface would giving your carpet a duller look. The best thing to do is have your carpets cleaned right before school gets out, and vacuum the heavy traffic areas daily, this will suck up most the loose sharp dirt particles that can damage your carpet.
If you can see dirt on top of the carpet it is past time to clean the carpets, you see the dirt works it's way down into the fibers and hides, then more dirt deposits on top of that. After a while you start to see it at the surface, this is past the time to clean and you may be damaging your carpets and shortening the life. CRISIS CLEANING vs. REGULAR CLEANINGS
Vacuuming is the single biggest thing you can do to prolong the life of your carpets. Hot water extracting is the best and safest way to clean carpets with no left over residue to attract dirt. Be sure your carpet cleaner is certified otherwise you may void your carpet warranty.