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What Happens to Your Carpet If You Don’t Vacuum?

Carpet serves many beneficial purposes in your home, like providing warmth and comfort, reducing noise, adding style and design, and improving your indoor air quality. This means that proper care for cleaning and maintaining your carpet is very important. If you think that skipping vacuuming is an easy way to save you time and effort, think again! The Carpet and Rug Institute posits that proper vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean. Not vacuuming can lead to a dirty, unhealthy home, and it takes a major toll on your carpet! For a happy, healthy home, vacuuming is a necessity!

Still not convinced? Here’s exactly what happens to your carpet if you don’t vacuum.

Vacuuming works by removing all of the tiny particles, like pollen, dust, dead skin and pet dander that becomes interwoven in your carpet’s fibers. That trapped dust and dirt causes your carpet to appear dirty and unclean.

When you don’t vacuum, those particles accumulate and pile up; they may even get deeply embedded into your carpet’s fibers. This causes discoloration of your carpet, which will make your carpet always appear dirty! It’ll also cause your carpet to be unhealthy, since it’ll be a home for allergens that can get kicked into the air and trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.

Loose particles, when not removed, will not only discolor your carpet, but also wear it down quicker. When carpet is walked on, the dust and dirt trapped in the fibers can get shifted around and actually end up cutting and damaging the carpet fibers. This decreases the lifespan of your carpet, meaning you’ll  have to get it replaced earlier—and that gets costly.

Not vacuuming leads to your carpet getting worn away every time you walk on it. And when you think about how many times a day you or a family member walks across it, you might just be convinced to run out, buy a vacuum and use it non-stop (if you haven’t done so already!).

Lastly, if you don’t vacuum, your carpet can become infested with dust mites and become a potential health hazard. Every day millions of pieces of hair, fur, pet dander, bugs, bacteria, dust and other allergens fall and get trapped in your carpet. If left there, they’ll only multiply, increasing how dirty and germy your carpet really gets, especially if you have pets or kids who bring in germs from outside !

This buildup of dust, dirt and bacteria can be a significant health hazard for you and your family, and even more so if your family includes allergy and asthma sufferers.

If you don’t vacuum regularly, you’re potentially damaging your family’s health, your carpet and your home. Frequent vacuuming is the key to maintaining the carpet’s look and feel, lifespan, and healthiness. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends vacuuming high-traffic areas once a day, medium-traffic areas twice a week and low-traffic areas once a week. When you vacuum go over the area multiple times in different directions, don’t skimp out on the corners and crevices of each room. Vacuuming efficiently, frequently and effectively allows you to live happily in a healthy home—and with great carpet too!

How Often To Clean These 10 Home Items

When cleaning, there are the “regulars” that always show up, like dusting, vacuuming, sweeping — and you know just how often to do them. But what about the bigger things to clean, like windows or the oven? Do you know how often those should be cleaned? What about the toilet or the kitchen sink? To get a full and fresh cleaning, here are 10 things in your home and how often you should clean them—so now you know!

The Windows

Windows can definitely be a pain to clean, but when exposed to the elements of mother nature and messy pets, children or even adults inside, they need to be deep cleaned! Fortunately, this big task needs to be done only twice a year. Clean the inside and outside windows with a squeegee and cleaner or soapy water and a sponge.

The Bedding

For the bedding, this includes the whole set of things you sleep on and with—sheets, pillows, comforter, and the mattress. Sheets need to be washed about once a week and pillows every 3-6 months. If you have a comforter over the bed, wash that every 2-6 months and then vacuum/wipe your mattress every 6 months as well.

The Oven

Oftentimes the oven can be dirtier than expected, due to all the grease and grime from baked-on food and grease splatters. Every 6 months, wipe and clean out your oven, including the bottom, outside and racks. (Do spot clean when big stains or messes appear.)

Washer/Dryer

If you expect these machines to clean your dirty clothes, they themselves need to be clean! Once every 2-3 months, pour two cups of white vinegar into the washing machine and run on a regular cycle. For the dryer, vacuum out any loose lint (with the vacuum hose) and then wipe down the inside. Don’t forget to wipe down the outside of the appliances too!

The Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest places in your home—filled with bacteria, germs and gunk. Just think about all the old food that gets dumped into the sink! It’s vital to keep a your kitchen sink as sanitary as possible. Sinks need to be cleaned every single day with a cleaner and towel to wipe it down.

The Refrigerator

Because it’s the place you store food, refrigerators need to be kept clean. Once a week go through and toss out anything that has expired. Also, wipe down shelves, drawers, and any other storage bin, and wipe down the outside—especially the handles—with a cleaner.

The Toilet

The toilet is most likely nobody’s favorite thing to clean; however, it contains lots and lots of germs and bacteria. Clean toilets once a week by wiping down the exterior and using a toilet cleaner to clean the bowl and any other interior part of the toilet.

The Dishwasher

Despite the fact that the dishwasher runs to clean dirty dishes, the appliance itself needs to be cleaned. Dirt and grime from the dishes can get stuck and left in the appliance. To clean it, put a dishwasher-safe dish filled with a cup of white vinegar in the top rack and run the cycle. Do this once a month.

The Computer

Computers are capable of many amazing things, but one thing that’s not so amazing is the amount of dust, dirt, and bacteria living on the computer, especially the keyboard. You can clean computers as they are needed, which is generally every 1-2 weeks. To clean the screen, spray a solution (equal parts distilled water and white vinegar) onto a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the screen and any other smudges on the computer. For the keyboard, dip either a cotton swab or a cloth into rubbing alcohol and clean the areas on and around each key on the keyboard.

The Carpet

Carpets are magnets for dust and dirt particles, which can make for an unclean home. While you should be vacuuming regularly, deep cleaning your carpet is an important part of keeping your carpets in top-shape. Once a year, deep clean your carpet—by yourself or call a professional—in order to ensure a really nice, long-lasting clean.