Let’s face it – carpeting for a house is a major expense. It is an even bigger one for an entire managed community. For many, deep cleaning their carpet is often in response to a spill or an ornery pet. While this can restore the appearance of a room, it may not have much of an impact on the longevity of the carpet itself. If neglected or cared for improperly, this expense can quickly end up on the shoulders of the property manager, even just a few years after construction is complete. However, if regularly cleaned and vacuumed, it is not unrealistic to expect carpet to last for 10 to 15 years.

Vacuuming regularly is the easiest way for property managers and tenants to preserve the life of their carpet. As dirt and dust build up on carpet fibers, they attract even more dirt and dust. Pretty soon, you are walking on a breeding ground for bacteria and allergens. Now consider the kids and pets who come into close contact with this carpet daily and you’re got a recipe for stuffy noses, breathing problems or worse.

Regular, professional carpet cleaning does not only remove dirt and stains, but the high-grade cleaning products professionals have access to will eradicate bacteria and restore the fiber structure. The result is not only a clean-looking carpet, but one a carpet devoid of germs and is just as soft as the day it was installed.

Be forewarned, however, not all cleaning services maintain professional credentials that ensure their ability to identify all the different carpet fibers and the proper cleaning methods for each of them. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the official body for certifying restoration contractors in everything from carpet cleaning to mold and smoke remediation. Contractors like Palace Restoration retain certifications for their firms and technicians that require training on all current regulations, cleaning methods and carpet types.

While the cost of professional carpet cleaning may at first seem like a lot to swallow, consider the cost of replacing that same carpet every five years. Now multiply it by however many buildings are in your community. Protecting your carpet investment is an investment in a clean, healthy community everyone.