How often should you vacuum your carpet?

How often should you vacuum your carpet?

Carpeting remains one of the top choices in floor coverings. It offers much versatility in colour and style. It also provides warmth, comfort, and easy walking. It is easier when a child falls onto carpeting versus hardwood, tile or cement. However, with carpeting comes the fact that it will hold onto dust, debris, bacteria, microorganisms, pet dander, pollen, food particles, and other items. That means vacuuming the carpeting more frequently than you would sweep a hardwood floor. Luckily, there is a range of vacuum cleaners in Ottawa to choose from that will make cleaning your carpets easier. Most people wonder how frequent that cleaning should be. Actually, it will vary depending on quite a few factors. 

What to consider when planning your vacuuming schedule.

Amount of Traffic

A great deal depends on the activity in the household. A single person will not generate as much foot traffic as a family with several children and pets. It also depends on the number of visitors the household receives. If the home is used as an office, you can expect some additional adults and possibly children coming through.

The longer dust, debris, or a spot or stain remains in carpeting, the less likely it is that you will be successful in removing it. 

For an average household, you should vacuum high-traffic areas like stairs, living areas, bedrooms, and hallways at least twice per week. For areas like guest rooms or areas that are shut off for some reason, you can deal with them only once per week.


If you have pets, you need to up your game. It will, of course, depend on the number of pets, whether they are indoor or outdoor, and the amount that they will shed. For a home with one or two indoor cats, you can plan on vacuuming every other or every third day. For a house with several dogs or cats that are allowed outside, you should plan on vacuuming daily. This will help reduce the amount of pet hair and dander and improve air quality for everyone in the house.


Choosing the right vacuum can also pose questions. When you discuss this with a dealer, you may realize it takes a quality vacuum to handle the tasks. In fact, you may want more than one depending on the layout of your home. Many will have different settings for carpets and hard surfaces. These allow you to set high for thick piled rugs or low for hardwood or tile. Some other choices include:


Easy to store and relatively easy to operate. These are fine for large areas. Many come with disposable debris bags.


These have greater suction power than uprights and maneuver easier on stairs. They can also reach into smaller spaces more efficiently since the attachment is connected to a hose.


This is a compact sweeper that is lightweight and good for quick pick-up.


This is another good choice for spot cleaning.


Not nearly as powerful as others, but it is excellent for a daily sweep of the main living area. They have the added advantage of taking care of the chore while you are away, and it takes no effort on your part.

Central Vacuums

Central Vacuums are the most powerful vacuums on the market. They are installed in the home using vents into which a hose is inserted, and with attachments, you can clean an entire room—no dealing with power cords. The debris goes directly into a central unit away from the house's main part, usually in the garage, basement or utility room.

Find the best vacuum cleaner for your carpet.

The frequency of carpet vacuuming may come as a surprise. If you have carpet in your house, you'll want a reliable vacuum that can endure the strain and constant usage. A good vacuum should have enough suction to remove dirt and debris from your carpet fibres without damaging the delicate material.

Where to find the ideal vacuum?

If you are considering buying a new vacuum cleaner in Ottawa, check out Vacuum Parts Canada. We are experts in vacuum cleaners, vacuum accessories and a range of vacuum parts and will be able to help you find the ideal cleaner for your carpet's needs. Contact us for more information.

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