Premature Carpet Wear

Have you ever wondered why a carpet that has a 10 year warranty tends to start thinning  real fast within the first 5 years.  Then before the 10 years are up, you are looking at changing the floors because of the looks?

There are many factors that causes this to happen in a home.  One of the many reasons for the premature wearing can be caused by loose sand and dirt that the household vacuum is not getting. People are used to seeing the vacuum commercials saying that the vacuum has so much suction that it can pick up bowling balls, steel b.b.s, and bald baby heads (don’t try, sorry for the bad joke). The cleaning ability of this machine is not determined by suction, but by airflow.  Airflow is the vehicle for the dirt to ride on in from the vacuum in order to get eliminated from the carpets. Once the bags and/or filters gets clogged from the sand and dirt, then there is a significant reduction in the airflow of the vacuum.  Then the machine can only get light fluffy filth, but leaves the sand at the base of the carpet where the traffic pattern starts thinning out.

My favorite expert advise for my customers is to do some simple routine maintenance on their vacuum.  If you only have a bag on your machine, then you might want to change that bag more often than used to.  Even the vacuum instruction manuals say that the bags become clogged way before it appears to be full.  If you have filters, then you should at least brush clean your filters after every time you use your vacuum (check your manual on suggested cleaning methods).  By the way, DYSON VACUUMS DO HAVE FILTERS THAT HAS TO BE CLEANED!

We have some customers that even though they have kids and pets, their carpets are at least 15 years old and looks newer than most people’s 3 year old carpet.  I’ve asked them what their secret was and they all said they clean their vacuum after every time they use it.  They don’t just dump the filth out of the container, but they clean the filters as well.

The other part we have noticed is how fast people are tossing their vacuums out to get a new one because of the excessive filth.  A good portion of customers are getting new vacuums on an annual basis.  It doesn’t matter if you get a $50 Dirt Devil from Wal-Mart or a $3,000 vacuum from a home salesman.  Once those bags/filters gets clogged, then you have very minimal cleaning ability.  Taking this advice of adding a simple routine maintenance step can simultaneously save you money and improve the overall health in your home.

Even when our technicians starts cleaning on the job, they always start with a pre-clean of the area.  That involves a high power vacuuming to ensure that all the loose sand and dirt is eliminated out of the carpets before using the cleaning compound.  During this stage of the pre-clean, we would be shutting our machine off quite often just to clean the filters. That is how we know we are doing a true restoration clean for our customers.  Our pre-clean is a very important step in our cleaning process.

Feel free to contact us anytime for other questions, comments, or suggestions.

Author: M. Don Snyder

Don is InstaDry's resident carpet cleaning guru. Years of experience allows him to hunt down and destroy dirt, traffic wear, spots and stains. He's never backed down from a carpet cleaning challenge, just try him....we dare you

9 thoughts on “Premature Carpet Wear”

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  2. That’s for your information and the opportuntiy to post a comment here on your website / blog. I appreciate your hard work and efforts to educate the public regarding cleaning.

  3. I have bought a very nice carpet when we had our travel to India ten years ago. The carpet was beautiful that is why I was so in love to buy it. However, today it is not so good to use anymore.

  4. Wow!! Amazing information on this great website. I’ve asked them what their secret was and they all said they clean their vacuum after every time they use it. They don’t just dump the filth out of the container, but they clean the filters as well. Thanks for sharing this article.

  5. I can’t believe how much of a mess my dog made. He spread mud all over the carpet and tile floor. I am going to have to hire someone to clean my carpet. I don’t think it is going to come out with just a rag and some cleaner.

  6. I understand what you meant by having a carpet wear out faster than the warranty. My mother bought a house with brand new carpets, and after only 6 years, there are signs of wear. I like what you talked about with vacuum maintenance, though, and how regular maintenance is good for both the carpet and the vacuum. I will pass that on to my mother and hope it helps her.

    1. People tend to forget that all tools needs some sort of maintenance. Proper maintenance will help keep everything work for a long time!

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