How Often Should You Vacuum a House?


Vacuuming your house is one chore that will go a long way to help keep your family healthy along with keeping your house clean. Vacuuming picks up all the dirt on the carpet as well as preventing particles from getting in the air and causing allergies. To keep carpets at their best, vacuum as often as necessary, depending on the amount of traffic that the carpet receives in a day.

High-traffic Areas

  • In areas of high traffic, it may be necessary to vacuum more often than you would an area that receives less foot traffic. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends vacuuming high-traffic areas at least twice a week to keep your carpets clean. Perform quick cleanups of dry spills as they occur, using a hand-held vacuum, to limit the time needed for weekly vacuuming. In areas with less traffic; such as the bedrooms or a home office, vacuum at least once a week.

Professional Cleaning

  • Homeowners should consider getting their carpets professionally vacuumed and cleaned at least once or twice a year, depending on the amount of traffic. A professional cleaning company will have vacuums and cleaning equipment that are more expensive and will pick up more pressed-in dirt than an ordinary vacuum can, due to better suction. There is also the added benefit of being able to get the carpets shampooed or steam-cleaned at the same time.

New Carpets

  • When you have new carpets, sometimes loose fibers shed everywhere, causing you to track these fibers all over the house. When you get a new carpet installed, vacuum immediately to pick up any stray fibers, then vacuum every day until you no longer notice any stray fibers. Once this occurs, start vacuuming once or twice a week as needed.


  • In areas with high traffic from children and pets, vacuuming may need to occur more often, especially in areas where a lot of shedding occurs. Constant maintenance at regular intervals adds life to your carpets and keeps them newer longer, according to The Carpet and Rug Institute. Vacuum prior to any carpet cleaning, whether the cleaning is done by yourself or by a professional cleaning company.

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