Victoria BC: Residential Carpet Cleaning Frequency Chart


Did you know that according to the Institute of Inspection , Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) you should have your carpets cleaned  AT LEAST 1 TIME PER YEAR depending on the amount of traffic . The IICRC is a professional association that trains & monitors cleaning technicians throughout North America. To help you decide how often your carpets need to be cleaned, I have included a graph from the IICRC S100 Standards. These standards provide the guidelines used by the Carpet Industry to give your carpet the longest life possible.

Cleaning Frequency Guidelinesfrom the IICRC Standard for Carpet Cleaning S001-1991

. Traffic Soil



Carpet Owner/Maintainer

Professional Carpet Cleaner/Restorer


Spot Cleaning

Heavy-Use Area


Restorative Cleaning

Light Soil

1 time per week

Daily or as soon as the spots are noticed.


Traffic areas every 12-18 months

Every 2 years per manufacturer


Normal Soil

(Families with children, elderly)

1 to 2 times per week

Daily or as soon as the spots are noticed

Traffic areas every 6 to `12 months


Heavy Soil

(Families with pets, smoking)

2 to 4 times per week

Daily or as soon as the spots are noticed

Traffic area every 3 to 6 months


(2 times annually)

Extreme Conditions

 (large families, multiple pets)


Daily or as soon as the spots are noticed

Traffic lanes every 2 to 3 months


(4 times annually


What do we recommend?

There's no doubt that regular, professional cleanings benefit both you and your carpet.  Removing unwanted contaminates from your carpet promotes a healthier indoor environment.  Properly maintaining your carpet prolongs its useful life.  We can help you determine how often you should clean your carpets during your cleaning visit.  Here are a few tips.


o   Clean your carpet sooner rather than later.  Soil buried in your carpet acts like an abrasive, accelerating the wear of face yarns, and soils are much harder to remove when they've been ground in over an extended period of time.

o   Vacuum regularly, especially in front of exterior doors where soils can accumulate.

o   Clean up spills when they happen.

o   Use products intended for use on carpets only.  Try water or carbonated water first.

o   Properly performed cleaning, even frequent cleaning, does not damage your carpet nor will it cause your carpet to soil more quickly.

o   ALWAYS consult a professional if you have questions about the care of your carpet.

Victoria Carpet Care is happy to provide our Carpet, Upholstery and Area Rug Cleaning Services to all of Greater Victoria, Sooke, Metchosin, Langford, Colwood, Saanich, View Royal, Esquimalt, Cordova Bay, Fairfield and Oak Bay.

Our Victoria Carpet Care Cleaning Specialists are more than happy to answer any of your carpet care questions! Call Victoria Carpet Care at 250-474-7777 for a FREE evaluation on your cleaning needs.