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Just as the skin is the biggest organ to a body, carpets can be the biggest investment to a house or facility. Well-maintained carpets can easily last for more than two decades and can contribute to good health of the tenants or residents.

 

 

RECOMMENDED CLEANING FREQUENCY GUIDELINE FROM THE EPA*

 

 

Day Care Center

 

Nursing Homes

 

 

Residence

 

 

Office Building

 

Food Service

 

 

Commercial

 

 

 

Environment

 

 

2 persons, non smoking

2 persons with smoking

 

young children

 

young children w/ pets

 

ground floor

 

higher floors

Establishments

 

Normal

2 wks

1 mo.

6-12 mos.

4 mos.

6 mos.

3-6 mos.

3-6 mos.

6-12 mos.

1 mo.

3-6 mos.

Contaminated Outside Dusty

1 wk.

1 mo.

2 mos.

2 mos.

1 mo.

1 mo.

1-4 mos.

2-6 mos.

1 wk.

1 mo.

Extreme Cold Weather Climates

2 wks.

1 mo.

4-6 mos.

3 mos.

3 mos.

2 mos.

2-6 mos.

3-9 mos.

2 wks.

2 mos.

High Humidity Biogenic

1 wk.

1 wk.

4-6 mos.

4 mos.

3 mos.

2 mos.

2-6 mos.

3-9 mos.

2 wks.

2 mos.

This table is intended to serve as a guideline for recommended cleaning frequencies from a public health perspective. Originally published in a letter from the U.S. EPA, this schedule has been adopted as part of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification's (IICRC) Carpet Cleaning Standard S001-1991. Complete copies of the IICRC Carpet Cleaning Standard can be obtained by calling the Institute at 360-693-5675.