Can You Vacuum Every Day and Ruin Carpet?

Could Your Vacuum Ruin Your Carpet?

Close-up of vacuum cleaner cleaning carpet
Vstock LLC / Getty Images

Most of us don't vacuum every day but prefer to run the vacuum regularly. Regardless of how often you vacuum, you may wonder if it could be damaging to your carpet.

Vacuum cleaners keep our carpets clean. Why do some people say that vacuum cleaners actually damage carpet fibers? Are vacuum cleaners bad for carpets?

Vacuum Every Day, or Every Few Days?

The argument here is that a rotating beater bar/brush pulls, stretches, and wears out carpet fibers.

Is that true? Somewhat. In reality, dirt has more of a wear-and-tear effect on carpet than most vacuum cleaners.

That being said, it is possible to overwork your carpet. If your vacuum cleaner has multiple settings that let you customize surfaces, you shouldn't be vacuuming your carpet on the bare floor setting. Save it for the bare floors, like the vacuum instructions indicate.

Does your vacuum have height settings? That can affect how it cleans or wears on the carpet. If it is set too low, you may damage the carpet or damage the vacuum's roller brush and drive belt. A vacuum set too high, on the other hand, won't pick up dirt as well. If you are not sure how high or low you are vacuuming, turn it on at the highest setting. Then lower it until you can feel the vacuum tugging at the carpet. 

Consumers get a little freaked out when they see carpet fluff in the dust bins of their vacuum cleaners.

That means that the vacuum is destroying your carpet fibers and slowly removing them, right? Not really. Overall, carpets can stand to be vacuumed several times a week without sustaining damage. Leaving dirt in a carpet, however, actually breaks down  underneath the carpet fibers. It also creates a breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria.

 

Carpets sustain much less damage from regular vacuuming than they do from dirt left in the carpet. You may not want or need to vacuum every day, but frequent vacuuming is still the best way to keep your home clean. For general carpet protection, run your vacuum over high-traffic areas of a space about twice a week. You don't' have to vacuum every day unless necessary. The rest of the carpet can be vacuumed weekly. Remember that dirt will attract dirt, and frequent vacuuming is key to reduce the buildup. 

Protecting Your Carpet

To protect your carpet, vacuum entrance areas, and high-traffic areas twice a week and the rest of the carpeting at least weekly. Oily soils attract oily soils, and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup.

If you're concerned about carpet getting ruined, purchase and apply a carpet protecting spray, which can be applied easily. Check this, however, if your carpet is under any warranty because sometimes adding products on the carpet could void that warranty.