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Are Vacuum Cleaners Damaging to Carpets?

Keeping your carpets in top shape can save you hundreds of dollars in avoiding replacement or maintenance fees. One concern some have is that their vacuum is actually damaging or pulling out the fabric of their carpet. This is often a larger concern for those what own long-fiber carpets or shag carpets. Owners will often find bits or small pieces of their carpet in their vacuum remnants and believe it is the vacuum itself that is causing the damage. Knowing what actually damages a carpet is as important as noticing the carpet is becoming damaged, and can save everyone the money and wasted time on concern

What is the Standard Vacuum?

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A standard or older-fashioned vacuum works with a tumbler fixed with brushes that pulls dirt and small debris out from underneath and within the fabric hairs. The turning horizontal column is the focus of concern, as people believe the vigorous motions of the turning brushes can cause harm to the fibers. This can very much be the case if your vacuum is set for a short-fiber rug when you have a shag carpet. The column can rub too harshly on the fibers and cause damage too them over time. Whoever, when set to the proper height to avoid direct damage, the fibers hardly become affected at all. More modern vacuums are more suction than actual brushing and thus cause even less damage. Automatic robotic vacuums do even less damage, as the column is often too small and soft to do any actual damage to the carpet.

How Often is Too Often?

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The reason for any concern is that the constant vacuuming may, over time, cause damage to the fibers and either fray them or pull them out of the carpet base itself. Most carpets, however, can handle multiple vacuuming passes per week and sustain little or no damage to them. Certainly, anything that is used more will sustain wear and tear quicker than something that is used more sparingly, but to vacuum once or twice a week is highly unlikely to do any damage to a well-crafted carpet.

What Else Can Cause Damage?

Instead of being concerned with cleanliness being your carpet’s downfall, owners should keep in mind that dirt and debris can actually do as much, if not more, damage than over-vacuuming of the carpet. When dirt and debris are allowed to sit in the carpet for long periods of time, they can “eat away” or do damage to the fibers and base of the carpet as they care mashed in. An in-maintained carpet actually has a higher chance of becoming overtly damaged and worn than one that is cleaned a bit too often.

For anyone that is concerned about his or her carpet, keep in mind that as with anything it is best to keep a temperate schedule. Cleaning often is better than not cleaning enough; but certainly, it is best not to go overboard. The Bottom line is your carpet will likely not be damaged by your vacuum.

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