Carpets act as a large filter. They can have a direct effect on air quality and overall health. As with any filter cleaning and maintenance is required. Regular proper vacuuming can remove up to 90% of the pollutants. Carpet manufacturers recommend a professional cleaning every 6 to 12 months depending on traffic and soils tracked in. Professional cleaning removes the remaining contaminants that damage the fibers over time. In addition, odor removal and reapplying protector can make your carpets last a lifetime.