Preparing Your Carpets for a New Baby

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When you’ve got a new baby on the way there is a ton of preparation that goes into getting your household ready for its newest member. One thing that often gets left off the list is making sure your carpets are clean and safe for a baby to be crawling around on. It may be sometime before your little one is crawling around the house, but it’ll be sooner than you think.

Why is it Important to Clean my Carpets?

Carpets can harbor all sorts of harmful bacteria, dust mites, and allergens that can cause health problems for adults, and even more so for a baby’s weaker immune system. Dirty carpets can cause rashes, allergy issues, and in serious cases asthma. Obviously, you want to make sure that your home is a clean, safe space for your baby, which is why a professional carpet cleaning should make it on your list for new baby preparation.

One of the best things about having your carpets professionally cleaned is the fact that you don’t really have to do anything other than schedule the appointment. Most carpet cleaning companies will take care of moving furniture and any other prep, and you can relax and let them take care of business.

A deep cleaning from a company like Curtice Chem-Dry, will eliminate allergens, dust mites, pet dander, ground in dirt, and stains from your carpets, making your home look and smell fabulous in addition to making it safer and healthier for you and your family. Make sure you choose a company that uses certified non-toxic cleaning solutions to ensure that your carpet is safe for your new baby. Chem-Dry is one of the leading brands that provides non-toxic, green certified carpet cleaning services that are completely safe for children and pets alike.

How Often Should I Get My Carpets Cleaned?

Of course carpet cleaning falls into a long list of other tasks that need to be completed in preparation for a new baby, but it remains one of the more important items on the list. The cost of a professional carpet cleaning is much less than the costs of pediatric bills to take care of rashes or asthma down the line, not to mention it will make your home significantly healthier for you as well. Since babies spend a lot of their first couple years in close contact with the floor, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and schedule cleaning appointments well in advance to make sure you’re up to date on your carpet cleaning.

Most companies recommend getting your carpets cleaned once every 6 months or so, but you could probably get away with every 10-12 months, it just depends on how many family members, pets, etc. you have in your home. If you host parties frequently, you might want to have them cleaned more often. If it’s just you and your significant other, and you are relatively clean, you could probably space them out a little more. It all just depends on your situation.

How Does it Work?

You may be asking yourself, “Why can’t I just vacuum regularly and get the same effects?” which is a reasonable question to have, especially after looking at the price of a professional carpet cleaning. The truth is, a standard consumer vacuum cleaner simply doesn’t have the suction necessary to really clean your floors. They pick up surface debris and larger crumbs and stuff, but when it comes to getting all of the ground in allergens, dirt, and dust, it just can’t compete with commercially rated cleaning equipment.

Most carpet cleaning companies use some sort of solution, in addition to stronger vacuum equipment, that breaks down any bacteria and allergens in your carpets and brings them to the surface where they can be whisked away by powerful suction. That means your carpets will take some time to dry, but many companies like Chem-Dry boast short dry times of a few hours.


In short, you want to make sure your house is as healthy as possible for your new baby. Babies are complicated enough to take care of without having the extra stress of infant allergies or a mysterious rash from crawling on the carpet. Do yourself a favor and schedule a carpet cleaning shortly before your due date to ensure that your carpets are safe from day 1. It’s as easy as picking up the phone and calling your local carpet cleaner to get a quote, and then they’ll take care of the rest! Now you just have the rest of your preparation to do list to worry about.