The answer is none, according to a new study.
The research, conducted by the UK carpet cleaning brand, Lomax, found that the average cost of carpet cleaning is about £3.25 per sq ft and that the cost of cleaning carpettas is about $20 per sq. ft.
However, when it comes to low-quality carpets, the researchers found that there was no evidence of an effect on costs.
“We found no evidence that cleaning low-value carpets has a significant impact on cost,” Dr Andrew McVey, lead author of the study, said.
“There was no increase in cost or a decrease in quality.”
Cost per sqft of carpet is more important than cost per sq metre to customers as they would be more likely to use less expensive carpeting than expensive carpets costing more.
“The cost per square metre of carpet in terms of cost per day of carpeting is significantly higher than the cost per metre,” Dr McVee said.
“It’s more important to make the choice between low- and high-quality carpet than it is to make a choice between cheap carpets and high quality carpets.”
A study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that carpeting used in carpets could be significantly less harmful to the environment than other carpeting.
“Carpets are a major source of greenhouse gases,” Dr Matthew Bamber, a professor at the University of Queensland and lead author on the study said.
The study found that an average 1.5sqm of carpet has a CO2 equivalent of over 5.7 tonnes.
“If you remove the cost and the CO2 emissions from the process and the waste, the carbon footprint for a 1.3sqm carpet is less than that of a 3sqm home.”
“This is the key message of this study,” Dr Bamber said.
This study found carpet cleaning was associated with a lower carbon footprint than other types of carpets.
“This study shows that carpet cleaning and carpet products can reduce the CO 2 emissions of homes and businesses,” Dr McDougall said.