Keeping a house looking great is no easy task. This is particularly true when you have carpet that seems to constantly get dirty and need cleaning all the time. While it is always a good idea to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year (but frequency really depends on your individual living conditions), there are a few things that you can do to help keep your carpet looking good in between your cleanings:
1. Leave Your Shoes at the Door.
There are all sorts of things on your shoes. After all, you walk on them all day, so you could potentially step in dirt, mud, dog poop, and everything in between. So, when you come home at the end of the day, you drag all of that inside of your home and onto your carpet. Instead of doing this, purchase a mat to place at your front door to put your shoes on when you get home. You could have a pair of slippers there to slip your feet into to wear around your house so that you don't have to go barefoot.
2. Make Sure to Vacuum on a Regular Basis.
Vacuuming is one of the best defenses against the premature wear of your carpet. For carpet that gets a significant amount of foot traffic, you will want to vacuum it more regularly than rooms with carpet that do not get used as often. When using your vacuum, try to empty the canister or change the bag before it actually gets full so that dust doesn't enter the air and get back onto the carpet. If you notice any debris that has got into the brushes, make sure to remove them because they can make the vacuum belt work twice as hard. Also, to help keep the vacuum dust-free, wipe it down with some warm water and dish detergent or white vinegar. Don't forget to keep an eye on the hose to keep obstructions from blocking airflow.
3. Prepare a Kit of Carpet Cleaning Supplies.
You never know when a spill may occur on your carpet. When it does, you want to be able to grab exactly what you need and get back to the spill to clean it up immediately. You can't do this if all of your carpet cleaning supplies are scattered here and there throughout the house. To remedy this, prepare a kit of supplies that are appropriate for cleaning up carpet spills and keep it handy. You will want to have a dry carpet cleaner and/or a liquid carpet cleaner, lint-free rags, a plastic scraper (sometimes you need to scrape the cleaner off the carpet without rubbing it in after letting it set) and a soft-bristled brush (to brush your carpet fibers back into their proper place).