by Karen Bates
(last updated December 26, 2011)
The flooring in your home can really take a beating over time. With people walking over it all the time, it's no wonder that dirt and stains brought in on shoes and spills from various sources can turn a beautiful carpet into a dull and dingy sight.
Your home's carpet can have a huge impact on the overall look of the interior. The kind of carpet, color, texture, and other aspects can all contribute to a specific decorating style. Although you might not think about it, your carpet contributes to the look of your home.
But what should you do if your carpet begins to look worn out? You may consider replacing it, but this can be an expensive endeavor. Fortunately, even the dirtiest carpet fibers can usually be cleaned as long as you go about it using the right methods. With a little effort and the correct tools, you can transform your carpet from filthy to like new.
Cleaning your carpet can be an easy process. Consider the following steps when you are preparing to clean the carpet:
Remember that a vital part of keeping carpet clean is prevention. Stop dirt from settling into the fibers by vacuuming, and clean up spills as soon as possible after they occur. Deep-cleaning the carpet once a year or so is a good idea, but it can be expensive to do often.
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