Cleaning carpet involves spot cleaning, vacuuming, and deep cleaning. To spot clean a spill on carpet, be sure to blot the spilled liquid. Do not scrub or agitate the carpet, as you could be spreading the mess around even more. And, be sure to blot from the outside in. Using hot water to clean is effective, but if the stain is stubborn, use detergent sparingly. If the spot doesn't come out after that, you can saturate it with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for an hour before blotting with a dry, white cloth.
Vacuuming is an easy, weekly task you can do to keep your carpet looking new. However, using the wrong vacuum can damage your carpet and cause the fibers to fray and lose their softness. A vacuum with large wheels, great suction, and adjustable height is your best bet. Using a beater brush or bar works for some carpets if it does not rotate too deep in the carpet. The bristles are designed to loosen dirt and debris stuck deep in the carpet fibers. Still, they should only be used with certain carpets. Premium soft carpets will last longer if you use a vacuum like Soniclean’s KSC-7500. This vacuum was made for soft carpets and instead of a beater bar that could fray and damage the fibers, it uses vibration and excellent suction to free dirt and particles from deep in your carpet.
Deep cleaning your carpet should be done once a year. Hiring a professional is always the best bet as they know how to work with specific carpet types and have the best equipment for carpet cleaning. Most professionals use a method called hot water extraction, which is also known as steam cleaning. Without the use of cleaning detergents, there is no residue left behind after this process. Hot water is flushed into your carpet and then suctioned back up, bringing along any dirt or particles with it. Always check your carpet's warranty and care tips to make sure you aren't doing anything to void your warranty.