Experts share the best methods to care for your carpet, including smart vacuuming tactics,
removing carpet stains, and choosing an affordable vacuum.
By Berit Thorkelson
Vacuum Often — Where It Counts
Carpet functions like a giant air filter, collecting our home’s dirt and dust. Those two Ds act like fine sandpaper, wearing down carpet fibers over time, says Derek Christian, owner of My Maid Service and an IICRC-certified carpet-cleaning technician. Christian gives the go-ahead for skipping a weekly whole-home vacuum in favor of vacuuming high-traffic areas once a week or more. “By just quickly vacuuming the high-soil areas in the entries and toward the front of your home, you can add years to the life of your carpet,” he says.