The habit of taking your shoes off and even asking your visitors to do the same before entering the house can go a long way in keeping the carpet clean for a longer period. This reduces the amount of dirt and debris that comes in contact with the carpet. It is also a good practice to keep dirt and other particles from being grounded further into the carpet. A vacuum cleaner should be used at least once a week, or if possible, once a day. The frequency depends on many factors such as the traffic inside the house. Using the vacuum cleaner to remove dirt from your carpet is efficient because it can remove even the small pieces of dirt such as leaves, grass, pollen, dander, soil and food that may have come from outside and have been stuck on the fabric.
Spilling fluids and staining the carpet is hard to avoid. If this happens, a mixture of dish soap and hot water can be used to remove the stains especially if it has not dried yet. You just have to dab on the stained part of the carpet with a clean towel soaked with the water mixture. If this is not enough to clean it, there are other commercially available products that may be purchased to remove the spilled fluid or food. However, it is important to test the cleaning product on a small inconspicuous area of the carpet to see if discoloration would occur.
Regular carpet cleaning must be made at least once a year, or in some cases, twice a year. An inexpensive method of doing this would be renting a carpet cleaning tool or machine and conducting the clean up by yourself. There are guides and instructions included with the machine. Be sure to read and follow this. It is also important to use the shampoo or cleaning solution that is appropriate for the cleaning machine.