Cleaning your carpets can be an everyday occurrence depending on how much foot traffic you get. If you have a house full of pets and children running around, chances are your carpets get dirty very fast. If you live in an area that is prone to a lot of rain, expect much of what is outside to end up on your floors. In this case, it is definitely important to have your carpets cleaned on a regular basis. There are different types of cleaning depending on how your carpets look and the amount of wear and tear it has gone through. You don’t want to over clean your carpets with harsh chemicals in order to treat tough stains, rather your best bet is to clean them more often to avoid having to treat your carpets with a solution that might not be the healthiest. Many people opt to steam clean their carpets either by a professional or they do it themselves. With so many different types of steam cleaners on the market, plus you can rent them at your local big box retailer, if you have the time then it can save you some money. But it all depends on how much you will save doing it yourself because it can take a lot of time if you are inexperienced at using a steam cleaner. If you have a dog that sheds it is important to vacuum your carpets every day. Hair can easily accumulate on top than settle down towards the bottom. This ends up eroding the carpet fibers to the point where they end up making the carpet look really old and worn out. At this point you may as well replace the entire carpet because one the fibers begin to go, it is only a matter of time before the entire carpet suffers. Hiring a professional carpet cleaning service is always the best option since this is their job and they most likely have powerful tools on hand that will suck out all that grime that settles towards the bottom. It is the stuff we cannot see which creates mold and bacteria growth which causes the carpets to smell. You can smell moldy carpets the moment you walk into a room that has them, and it is not something that is pleasant. It is also embarrassing to have guests come over and your carpets smell. To avoid embarrassing situations with your carpet do yourself and at least run the vacuum over it on a daily basis. Be sure to set it correctly because too low of a setting and you could end up tearing the carpet fibers. You can also buy yourself a steam cleaner, one that isn’t a professional model but good enough that it will steam the carpets and prevent mold and bacteria growth. How often you clean your carpets is up to you and depends on your living situation. However, it can never hurt to clean them more often than not enough.