Replacing the carpet is not cheap. As such, you probably want your existing carpet to last as long as possible. One way to go about that is to make sure you clean your carpet—and also that you clean it in the right way. Here are some carpet cleaning tips that will extend the life of your carpet.

Keep up with vacuuming

Vacuuming is more important than you might realize. It removes dust and debris from the carpet before that dust and debris have a chance to work its way deeper into the carpet. This will not only help your carpet look cleaner. It will also prevent the deep-down layers of the carpet from becoming dirty. If those deeper layers were to get dirty, the grit of the dirt would increase friction between those fibers, which would increase wear and tear on the fibers over time. In other words, vacuuming more often keeps your carpet cleaner, and keeping it cleaner reduces friction that would age it prematurely.

Clean up spills right away

When you spill something, clean it up right away. If there is a cloth or towel nearby, immediately grab it and start blotting up the spill. Focus on using up and down blotting motions rather than scrubbing motions. Once you have absorbed a lot of liquid into the cloth, you can apply a carpet cleaner or a stain remover, let it sit, and then soak that up. If you act quickly, your carpet is less likely to stain, and you'll also have to use less scrubbing to clean up the stain, which is better for the carpet.

Have it professionally cleaned

Have your carpet professionally cleaned about once a year. If it's a high-traffic area or you have pets, you might even want to do it every six months. Professional carpet cleaning equipment is fairly gentle on the carpet and relies on suction to remove grime. It also does a good job of cleaning deeper down where dirt can cause the most wear and tear. Most carpet cleaning companies offer deals if you have multiple rooms cleaned at the same time, so it's usually pretty affordable to keep all of the carpets in your home on a regular cleaning schedule.

If you want your carpet to last longer, you need to keep it cleaner. Vacuum more often, have it professionally cleaned, and clean up spills as soon as they happen.

Contact a local carpet cleaning service to learn more.