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vacuuming secrets to success

There really is more to vacuuming than just plugging in the machine and giving your carpet the once over.

Regular vacuuming is hands down the best way to clean carpet and to increase the time between deep carpet cleanings.

To suck up all the dirt and dust hidden among the fibers requires a full 20 seconds or so of going back and forth over each area of the rug.

Issue those instructions to your kid, and you'll receive a resounding, "Boooooring!" Instead, ask your son or daughter to vacuum until you can see the letter of his or her first name in the carpet in a neat little pattern. 

Here's the best way to clean carpet so that you can get the dirty job done right  - and teach the kids to do the same.

use a vacuum with a rotating brush or beater bar.

The best way to clean carpet it to use a vacuum with a rotating brush or beater bar at least twice a week, more frequently in heavily trafficked areas. (Sorry!)

Pull the vacuum back and forth to get out embedded dirt in your carpet. Change vacuum bags often, and keep brushes clean.

make those carpet patterns show!

Here's how to teach the kids to leave those carpet or rug patterns - like the letter of his or her first name - that announce to the world: "I've just been cleaned!"

Pretend you're mowing the lawn. (This is a great job for the kids by the way. They love this stuff.) Divide the area into 3 or 4 foot visual strips, and tackle each strip with a back-and-forth motion.

Use the same technique for floors. (Although you won't, of course, get those pretty stripes that scream "I've just been cleaned!")

tips to keep carpet looking good and help it last longer:

Here's how to care for your carpet to keep it looking good between cleanings and help it last longer:

  • Keep drapes closed when you're not in the room to keep the carpet from fading.
  • Use coasters under furniture.
  • Don't roll or pull things directly across the carpet.
  • Be careful using strong chemicals near carpets.
  • Deep carpet cleaning is essential at least twice a year, more often if you have kids and pets or a dust-allergy sufferer in residence.

If your carpet has stains, however, the machine won't do much. These tips to removing common carpet stains can help.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the products and cleaning tools you need to keep your carpets looking their best!

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.