If you are in the market for a good vacuum cleaner, then it is really best to get something that is durable and will last a long time. We love Kirby vacuums, and there are a few others out there too because they have a lifetime warranty. One feature that makes the Kirby vacuums so long-lasting is that their internal parts are mostly metal, more so than other brands. It’s not unusual to find people who have a Kirby vacuum cleaner that they purchased over 20 years ago, or longer. They can brag nonstop about how they haven’t had a minutes worth of trouble with their Kirby. That is the kind of craftsmanship that is just not around much these days. Hence, this is what we recommend you buy if you have the means to do so.


The first step before you do any cleaning of your carpet, such as shampooing, is to vacuum the carpets thoroughly. The kind of carpets you have don’t matter. This is just solid best practices for taking proper care of your carpet. If you don’t bother to vacuum first, before you shampoo, your rugs will turn out worse looking than they did before you shampooed. The process that shampooers follow to clean your carpet are the reason not vacuuming can cause problems.

A portion of the dirt will dissolve when it comes into contact with the water, and part of this dirt will be removed by the shampoo. Unfortunately, you will only get a portion of the dirt. The dirt that gets dissolved will end up drying deep in the fibers of your rug.

A lot of different methods exist for carpet cleaning and different procedures give different results. One method you will find very easily is steam cleaning your carpeting.

Steam Cleaning

If you choose to use steam cleaning, in lieu of products with chemicals, you have to learn to do it properly. A big mistake people make is not removing all the moisture from their carpet after it is cleaned. Steam condenses and turns into water, which seeps into your carpet’s fibers. You must make sure, after your cleaning is finished, that all the water has been removed. Mold can grow in your carpet if all of the water isn’t removed. This is bad and will not only cause health problems, but your carpet will probably have to be replaced.

Dealing With Stains

It stands to reason that keeping light colored carpets clean is more difficult. A bigger challenge than getting rid of pet stains, is cleaning up food and drink stains. Have you seen those commercials on TV for stain removal products? They almost always use a red wine spill on a white carpet. However, tomato based food stains can be even harder to remove. You may start cleaning the stain immediately and it will still be hard to remove. Like pet stains, you can find enzyme-based carpet stain removers specifically for difficult food-based stains.

The basic cleaning techniques you may need to keep a carpet clean are one of the things you should give serious thought to when choosing new carpets for your home. Without a doubt, you can’t beat the elegance of white or cream colored carpeting. They really add a touch of class to the homes we have been in with this type of carpeting. The people whose homes we visited with this color of carpets seemed to be nervous that one of their guests would walk on their pristine carpeting and leave tracks. We think that is not quite right, but hey – that is their home and their carpeting.