Vacuum high-traffic areas daily, medium-to-high traffic areas twice weekly, and the entire house at least once a week with a vacuum that carries the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval(visit for a complete list of certified products).

Even with regular vacuuming, soil particles and oily dirt will cling to carpet fibers. Foot traffic drives these particles and dirt deep into the carpet. Your carpet should be cleaned by professional hot water extraction every 18 months with cleaning products, equipment, or systems that carry the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval. (Visit for a complete list of certified products.) Periodic cleaning by a certified carpet care professional using the hot water extraction method will refresh carpet appearance.

The most-used areas¬ entrances, doorways, traffic lanes, and in front of chairs¬ will collect dirt faster than other areas. Clean these areas as soon as they begin to show soil. This will stop dirt from spreading and will extend the time between professional cleanings.

Source: Mohawk Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance Guide