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How to deep clean your carpets cheaply

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Carpet cleaning on a budget

Muddy shoes, pet stains, household spills...no matter how diligent you are about cleaning up stains on your carpet when they happen, they eventually build up. If your carpets are starting to look stained, dingy, and old it's time for a good deep cleaning. Cleaning the carpets in your entire house doesn't have to be expensive. Read these tips on how to deep clean your carpets cheaply:

Professional carpet cleanerStep 1: Decide to use a pro or DIY

You may decide to hire a professional to deep clean your carpet, or you can do the cleaning yourself. Either way it needs to get done every three months in highly-trafficked areas of your home, and once or twice a year for low traffic areas. Regular cleaning will help increase the lifespan of your carpet and save you money in the long run.

Step 2: Look for coupons

If you don't want to tackle the job on your own, you can hire an expert. Look for coupons in your Sunday paper and in mailers to find a pro in your area. The envelope of mailers that comes to your home on a regular basis usually includes coupons for one or two professional carpet cleaners who offer discounts to first time customers. Before booking an appointment with a service, ask for references. You want the job done right the first time.

Step 3: Rent a machine

If you are going to DIY, it's easy to deep clean the carpets cheaply. You just need to rent a machine. A steam cleaning machine blasts jets of hot water and solvent into your carpet, and then vacuums the water (along with the dirt) back out. If you aren't cleaning your carpets often, it's very cost efficient to rent a steam cleaning machine. You can usually find these machines available for rent at most big box stores.

Step 4: Consider buying a machine

Do you have lots of young kids and pets? If you want to deep clean your carpets every month or two, buying a machine makes sense. Steam cleaning machines vary in price, so shop around. You can find a reasonably priced model on sale that will last you several years. If you buy your own machine, the only cost after the initial price of the unit will be for solvent. Look for kid- and pet-friendly cleaners that are biodegradable. You can also use the machine to deep clean some furniture and draperies as well as carpeting.

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