Carpet is a fabric for covering a floor. It creates a stylish ambience & enhances the beauty of the house. Carpets are available in various shapes, sizes, materials & mediums from many different countries. Carpets need to be maintained well for looking good and last long. Let’s focus on the few tips of care &cleaning of the carpets: Carpets can be cleaned in two ways; (a) wet cleaning or shampooing (b) Dry cleaning. In wet cleaning or shampooing, a detergent which dries to a powder is advisable. When the carpet is dry, the dried detergent plus the loosened dirt can be picked up with a vacuum cleaner before the actual shampooing is carried out. With the suitable detergent diluted, as per directions using hand scrubbing or by a rotatory scrubbing machine the carpet is cleaned. Shampooing will not kill all micro-organisms, it can be prevented by spray vacuum cleaning daily by means of a spraying device. In the dry cleaning of carpets: #Have a smooth, even sub floor # Use a good under tray #Do not use a rubber under tray for a seamed carpet # vacuum clean frequently # For damp dust, use brush or use vacuum cleaner attachments on the edges of the carpet at frequent intervals # Avoid vacuum cleaning woollen carpets when very new to allow loose fibres to stiffen. #Remove stains as soon as possible # Do not let dry cleaning fluid come in contact with it. #shampoo when necessary # protect damp carpet from metal castors and legs of furniture to prevent rusted marks # protect carpet with hearth cloth or drugget when necessary # prevent rugs from creeping by use of rubber or rubberised net #secure edges of carpets at doorways &staircases #protect against damage by moth if not already moth proofed #Attend to any wear &tear from sharp castors #Repair torn edges and worn parts # cut off loose ends particularly looped, never pull pile # Jog stair carpets & carpet squares regularly.