Your home has its own high traffic areas, such as entryways, hallways, dens, and kitchens. These are basically any area where people congregate. It is not real surprising that these areas get dirty the fastest.
Keeping the carpet clean serves a number of purposes. It helps to prevent your carpet from wearing as badly and keeps your carpet looking new for much longer. Dirt can be very corrosive. If allowed to build up on your carpet, walking on it will help break down the carpet fibers. This makes it very important for you to remove the dirt frequently from your carpet. The worse locations to deal with, are the high traffic areas.
You might want to consider the use of area rugs or carpet runners on your high traffic areas, this will help protect your carpet and make it look new longer. Sometimes it is the small things that count. Declare a shoes off policy in your home and use a shoe mat at the front entrance. This will come in handy and people will be more prone to take off their shoes or wipe their shoes as they enter your home.
The best thing to do is to clean the traffic areas before they become really dirty. If you wait until your carpet is filthy, cleaning is harder, takes longer, and cost more. Vacuum before and after cleaning. Pretreat the stained areas with a drop of detergent mixed with hot water in a spray bottle and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before you start cleaning. Do not over wet the carpet and let it dry thoroughly.
The best way to clean a stain is to get to it immediately, do not wait. The longer the stain reacts with the carpeting the harder to remove it. Eighty percent of stains can be removed with plain tap water. If you have a stubborn stain then you might need to use a stain remover. Blot, don't scrub or rub the area. If the spot is tough, try club soda or vinegar on it.
With a little extra care, your carpet can survive and stay healthy. A good steam cleaning of the high traffic areas on a regular basis not only brightens the carpet, but helps it to come back to life. Keeping your carpet clean and looking nice, especially in the high traffic areas is not always an easy chore.