First, remove large debris with your hands or a broom. You can then either sweep your carpet well or vacuum it. Check for stains before washing with a gentle, mild carpet cleaner. Do not get your carpet sopping wet, rinse it well and dry quickly.
Woven carpet can be washed in the washing machine, and delicate carpets (such as wool or antique should be washed by hand).
If the carpet is small enough you can hang it outside to dry. Otherwise, open windows and doors or place fans around to help it to dry out as fast as possible.
How often should you clean your carpet?
While you can clean your carpets yourself, it’s recommended to have your carpet cleaned by professionals every so often to get to the dirt at the bottom and wash it with the proper cleaning liquids.
It’s advised to clean your carpet every 3-6 months and have it professionally cleaned at least once a year. However, this also depends on a few factors, such as if you smoke, have pets, or are allergic to dust. Depending on your circumstances, you might have to clean your carpet more frequently.