Top Tip: Regular maintenance of your carpet will help make deep cleaning it easier. Carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas that are prone to dirt. This will prolong the life of your carpet and prevent a build-up of dirt. Tried and Tested Carpet Cleaning Tips How to use powder as a carpet cleaner Using powder is a great way to clean your carpet. This is the best strategy for cleaning your carpet with powder, whether it's a powdered carpet cleaner or baking soda: Sprinkle the powder liberally over the carpets. Leave the powder for at least 30 minutes – but if you can leave it overnight, all the better – this time gives the cleaner a chance to work, softening the stains and consuming the odours. Vacuum up the powder when you’re done. How to use carpet shampoo Carpet shampoo is another popular way to clean your carpets. There are many different brands of carpet shampoo, so make sure that you follow the guidance on the label. Make up the solution as directed on the packaging. In many cases, the product will need to be diluted with water. Use just enough carpet shampoo to cover the area. Do not make the carpet too wet – not only is this a waste of detergent, but it’s also going to increase drying time. Scrub on the particularly stubborn areas using a hard-bristled brush. Let the carpet dry. Vacuum the shampoo once it has dried.