There’s nothing more important than vacuuming for maintaining beautiful, long-lasting carpet. That’s because dry soil is abrasive and can actually damage carpet fibers, causing accelerated wear and tear. In addition to causing a poor, dingy appearance, this wear will also diminish the effective of any strain-resistant protective coating. You should vacuum at least once a week, doing so more frequently for every person living in your household. A vacuum with a beater bar will give you the best results. Remember, too, that vacuum bags should be changed when they’re ⅔ full so they don’t lose effectiveness.