Keeping your carpet clean is absolutely essential. Most carpet manufacturers recommend vacuuming their products at least once a week. They're also quick to tell you, though, that vacuuming alone is not enough. Once a year, you should also give your carpet a thorough deep cleaning using one of two methods. You can hire a professional carpet cleaner to come and do the work or you can simply rent a steam cleaner from the local hardware store or supermarket and do the job yourself. Due to the cost of professional cleaning services, most people decide to go the "DIY" route. Now, a lot of people spend serious time researching which type of machine to rent. While this is a god thing, I believe that the solution you decide to put in that machine is even more important than the machine itself. Having trouble deciding on what solution is right for you? Here are three things to think about.

The Environment

I like to consider the environment when I'm selecting cleaning products for my house. While I do love Mother Earth, I have another more important reason for "going green". It's pretty much understood that things that are good for the earth, are also good, safe and healthy for your family. Think about this for a second. If you get a product that's toxic and detrimental to the health of the planet, what could it potentially do to your children? Carpet cleaning solutions of the past were notorious for containing fairly dangerous chemicals like perchloroethylene. This nasty piece of business actually causes dizziness, nausea and fatigue. Do you really want your kids and pets rolling around on a carpet that's just been soaked in this kind of chemical? Of course not! Now, most companies today are pretty responsible when it comes to their cleaning aids. It's always worth giving the label of the solution you're considering a good read though. Look for words like Non Toxic, Eco-Certified and Natural. This will ensure the product is safe for both the earth, and your family.

Type Of Carpet That You Have

This is important. You see, not all carpets are the same. Because of this, not all carpet cleaning solutions will work on all carpets. Here are a few things to think about. First of all: What's your carpet made out of? Is it wool? If so, you should look for a solution that has a fairly low PH balance. Something around 8 is ideal for this type of material. If your carpet is of the standard nylon variety, you don't really need to consider the Ph level. Nylon isn't nearly as sensitive as wool.One of the newest technologies in the carpet industry is what's known as Stain Resistance. This is basically a special coating that's done on higher end, more expensive carpets. It prevents stains before they happen. If your carpet is armed with this feature, make sure you select the right cleaning solution. Again, the label of the product is your friend. Give it a good read and make sure it says OK For Stain Resistant Carpets or something to that effect. If you're not sure, check out some reviews of different products online. Chances are you'll find what you're looking for.

Brand Of Carpet Machine You Use

This one is fairly obvious but it's worth mentioning anyway. If possible, you want to match the type of machine you have with it's respective solution. This means that if you decide to go with the Bissell Green Machine carpet cleaner, you should probably look for a solution bearing the same name. Same goes for the Safeway Carpet Cleaning Rental - Also known as the Rug Doctor. Get the Rug Doctor Formula if you want to use this machine. This is basically due to the fact that these companies test their cleaning solutions with their own machines. Results are more predictable, and more often than not, more noticeable.