Did you just call in a carpet cleaning service? If so, you might want to take some action to prevent stains on your freshly cleaned carpet now. While stains can be easily removed through professional carpet cleaning, they are often better off avoided entirely.

Here are a few of the easier solutions that you can use to prevent staining in your home:

1. Put Down Runners and Rugs

Transparent plastic runners are fantastic for halls and stairs while rugs can be used throughout virtually any area in your home. Runners and rugs don't just prevent staining--they also make it much easier to keep your carpet from wearing down over the years. Ideally, you may want to choose a covering that has a plastic backing so that liquids won't simply seep through; an ordinary cloth rug isn't likely to make that much of a difference.

2. Control the Humidity in Your Home

You may not have realized that humidity can have a direct impact on the cleanliness of your home's interior. If you live in a particularly humid location, your walls, ceiling and, yes, carpeting will all be more moist. This moisture will encourage dirt stains, in addition to a generally musty smell. Purchasing an inexpensive dehumidifier will often resolve this problem and may even make you feel a little more comfortable in your home. 

3. Say Goodbye to Inside Shoes

Regardless of how well your doormats function, shoes will always be tracking in dirt and mud. It's best to simply have a "no shoes" policy on carpeted areas if you want your carpets to remain unstained and last a long time. You can put a simple shoe rack in your mud room or by the entryway with a gentle reminder for guests to take their shoes off inside.

4. Regularly Steam Clean Your Carpeting

There are many lightweight home steam cleaners that can be used on a weekly or even daily basis. While some stains occur during spills, the worst stains actually occur over time due to a slow accumulation of dirt. No matter how many times you vacuum, you won't be able to pick up all of the dirt and dust particles in your carpet. By steam cleaning regularly, you prevent dirt and dust from affixing to the carpet in the form of a stain.

Apart from the above methods, you can also ask your carpet cleaners to add a stain-resistant treatment to your carpet. This stain-resistant treatment is a thin coating that adheres to the fibers of the carpeting and repels liquids and dirt. While it isn't going to repel an entire glass of wine, it will usually keep the stain on the surface long enough for you to clean it on your own.

To learn more, contact a company like Doug's Rug Spa with any questions you have.