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Between your rambunctious Labradoodle and your red wine habit, plush wall-to-wall carpeting can take quite the filthy beating. Here, how to know when it’s time to break out the big guns and get that thing professionally steam cleaned.

It smells like woof. Fluffy is generous with kisses, but that goes the same for odors. If you notice it, guests definitely do.

You can’t stop sneezing. Tracked-in allergens and dust mites tend to linger, even with regular vacuuming.

There’s been lots of rain or snow recently. Damp shoes track in extra moisture that can turn to mold and mildew. Also…nobody wants her lovely cream rugs to run an icky shade of gray. 

The carpet is a shade lighter under your ottoman than anywhere else. It’s like a tan line that everyone can see. 

It’s been a year since your last steam cleaning. Remember that warranty for your carpeting? Most require an annual steam to remain effective. So go forth and schedule your appointment. (Then go back to drinking that red wine.) 

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