To maintain your carpet floors properly, you should vacuum regularly ( at least twice a week ). This will ensure that the soil loads stay low and maintainable. This in turn will help to extend the life of your carpets. These simple measures in combination with professional cleanings ( at least once per year ) will really go along way to preserve the life and beauty of your carpets!!! In extreme traffic situations, more regular vacuuming and professional cleanings will be needed to properly maintain the carpets integrity.