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Spiff Up Carpets

Guests trampling through your home throughout the season can make any host a scrooge if it results in dirty, stained carpets. To keep rugs looking fresh, follow these spot-cleaning tips.

The How-to:

1. Spray stains with an enzyme-based cleaner, which can tackle food and most mystery spots in high-traffic areas.

2. Blot with a sponge, avoiding a back-and-forth motion, as it can damage fibers.

3. Lift soap residue—which can attract dirt after it dries—with a steam cleaner filled with plain water. Or just blot with vinegar, then with clear cold water.
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