Whether you're selling your home or moving into a brand new space, one thing is certain: you're going to want to clean your carpet. While wall-to-wall carpeting is warm, plush, beautiful, and great for young kids, it also had a tendency to attract dirt, dust, and stains. Keeping it looking fresh and new can often feel like an uphill battle. Before you tear it up, try out these three carpet cleaning tips. They're guaranteed to make your worn carpet look fresh and new, which is great strategy for selling a house or settling into a new one.

Step one: Steam clean your carpet.

Steam cleaning is a process that involves hot water being fed to a wand or spray tool, in combination with a pump-vacuum power unit. The result is that cleaning solution is injected deep into the carpet, loosening dirt and debris, then sucked up with the vacuum. Anyone who has emptied one of a steam cleaner will attest to its power and effectiveness! Even if your carpet looks clean, the steam cleaner will prove you wrong. In order to keep your carpet looking clean, you should steam clean it a few times a year, and more often if you have young children or pets. Steam cleaning can also get rid of stains that you assumed were there to stay, which is always good news!

Step two: Get rid of mold and mildew.

Here in coastal North Carolina, our humid summers can lead to mold and mildew, especially in older houses. If you're has that tell-tale scent or feels musty, then there are a few tricks that can help. If you're steam cleaning, add a small amount of lemon juice or white vinegar to the cleaner's tank. If you're trying to rid a small spot of mold or mildew, try bushing the area with a solution of one part 3% hydrogen peroxide and five parts water. This should fresh up your carpet in no time at all!

Step three: Banish pet stains.

We love our furry family members, but that doesn't mean we love the mess that comes with them! If a beloved pet has done a number on your carpet, don't banish Fido to the backyard just yet! To get rid of stubborn stains, try mixing a quart of water with a stain-fighting laundry detergent. Put the concoction into a spray bottle and spritz the stain thoroughly. Allow the mixture to soak for a few minutes, then blot and rinse with warm water. You may have to do this a few times, but don't give up - a clean carpet will be worth it. And then, just to be on the safe side, enroll your pup in some obedience training classes. It might be time for a refresher!

We hope these tips help you give your home a new lease on life! For more buying, selling, and living tips, don't forget to like Network Real Estate on Facebook.