If there's one item in your home that takes a beating it's the carpet. Don't wait for spring to give it a facelift. Follow these seven simple steps to remove tracked-in dirt and food stains and your carpet will start the New Year off on the right foot.

1. Grab your favorite carpet cleaning product or mix ΒΌ teaspoon of plain dishwashing liquid into one cup of warm water.

2. Apply the cleaner or solution to a clean white cloth and gently dab the spot with the cloth. Work from the outer...


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