Frequent vacuuming is a great way to get rid of surface dirt, but every now and then, carpets need a thorough deep cleaning. In fact, carpet manufacturers recommend professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months. One way to stretch time between professional carpet cleanings is to buy or rent a carpet cleaner. You'll recoup the money you spend after just a few uses.

To help you find the right carpet cleaner, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute put several to the test. Find out how w...


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