DIY Carpet Cleaner
I have read many of the threads about proper carpet cleaning and the consensus seems to be having it professionally done once or twice a year.
In theory I love that idea and we have had our carpets cleaned three times in the past eleven months. I also know I can't afford to have a carpet cleaner come out every time there's a spot (baby who spits up, puppy, toddler who somehow brings muddy things upstairs ...).
Additionally, we are in the midst of a b-i-g (for us, that is!) remodel, and I don't want to create more work for myself moving all the junk out of the way for the carpet cleaners when I'm already planning on having them out when the remodel is done and everything has been moved back. (how's that for a run-on sentence?) So I told my husband we should rent a machine from the grocery store and he countered that we should probably just buy one -- I could see us easily needing to spot clean once or twice a month.
Truthfully, I'm concerned our carpet may not make it unscathed through this remodel ... and that I'll have to succumb to new carpeting. Which with the abovementioned little people / animals, I don't want to do yet!
Any advice smart people?