The best way to get value out of your carpet cleaning is to vacuum regularly in between cleanings. Parker Brothers offers these tips:
1) Check your bag or dirt receptacle on a regular basis. If it gets too full, it dramatically reduces your machines suction, thus reducing performance.
2) Periodically inspect the vacuum belt. If it shows signs of wear or tearing, replace it. A worn belt also reduces performance. Should a worn belt tear, it can cause damage to your vacuum from being sucked into the fan impeller. Avoid repair costs by changing your belt as needed. Many units have diagrams instructing belt change right on the unit.
3) Watch for wear on your cord. The vacuum can cause tears or cuts in the cord. Wrap these with electrical tape for safety. This prevents them from becoming worse. Cords showing extreme wear should be replaced immediately.
It's easy to check your vacuum belt for signs of wear by removing the plate from the bottom.
Many units have diagrams on the fan housing instructing the proper pathway for the belt.
Parker Brothers Carpet Cleaning encourages you to vacuum regularly to prolong your time between cleanings. Likewise, regular vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpets.