Q: How often should carpeting be vacuumed?

Oreck smallA: Vacuuming is important for more reasons than you might think.  A freshly vacuumed carpet looks great, but in addition regular vaccuming extends the carpeting service life.  The answer to how often vacuuming is necessary mostly on the traffic the carpeting is exposed to.  If you have a 'shoes off' rule at your home and the only feet on the carpet are shoeless, then dirt get's tracked about much less.  In that case I'd reccommend a bi-weekly vacuuming.  If your family and guests wear their shoes on the carpet, then you should vacuum at least once a week and maybe more often in high traffic areas.

Dirt in the carpet fiber is more than just ugly, it also is harmful to the carpet.  As feet walk over dirty carpet the dirt components (think tiny rocks and sand) can cut and degrade the loops. 

Carpet vacuuming is a weekly or bi-weekly maintenance item that I perform on your home using Oreck high performance equipment.

Q: What is the best way to remove pet stains from carpeting?

NaughtyDog1 SmallA:  The very BEST way is to keep them from happening if you can, but pets - especially very young or older pets - might not always have their ability to control such things.  When an accident happens the most important thing to do is to do a pickup as soon as it is discovered and use a good quality pet stain remover like

The Humane Society advises to soak up as much of the urine as possiblewith a combination of newspaper and paper towels. The more fresh urine you can remove before it dries, especially from carpet, the easier it will be to remove the odor. Place a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot, and cover that with a thick layer of newspaper. If possible, put newspaper under the soiled area as well. Stand on this padding for about a minute. Remove the padding, and repeat the process until the area is barely damp.

They go on to advise that iff possible, put the fresh, urine-soaked paper towel in the area where it belongs—your cat's litter box or your dog's designated NaughtyDog2 smalloutdoor "bathroom area." This will help remind your pet that eliminating isn't a "bad" behavior as long as it's done in the right place.
Rinse the "accident zone" thoroughly with clean, cool water. After rinsing, remove as much of the water as possible by blotting or by using a wet vac.

The go on to advise that until you have removed all of the urine that you possibly can neutralizers simply won't be effective and that in a worst case senario where the urine has been allowed to soak into the pad you may have to replace the carpeting.  Read more about what the humane society has to say about pet stains here.