The area rugs in the home, though they have similarities, are different than carpet. To enhance the aesthetic of your interior design, the unique patterns, color, and textures of the area rugs are placed. Area rugs require maintenance and care to make them last. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to discuss the fundamentals of cleaning the area rug and some recommendations to treat spot and stains.
Vacuum Area Rugs Often
The dirt and debris wear and breakdown the fibers of the rugs faster than consistent vacuuming, contrary to popular belief. Vacuuming on regular basis can reduce the wear in addition to preserving a clean rug, which extends the lifespan. Before vacuuming shag rug, be sure to turn down the setting and never vacuum any edge fringe.
Remove Pet Hair from Area Rugs
Removing pet hair from the area rug is not always effectively done through vacuuming alone. Reducing the volume also helps for a more efficient vacuuming. Using a stiff brush, gently remove pet hair once a week as a more efficient alternative.
Rotate Area Rugs
Rotate the area rug to help make sure that the rug wears and fades evenly by distributing the foot traffic and sun exposure instead of keeping the wear from foot traffic concentrated in one area or path. Be sure to do this throughout the year.
Shake out Debris on Area Rugs
Take the rugs outside and shake them vigorously once every week or two, or more often if you can spare the time the more the better. You can maximize vacuuming by using a paddle or tennis racket to loosen and remove dirt and particles that wear your rugs out faster as well.
Area Rug Deep Cleaning
If there are any special care instructions or warnings be sure to adhere to them as they should be printed on the label of the rug. For example, some area rugs require dry-cleaning solvents only, or exclusive professional cleaning.
Machine Washable Area Rugs
In a mesh bag, the small machine-washable rugs can be cleaned on a delicate cycle. Unless otherwise instructed from the label’s instructions, do not use warm water. Also, do not put them in the dryer as they can shrink and set in any tough stains. Make sure the water is cold during the washing cycle and hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area, outside is optimal if weather permits.
Area Rug Stain Removal
Never scrub or rub as this only forces the substance in the fibers deeper in the fibers, but gently blot away any moisture first. To treat the residual stains, use your preferred homemade solution or a store-bought stain remover. In a spray bottle, combine 1 teaspoon dish-washing detergent, 4 cups of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar to use as a multi-stain remover on your rugs. To ensure it is used safely without compromising the rug or color, be sure to conduct a patch test in a small, inconspicuous area