Though very similar, in the home the care for rugs and carpets differ. Area rugs require special care since they provide unique texture, patterns, and color to your interior designs in any room. With this in mind, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to discuss the basics of area rug cleaning and some tips on removing spots. To keep your area rug looking glorious, no matter their size or material, below you will find the standard steps and tips.
Vacuum Area Rugs Often
The dirt and debris wear the fibers of the rugs down quicker than vacuuming does, contrary to popular belief. Vacuuming on regular basis can reduce the wear, which helps extend the life of
your rugs. Avoid vacuuming any edge fringe and be sure to turn down the setting before vacuuming shag rug.
Pet Hair Remover Brush for Area Rugs
For removing pet fur from the area rug, some vacuums are not highly effective and reduces the volume, which is better on the vacuum. As a more efficient alternative, once a week use a stiff brush to gently remove pet hair.
Rotate Area Rugs
Throughout the year, the area rugs should be rotated. Every few months, rotate the area rug to help make sure that the rug wears and fades evenly by distributing the foot traffic and sun exposure as opposed keeping the wear from foot traffic concentrated in one area or path.
Beat or Shake Out Rug Free of Debris
Take the rugs outside and shake them vigorously once every week or two, or more often if you can spare the time, and remember, the more the better. Making the vacuuming process even more effective, use paddle or tennis racket first to loosen and remove dirt and particles that wear your rugs out faster.
Deep Area Rug Cleaning
If there are any special care instructions or warnings, look for the label on your rugs for starters. There are area rugs that require dry-cleaning or spot cleaning only in some instances.
Machine Washable Rugs
Wash the machine washable rugs on a delicate cycle and place them in a mesh bag. Do not put them in the dryer as they can shrink and set in any tough stains, nor use warm water unless otherwise instructed from the label’s instructions. If weather permits, wash your rugs on cold then hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area, outside is ideal.
Remove Old Stains from Rugs
Never scrub or rub since you will only force the substance in the fibers deeper in the fibers. First, gently blot away any moisture. To treat the residual stains, use your choice of homemade solution or a store-bought stain remover. In a spray bottle, combine a mixing 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 4 cups of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar as a multi-stain remover. To ensure it is used safely without compromising the rug or color, be sure to conduct a patch test in a small, inconspicuous area.