There is a special touch added to any room with areas rugs that feature unique patterns, color, and texture to your interior design. Though they are fairly similar in some ways, rugs also differ from carpet with some specific needs. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to provide a quick guide to help you keep your area rugs clean.
Routinely Clean Area Rugs
The area rug can be well-kept with listed tips and steps for standard care, no matter the material of size.
Vacuum Area Rugs Often. Contrary to popular belief, the fibers of the rugs wear down faster from the dirt and debris when compared with daily vacuuming. You actually extend the life of the rug by vacuuming daily, or as often as you have the time and ambition. Shag rugs need to be vacuumed with the setting turned down and never vacuum any fringes.
Remove Pet Hair with a Brush. Not only is removing the majority of the hair is better on the vacuum, but most vacuums are not efficient enough to remove the pet hair from the area rug. Gently remove pet hair with a stiff brush once a week.
Rotate Area Rugs Periodically. In order to avoid concentrating the wear from foot traffic and sun fading as you evenly distribute the normal wear and avoid over extended sun exposure, it is good to rotate the rug every couple of months.
Shake Out Area Rugs. At least once every week or two, take the rugs outside and shake them vigorously, the more often the better. Remove most of the dust, dirt, and debris by paddling the rugs with a blunt object, such as a tennis racket to better loosed the buildup. Follow up with a more efficient vacuuming.
How Do You Deep Clean an Area Rug?
Take a look at the label on the back of the rug to see if there are any special care instructions or warning before you start a deep clean. In some instances, there are area rugs that require dry-cleaning or spot cleaning for example.
Machine Washable Small Rugs. Place the small machine-washable rugs in a mesh bag and wash them on the delicate cycle. Do not use warm water, nor put them in the dryer as it can cause the rugs to shrink and set in potential stains unless otherwise instructed from the label’s directions. Hang them outside or in a well-ventilated area once the rugs are washed in cool water.
Spot Removal. Use blotting techniques to gently absorb the moisture when treating spills and never rub or scrub as it only forces the substance deeper into the fibers. Use your preferred option of homemade solution or a store-bought stain remover to treat the residual stains. Combine mix together teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 4 cups of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar in a spray bottle to use as a multi-stain remover. Be sure to conduct a patch test to ensure it is used safely and will not alter the color or compromise the color in small, inconspicuous area.