Area rugs are different from the rest of the carpet in your home in more ways than one. Not only do they bring unique patterns, texture, and color to your designs, but they also require special care.
Here are the basics for cleaning and removing stains from your area rugs.
Area Rug Routine Cleaning
The following tips work for regularly maintaining your rugs, no matter their size or material.
Vacuum area rugs often. Dirt wears out the fiber of your rugs and can make them wear down faster. Vacuuming can help extend the life of your rugs. Just take care to avoid vacuuming any edge fringe, and turn down the setting before vacuuming shag rugs.
Use a brush to remove pet hair. A vacuum may not be totally effective at removing pet hair. Plus, the hair can clog your vacuum. Instead, use a stiff brush to gently remove pet hair about every week.
Rotate area rugs several times during the year. This helps ensure that your rug wears and fades evenly by distributing the areas of foot traffic on your rugs instead of just keeping it concentrated on one spot.
Remove dirt and particles by shaking out area rugs. Take your rugs outside and shake them vigorously or paddle them with something like a tennis racket. This helps loosen and remove dirt and particles that wear your rugs out faster.
Area Rug Deep Cleaning
Start by checking the label on your rug to see if there are any special care instructions. Some materials may only be dry-cleaned or spot cleaned.
For small, machine-washable rugs, place them in a mesh bag and wash them on a delicate cycle. Avoid warm water or putting rugs in the dryer as this can shrink them. Instead, wash your rugs on cold then hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area.
Area Rug Stain Removal
If something is spilled on a rug, never rub the area as this forces the stain deeper into the fibers. Instead, gently blot away any moisture first.
You can try a store-bought stain remover to treat the area or try making your own cleaner at home. A recipe we recommend is mixing 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar in a spray bottle.
With any cleaning solution, be sure to test a small area of your rug first to be sure it doesn’t discolor or bleach the fibers.
Area Rug Cleaning In Olympia, Washington
With Green Leaf Chem-Dry, your area rugs will always be treated with the care they deserve. We’ll not only restore your rugs to look like new but remove harmful allergens and bacteria, too.