Rugs are a fantastic addition to your home and there is an abundance of types, designs and colors to suit any home decor. The trouble is that rugs can be subjected to much abuse; from sand, dirt, dust, grease, moisture, spills and most likely foot traffic. All of which can have an impact of the beauty and life of your rugs. A rug cleaner will often need to be applied to keep them looking and feeling clean. But take care, as not all rugs will respond the same way to the same rug cleaner you use. As a result, you may end up killing years off the life of your rug.
Often, rugs can be expensive and delicate things. So, it’s important to know the right ways to clean and maintain them to protect your assets. Just how then does one go about cleaning their much loved rugs?
First off, regular vacuuming can make a huge difference to your rug’s appearance and life. Vacuum both sides of the rug, turning it over and vacuuming the back as well, at least once a week. While it’s fine to use a beater bar or rotating brush vacuum on the back of a wool rug, adjust the height of your rotating beater or only use suction on the front side. Beater bars and rotating brushes are best left for synthetic rugs.
If your rug has tassels or fringes, fluff them by hand rather than vacuuming as you could be causing damage to them as they get sucked into the beater bar of your vacuum. Similarly, on area rugs with looped textures, like shaggy rugs, vacuum using suction only to avoid the loops from getting caught and damaged by the beater brush or bar.
Some new rugs may need to be vacuumed more regularly during their first year due to fuzzing. The fuzz is the result of loose fibers that cling to the carpet fibers during the weaving process and vacuuming more often won’t shorten the rug’s life in any way.
When it comes to using a rug cleaner for stains, stay clear of carpet shampoos or sprays. These products are normally made for synthetic wall to wall carpets and not area rugs. Always check the label and do a spot test on an inconspicuous part of the rug first. If the rug’s colors don’t run or bleed, then you can continue to work on the stain from outside in.
If your rug gets really wet due to major spills, quickly dry it out and use a fan if necessary. In case of flooding, it’s best to get in touch with a professional rug cleaner as fast you can to prevent permanent damage.
As with all rugs and carpets, there comes a time when your vacuuming efforts and cleaning products won’t revive your rug to its original beauty. For the best possible clean in this case, contact your local professional area rug cleaner to do the job. Have your rugs cleaned by them at least once a year, even if it doesn’t look like it needs one. This is important to ensure your rugs are maintained at their best possible condition.
With these simple measures, your rugs can indeed stay looking vibrant and new. With a little needed tender loving care, your rugs can be enjoyed by everyone in your home for as long as it’s taken good care of.