6 Tips For Cleaning Area Rugs

Dec 13, 2021 | Rug Cleaning

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Area rugs bring beautiful color, texture, and diversity to our homes, and also require special care to be maintained. 

Here are the basic principles of area rug cleaning and stain removal so you can keep your precious textiles looking their best as the years go by. 

Vacuum Area Rugs Often

Remove dirt and particles from your rugs by vacuuming them regularly. Avoid vacuuming fringe on the edges and turn down your vacuum settings appropriately for shag rugs. 

Gently Remove Pet Hair With a Brush

Vacuuming may not be enough to remove pet hair from area rugs. Use a stiff brush to remove the pet hair about once each week.

Rotate Rugs

Foot traffic can wear rugs down quickly, but rotating your rugs several times throughout the year can help. Turn your rugs multiple times each year so they wear evenly. 

Shake Rugs Frequently

Doing so can remove dirt and other particles. Shake them outdoors if possible.

Rug Deep Cleaning

Start by checking the labels on your rugs to see if there are special care instructions for your particular material. Some rugs may only be dry cleaned or spot cleaned. 

If your rugs are small and machine washable, place them in a mesh bag then wash them in a delicate setting and hang them to dry. 

Area Rug Stain Removal

If there’s ever a spill on your rug, blog it away gently. Avoid rubbing the stain as this can make it sink deeper into the rug fibers. 

Try using a cleaning solution of 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water. You can also try a store-bought stain removing spray. Just be sure to test a small area of the rug first in case the cleaning solution discolors the fibers. 

Your rugs should be treated with great care—and you can trust them in the hands of Clean Living Chem-Dry. Trust us for all of your area rug cleaning and maintenance needs! Schedule an appointment for professional area rug cleaning in San Rafael today!