How To Keep Your Area Rugs Clean

Buying area rugs for your house is one form of an investment. Apart from protecting the wooden and delicate tile floors, they also serve as the beautifying factor in your house. Area rugs do not come cheap. You definitely have to spend quite an amount, thus you need to take good care of them. One way of caring for your rug is by keeping it clean so that it looks good and aesthetically pleasing for a long time.

Below are some of the methods of cleaning an area rug:

  • Vacuuming

Most people prefer vacuuming because it is the easiest and fastest rug cleaning method. Vacuum the top of the rug on a regular basis, and underneath at least every 3-5 months. This way, your rug will always look bright and shiny. Ensure that you vacuum your rug every time you vacuum other carpets in the house because it will keep it revitalized.

When vacuuming you can use the beater bar under the vacuum cleaner or just a broom to beat the rug to remove all dust from underneath the rug. Keeping in mind that different kinds of rugs require different types of vacuuming, here are some possible mistakes you may be making.

  • Washing

Washing the rug is a good method of area rug cleaning as it restores the moisture back to the fibers reviving its vibrancy and beauty. However, you must be careful while choosing the right method of washing. Who would want to spoil a designer or antique rug by running it through the washer and then a dryer? It is advisable that you consult area rug experts to know which methods to use with certain types of rugs. Remember that certain types of detergents may not be good for some area rugs. To determine what shampoo is safe to use, you can cut a small fiber from the rug and pour the shampoo on it. If you spot no effects, proceed to use it.

Hand washing is the safest and most preferred type of washing. Simply spread your area rug on a clean surface. Pour water mixed with a detergent and scrub it using a soft scrub brush. Finally, let it dry in the sun.

  • Spot Cleaning

It is normal for an area rug to get stains. For example, the dog stepped on it with mud, or you accidentally spilled food on it. Whatever the case is; the stain has to be removed. Do not try to rub off the stain because it will only spread the stain and make the rug look even worse. Just blot the stain instead. Stains from red wine spills can be removed using club soda. If candle wax falls on the rug, add ice to it until it gets very cold, and then chip it off.

If all your attempts at stain removal fail, call a professional to do the work for you so that you do not mess up your expensive rug.

Even as you try to maintain your area rug by keeping it clean, do not wash it more than once a year. Also, do not put it in the dryer, as the heat may weaken its fibers and ruin it. Take good care of your area rug and it shall give you longer service in return.