Your rug is an investment that should last you over a hundred years if properly taken care of. Follow these four rug care tips to preserve your investment and keep your rug looking new!
1. Vacuum Rugs Regularly
Make sure you It’s obvious that vacuuming keeps your carpets clean, but this common chore is also the key to ensuring they stay looking like new. Dirt has abrasive qualities, and when it’s repeatedly ground into your rug by everyday foot traffic. You should vacuum rugs regularly to prevent dust from settling in the fibers eroding the backing of your rug. Vacuuming once a week (twice a week in busy areas) can remove up to 75 percent of the dirt and debris and prevent your rug from aging before its time. Also, watch the fringe! Fringe has the tendency to get caught in the vacuum and can pull and damage the rug. You can gently brush out the fringes by hand.
2. Spot Clean
Spills are inevitable, but how you clean them makes all the difference. If there is a spill, you should clean it immediately. There are different steps to follow depending on the type of spill you facing. Check out our rug care tips and stain removal guide for information on how to remove some of the most common spills.
There are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning up any spill. Make sure to work quickly and never rub. Dab cleaning solution onto the trouble spot immediately—the longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the stain. Blot with paper towels or a clean cloth, as this gently puts a small amount of pressure on the liquid, helping to soak it up instead of letting it set in. Remember to blot from the outside in to prevent the spill from spreading.
3. Rotate Regularly
Rotating your rug is one of the most important rug care tips we could give you. People frequently forget that they should be doing this. Rug rotating is a good way to ensure that your rug always looks new is to make sure your rug wears out evenly. You should rotate your rug at least once a year. Rotating your rug regularly will ensure that wear from traffic and sun fading are distributed evenly throughout your rug.
4. Get Your Rug Professionally Cleaned
If you have had your rug for a long time it might be time for a full professional cleaning. No matter how diligent you are with vacuuming and maintenance, your rug will still need some extra TLC from time to time. The EPA recommends you get your rug professionally cleaned every six months. Professional cleaning is the best way to keep your rug looking fresh and new. When you are looking for a company to clean your rug, you want to avoid carpet cleaners. They do not follow the proper steps for rug cleaning such as extracting the deeply embedded dirt and debris. Learn more about this topic in one of our previous blogs.