Rugs aren’t cheap. They’re an investment and an important part of your home decor. That’s why you need to take care of your rugs. They can be delicate and difficult to care for if you don’t know how to, so our rug experts are here to share all of our best rug cleaning tips. If you want your rugs to last, here’s what to do:
1. Read the Care Instructions
There are a lot of different types of rugs out there, and they each have different care restrictions. If you want to be able to care for your rugs, make sure that you know what kind of yarn the rug is made of, what kind of backing it has, and as well as any special instructions from the manufacturer. Make sure that you follow these instructions.
2. Place the Rug Correctly
When you’re putting your rug down, try to keep it out of direct sunlight. The sun can fade your rug’s colors, even through the window. If you can’t keep your rug out of the path or the sun, try to keep the window blinds closed when possible.
3. Rotate the Rug
Often, rugs are placed so that one side gets more use, whether it’s in front of furniture or in a walkway. If you don’t do anything, the part of the rug that is walked on most will wear out, while the part under furniture will not. Preserve the life of your rug by rotating it 180 degrees (90 degrees if it’s a perfect square or circle) to spread out the wear and tear.
4. Use Furniture Protectors
If your rug had furniture on it, the legs can damage the pile and cause divots in the rug. Use protectors on the feet of furniture to protect the rug. Also, ensure that furniture legs and the protectors are clean before placing them on the rug.
5. Take Care of Loose Strands
Rugs will sometimes have loose strands, especially when they are new. To manage the initial shedding, vacuum your rugs 1-2 times a week at first. Do not pull on stray loops. If they do not come out when you vacuum them, carefully cut the loops back down to size. Pulling on stray loops can damage the rug.
6. Get Regular Professional Cleanings
One of the best things that you can do for your rug is to get them professionally cleaned. Professionals will be able to remove built-up dirt that can saw away at the fibers of your rugs and damage them over time. They can also bring the bright colors in your rugs back to life. Be sure to choose an expert rug cleaner, not just a regular carpet cleaner, as they will know how to care for your specific rug.
7. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum
It’s important to keep your rug clean in between professional cleanings, and you can do that by vacuuming your rug regularly. Vacuuming every 1-2 weeks is ideal, but if you have a rug that receives a lot of high traffic you should vacuum more often. Make sure to use a vacuum that caters to the pile height of your rug, as high pile rug and low pile rugs require different vacuum settings.
8. Treat Stains and Spills
When you spill something on your rug, you need to take care of it immediately, or you risk it becoming a permanent stain. Grab a damp, white towel and blot the rug. Be sure not to rub the stain, as this will only push it deeper. Be careful with any products that you use on your rugs. Test a small area first before using a cleaning solution on your rug, or just leave it to the professionals.
9. Take Care of Pet Urine
One of the worst stains you can have in your rugs is pet urine. Be sure to treat pet urine as soon as you notice it. Use a damp rag to blot up the liquid, and then sprinkle baking soda. Let it sit, then vacuum it up and repeat as needed Pet urine is a tricky stain to remove, so don’t be afraid to call in pet urine removal experts to take care of it for you.
10. Removing Pet Hair
Pet hair is also an issue in rugs, but it’s easier to remove for yourself. There are a few tools you can use to remove stubborn pet hair from your rug without damaging the rug. Try a carpet brush, carpet rake, or standard squeegee tool.
Taking proper care of your rug will help you extend the life of your rug and keep it looking great. Follow these tips to keep your rug in good condition.