Area rugs have unique patterns, color, and texture to your designs that add a special touch and room’s style. Rugs differ from carpet though they are fairly similar in some ways, the care requires special maintenance. With this in mind, we at D&M Carpet Cleaning would like to list some of the universal basic maintenance and spot removal tactics.
Area Rug Daily Cleaning
No matter the material of size, the area rug can be well kept with listed tips and steps for standard care. Vacuum area rugs often. The fibers of the rugs wear down faster, contrary to popular belief, with the dirt and debris than with daily vacuuming. Vacuuming on a regular basis can reduce the wear, which helps extend the life of your rugs. Do not vacuum any fringe and shag rugs need to be vacuumed with the setting turned down. Vacuum the rug daily, or as often frequently as possible.
Pet Hair Remover Brush for Area Rugs
Most vacuums are not efficient enough to remove the pet hair from the area rug and removing the majority of the hair is better on the vacuum. Gently remove pet hair with a stiff brush once a week.
Rotate Area Rugs
Throughout the year, rotate the area rugs periodically. Rotate the area rug every few months to avoid concentrating the wear from foot traffic and sun fading as you evenly distribute the normal wear and avoid over extended sun exposure.
Shake Area Rugs Free of Dirt & Debris
Take the rugs outside and shake them vigorously at least once every week or two, the more often the better. Paddle the rugs with a blunt object, such as a tennis racket to better loosed and remove most of the dust, dirt, and debris. Follow up with a more effective vacuuming.
Deep Area Rug Cleaning
See if there are any special care instructions or warning first off by looking for the label on the back of the rug. There are area rugs that require dry-cleaning or spot cleaning only in some instances. Small rugs that are machine washable. On the delicate cycle, place the small machine-washable rugs in a mesh bag and wash them. Unless otherwise instructed from the label’s directions, do not use warm water, nor put them in the dryer as it can cause the rugs to shrink and set in potential stains. After the rugs are washed in cool water, hang them outside or in a well-ventilated area.
Area Rug Spot Removal
When treating spills, never rub or scrub as it only forces the substance deeper into the fibers; instead, use blotting techniques to gently absorb the moisture. To treat the residual stains, use your preferred option of homemade solution or a store-bought stain remover. In a spray bottle, mix together teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 4 cups of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar as a multi-stain remover. In a small, inconspicuous area, be sure to conduct a patch test to ensure it is used safely and will not alter the color or compromise the color.