Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Best Way to Clean Your Area Rug

Area rugs beautify any space, adding color and lovely designs to a room. Because they are made with almost any fiber imaginable, methods for cleaning area rugs can vary dramatically. If you’re considering cleaning area rugs yourself as a way to save money, be sure to review the area rug cleaning information below to ensure you’re familiar with the recommended process for each type of area rug material. Also, be sure you know when bringing in a professional is preferable to Cleaning area rugs at home.

Basic Rug Care

  • Rug care is determined by size, construction, and material. Care for large-size area rugs as you would wall-to-wall carpet.
  • Vacuum large rugs to remove dirt. As with carpet, the most important thing you can do for larger area rugs is to vacuum them regularly. If a rug is reversible, vacuum both sides. This removes grit and grime that can wear out your rug prematurely. Take care to not vacuum the fringe of your rug.
  • Brush out pet hair. A vacuum will sometimes leave pet hair behind. Use a stiff brush to remove the hair, brushing in the direction of the nap of the rug.
  • Turn rugs every year. Foot traffic and sun can put extra stress on area rugs. Turn them once or twice a year to even out the wear.
  • Shake small area rugs. If the rug is small enough, you can take it outside and shake it or beat it vigorously to remove dirt and grit. Some areas have ordinances about shaking rugs outdoors, so check your local codes.

Specialty Care

Some area rugs require special care. Following the cleaning instructions on the tag of the rug is always your best option, but if your area rug doesn’t have instructions, you can follow these steps:

  • Fur or Sheepskin Area Rugs. Shake talcum powder onto the rug. Let it sit for a few hours. Brush it through the fur or hair and then take it out back and shake it out. If the fur is very long, you may need to repeat the process until you feel it is clean enough.
  • Braided Area Rugs. Put a blanket or towels down on concrete or a vinyl floor. Put the rug on top of the blanket. Using a commercial carpet cleaning solution, sponge it onto the rug and rub it in. Rinse the rug with water and place it on dry blankets or towels until it is completely dry.
  • Handmade or Antique Area Rugs. Place nylon screen over the rug. Using a vacuum attachment, vacuum over the screen. If you’re at all hesitant about cleaning your rug, talk with an antique dealer or the rug manufacturer (if possible) to get additional tips on how to properly care for your antique rug.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning area rugs at least once a year is a good way to keep them in the best shape possible. When you make a list of things to do for spring cleaning, don’t forget to put the area rugs on the list. To deep clean the area rugs, first look for a care label. If it gives instructions on deep cleaning care, follow those directions. If not, follow these steps:

  • Using a commercial cleaning product, test a small inconspicuous area of the rug to see if it is colorfast.
  • Just like the specialty care for braided rugs, place the rug on a hard surface that can get wet and clean it with the commercial cleaning product, assuming it is safe for the fabric.
  • Rinse the rug with clear water.
  • Let the area rug dry thoroughly.
  • Vacuum the rug.
  • If the label says to get the rug dry cleaned, be sure to go that route so that you will not damage your rug trying to do it yourself.

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