While you may get the area rugs in your home routinely cleaned by a professional rug cleaning company, you still want to be able to keep your rugs clean and well maintained in between those cleanings. Also, consistent maintenance and cleaning will help extend the life of your rugs. Continue reading to learn how to maintain your rugs between cleanings.
Vacuuming your rug regularly will remove a good amount of the dirt and dust that settles into your rug’s pile. It also helps reduce the allergens that are trapped in the fibers. If you have pets that shed, you should definitely be vacuuming at least once a week.
Spot Clean Stains
If you do not immediately spot clean when there is a spill on your rug, you’re risking a stain being left on your rug. To properly spot clean, start by dabbing the stain with a dry cloth to soak up any excess liquid. Use a mixture of a drop or 2 of dishwashing liquid, a small amount of white vinegar, and water in a spray bottle to cleanse the stain. Blot, do not rub, with a cotton cloth to pull out the stain. If the stain persists, contact a professional to make sure the stain is removed safely and effectively to keep your rug’s pile and color intact.
Rotate Your Rugs
Rugs in high-traffic areas can be worn down pretty quickly if you do not rotate them. It’s best to rotate small rugs that are in extremely high traffic areas every one or two months, and large rugs annually. By rotating your rugs, the wear and tear will be evenly distributed throughout your rug to help maintain appearance and value.
Sunlight can cause the color of your rug’s pile to fade dramatically over time. To prevent fading, try to block sunlight from hitting your rugs directly. If your area rugs get direct sunlight, rotate the rug once a year (maybe with the holiday cleanup) to have a more uniform fading across the rug.
Use A Rug Pad
Rug pads are meant to lay underneath your area rugs to keep it in place, protect the shape, and reduce wrinkling. Having a great rug pad will make them safer and more comfortable to walk on, as well as enhance the value of your rug.
Use A Professional Cleaning Service
Professional rug cleaners can remove odors, allergens, mold spores, dust mites, and more while giving your area rugs the proper cleaning. The best way to keep your area rugs in great shape is to have a professional rug cleaning service routinely. Rugs in high-traffic areas need to be cleaned every couple of years. Kitchen rugs may need an annual cleaning. If area rugs are in bedrooms, formal living or dining rooms, the recommendation is cleaning every 3-5 years.
Cristomar is your trusted Metro Atlanta area rug cleaning company. We use a freshwater cleaning process to remove the deep-down dirt without damaging the rug’s fiber and colors. Contact us today to keep your rugs beautiful!