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5 Rug Care Tips For Your home
Depending on a room’s layout and furniture placement, your rugs can be exposed to heavy foot traffic leaving them worn and dingy looking. They’re pretty expensive to replace, so you don’t want to keep buying a new one. You want this one to last! That means taking care of it and cleaning it.
When deciding on the best way to clean your area rugs, keep these tips in mind:
#1 Remove Loose Debris
Area rugs are easier to clean than carpeting due to their portability. Before you dive into deep cleaning an area rug, simply take it outdoors and give it a good shake. Shaking it will remove a majority of loose dirt, dust, and debris that has settled in between the fibers. Then, vacuum the rug to remove any excess stuff.
#2 Tackle Stains Right Away
Stains are a common occurrence in area rugs. Most can be easily removed if you clean it right away. No matter the type of stain, start with the same basic steps. Blot the stain from the outside working inwards, and then rinse with water. Repeat these steps if necessary. Never rub or scrub the rug, because this can ruin the soft fibers. Stains allowed to sit may require additional measures and some TLC from a professional cleaning crew.
#3 Know Your Rug’s Material
Determine the best way to clean it based on the material. Delicate area rugs should be hand washed. Small, durable braided or woven rugs may be put in a washing machine inside a mesh laundry pouch on gentle cycle. Natural fiber rugs should be cleaned using minimal water and a gentle cleaner.
#4 Make Sure it Gets Dry
When a rug is left wet too long, you risk mold and mildew growth, so you want to be sure to dry your area rugs sufficiently. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Lay the rug flat to dry in the sun and flip it over once the top has dried to allow the bottom to dry. You may want to direct a fan at the area rug to quicken the drying process.
#5 Loosen Compacted Fibers
Your rug gets walked on, and maybe gets walked on a lot depending on where in your home it lies. Over time, walking on an area rug can cause the fibers to become flat and compacted. Use a soft-bristle brush and brush the fibers in an upward motion so that the rug looks fluffy and new again.
If you don’t want to or can’t do this all on your own, know that you don’t have to. You have the area rug cleaning experts at Green Steam Carpet Cleaners to call upon. Protect your investment with regular area rug cleaning by our crew! Don’t settle for anything less than the best professional rug cleaning. We are equipped to properly care for most types of area rugs and we are able to clean them in your home. Our trained and certified technicians are experts when it comes to determining the cleaning methods best suited to your rug’s particular weave, fibers, materials, and dyes. We use the most advanced processes available today to thoroughly clean your rugs and remove any dirt, stains, or odors. Green Steam Carpet Cleaners will keep your area rugs looking cleaner longer leaving zero residue in or on your area rugs! Contact us today for a free area rug cleaning estimate.