Your rugs play an important role in your home. Not only do they add personality and style, but they also provide comfort and warmth. That’s why it’s of great importance to take good care of them. In this post, we will discuss several terrific cleaning tips that will help you keep your rugs looking great for years to come.
1) Vacuum Your Rugs Regularly
One of the best things you can do to extend the life of your rugs is to vacuum them regularly. Vacuuming not only removes dirt but also helps fluff up the fibers, which can make your rug look new again. It’s important to vacuum both sides of the rug, as well as any fringe or tassels.
To get the most out of your vacuuming, use a vacuum with good suction and ensure to go over each area several times. If you have a rug with particularly long fibers, you may want to invest in a special attachment designed for rugs.
2) Spot Clean Spills Immediately
Inevitably, your rug will eventually get stained, but you can minimize the damage by spot cleaning spills immediately. The longer a spill sits on your rug, the more likely it is to set in and become permanent.
To spot clean a spill:
- Blot the area with a neat, dry cloth to absorb as much of the spill as possible.
- Use a mild detergent and some warm water to scrub the area gently.
- Blot the area again with a clean cloth to remove any remaining detergent. If you have a stubborn stain, call in a professional rug cleaner.
But for most everyday spills, following these simple steps should do the trick.
3) Use a Rug Pad
If you have hardwood floors, a rug pad is essential to prevent your rug from slipping and sliding, which can cause premature wear and tear. A quality rug pad will also protect your floors from scratches. Cut the rug pad to size and place it underneath your rug. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before doing so. Most importantly, a rug pad will add an extra layer of cushioning, making your rug more comfortable to walk on and extending its life.
4) Have Your Rugs Cleaned Professionally at Regular Intervals
This is likely the most crucial point on the list. Professional cleaners have the knowledge and special tools to thoroughly remove all the dirt, dust, and other debris that can shorten the life of your rug. In addition, regular cleanings will also help protect your rug from fading and further damage caused by sunlight and other environmental factors.
So, how often should you have your rug cleaned? That depends on many factors, including how often it is used, the type of rug, and the environment in which it is kept. In general, most rugs should be professionally cleaned at least once a year.
If you follow these tips, you can be sure that your rug will last for many years to come. And, of course, if you have any questions about rug care or rug cleaning, please feel free to contact us at Emerald Services any time. We’re always happy to help!