Area rugs bring unique style, color, and patterns, and also require special care and attention—which is what separates them from the rest of the carpet in your home. 


It’s important to understand the basics of rug care and stain removal, as well as what unique cleaning methods should be used to deep clean your rugs.


Basic Rug Cleaning


Most rugs—regardless of material or size—benefit from the following routine maintenance


Vacuum area rugs regularly. Dirt can wear your rugs out, and vacuuming can help preserve them. Avoid vacuuming fringe on the edges if your rug has any, and turn down your vacuum settings for shag rugs. 


Remove pet hair with a brush. If there are pets in the home, a vacuum may not remove pet hair completely from your rugs. In that case, use a stiff brush to gently remove the hair. 


Rotate your rugs throughout the year. Foot traffic is usually concentrated on one area of your rug more than another. Turn your rug at least once a year to make sure each edge is wearing evenly. 


Shake rugs to remove dirt and other particles. If possible, take your rug outside and shake it to remove dirt about every month or so.


Rug Deep Cleaning


Prior to deep cleaning your rugs, check their label to see if there are care instructions for the specific type of material. Some rugs may only be spot cleaned or dry-cleaned. 


If a smaller rug is machine-washable, place it in a mesh laundry bag, then wash it in cold water on a delicate cycle. To dry, hang the rug over a drying rack or large table in a well ventilated area. 


Removing Stains From Rugs 


First, any time there’s a spill on your area rug, blot—don’t rub—the moisture away immediately. 


A cleaning solution of 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar is effective for most stains. You may also try a store-bought stain treating solution. 


Whatever cleaning solution you use, be sure to test a small area the of the rug first to make sure it doesn’t discolor the fibers.


Area Rug Cleaning In Raleigh, North Carolina


Your area rugs are precious and should be treated with the utmost care. To make sure your rugs are cared for properly and effectively, trust the professionals at Chem-Dry of Wake County.


Schedule your appointment for area rug cleaning in Raleigh, North Carolina today!