Helpful Tips on Area Rug Cleaning, Maintenance & Repair

Area rugs are a great addition to any room in any home, office, workplace, or wherever you choose to liven up your living space. The following tips will help you to keep those area rugs charming and clean!

Vacuum area rugs often: The best way that you can care for your area rugs is by vacuuming them often. When dust and dirt settles in your area rugs they can cause damage to the fibers, by vacuuming them often you can avoid this damaging effect.Vacuum using even strokes against the nap of the rug. To find the nap, stroke your hand along the rug, the smooth side of the rug is the nap.

When to vacuum: For higher traffic area rugs try to vacuum them at least two to three times per week. For those that sustain lesser traffic, once per week should suffice.

Have delicate area rugs professionally cleaned: Sometimes a vacuum is too rough for the more delicate area rugs, like shag rugs. It is recommended that you have these rugs professionally cleaned every three to six months.

Rotate your rug: Rotating your rug will assure that it wears and fades evenly. To avoid having spots damaged by the sun or foot traffic, you should rotate your area rugs at least once every three to six months.

Rugs pads save area rugs: Always use a rug pad underneath your area rug. This will provide an extra cushioning for feet and will prevent dangerous slippages from occurring. A good quality rug pad will also greatly extend the life of your area rug.

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How to clean your rugs

To keep your rug looking vibrant and new you should vacuum regularly. The best way to vacuum thoroughly is to vacuum the rug from several different directions, passing over each area of the rug several times.

Rugs placed in high-traffic areas tend to have heavier soil build-up and need to be thoroughly vacuumed on a regular basis in order to prolong the beauty and life of the rug.

For hand-tufted rugs such as wool and shag, you should go over your carpet regularly using an upright vacuum cleaner that has beater-bar action (but no teeth or combs). For everyday cleaning, simply shake the rug to remove loose dirt and fluff pile.

In the event that liquid spills onto your rug, use a dry, undyed cloth to blot (NOT rub) the liquid. We recommend using Host Dry Carpet Cleaner.

Always refer to care tags attached to your rugs for specific instructions.

Removing Pet Stains from Your Rugs: Three Tips Revealed

The last thing that anybody wants to see is their pet doing their business on their area rug. This sort of problem is commonly associated with younger dogs and puppies that are still being housebroken. And in the same sense, training your pets can be hindered when you do not exercise the proper cleanup methods. If the stained area is not cleaned up properly it can leave residue odors behind, which may attract your pet to do their business on that area again. These simple tips will help you to avoid this problem and keep your rugs clean and odor-free.

Removing pet urine stains: When removing pet urine stains from your area rug, first treat the area with warm water and soap. Use paper towels to soak up the majority of the urine andthen use a professional pet waste cleaning solution (make sure to read the directions some solutions are not appropriate for every kind of rug). Be sure to remove all the odor, or your pet will be attracted to urinate in that area again.

Removing pet fecal stains: First use gloves and paper towels to dispose of the waste. Then treat with a warm water and soap and allow the soap to set in. Use a pet feces cleaning solution, which will clean the fibers of the rug and disinfect it at the same time. On more durable rugs you can use a carpet cleaning brush to remove the waste. On more delicate rugs you will have to have the rug professionally cleaned to avoid damaging it.

Removing pet dirt stains and eliminating odors: Constant maintenance is the key to keeping stains and dirt from damaging your area rugs. On more durable rugs, you can treat most pet stains using mild soap and water, and by dampening the area until the stain is removed. On more delicate area rugs you will want to mildly treat the stain with warm soap and water, and then have the rug professionally cleaned. It is recommended that you have all rugs in your home professionally cleaned at least once every six months.

Final Note Always make sure that you read the care and maintenance packaging for your area rugs before attempting to clean them with products that may in fact damage the rug. In some cases, you may have to have your area rug professionally cleaned. In this instance, it may be wise to remove the rug from until your pets are fully housebroken.

Extending the Life of Your Rugs

After making an investment in an area rug, the last thing you want to do is ruin the rug in a few years. It can take months of searching, looking and finding the money to purchase the rug of your dreams, why not take care of it like an investment? Quality area rugs are intended to last a lifetime and should be able to withstand heavy foot traffic, but many wear out way before their time because they are not taken care of properly.

One of the best investments you can make to take care of your area rug is to purchase a floor mat. Rug pads are a protective barrier that absorbs the shock of people walking on your rug. The pad protects your area rug and the floor it is resting on. If your area rug is placed on hard wood or laminate flooring, the backing on the area rug can rub up against the floor and destroy the finish you worked so hard to protect.

Just like area rugs, rug pads come in a variety of price ranges and quality. It’s best to buy a rug pad that is moderately priced and good quality. Stay away from rug pads at big box stores because the quality may not help extend the life your rug very much. Don’t make the foolish mistake of spending money on an outstanding rug to place on the floor and get trampled on without protection.

Keeping Your Sisal Rug Sizzling

Sisal rugs are naturally derived and beautifully designed to make any room in your house pop. Although the rug fibers come from a plant in South America, they do require routine maintenance to preserve their beauty and personality. Sisal rugs are semi-stain resistant water proof but do best when kept in a dry and arid environment. After buying your sisal rug, you probably want to know how to care for it so it stays looking new and fresh. Follow a few of these tips to keep your sisal rug sizzling and spectacular.

Sisal fibers do not do well with damp, wet or humid environments. They don’t make a good choice as a runner by your front door or for use in an area where wet feet may trample on it. A sisal rug should also be placed in room that has a low chance of seeing a spill. Dinning rooms and living rooms that get a lot of use would not be a good place to lay a sisal rug.

If water was to make its way to your sisal rug, you want to get it dry as soon as possible. The wetness of a spill or water from rain can quickly shrink the rug and distort its natural shape. It can also force the dirt that’s underneath the pile to come to the surface, giving the rug a dirty appearance. If you spill something on the carpet, clean it immediately by using a dry cloth to soak up as much of the spill as possible. If it doesn’t leave a stain, use a blow dryer to dry the area quickly. If there is a stain, use a stain removing solution by blotting the stain. Never rub a stain as this can push it deeper and more permanently into the rug.

Vacuum your sisal rug on a daily basis if it is in a high traffic area or at least once a week to keep dust and unwanted particles away form the rug. Avoid wearing shoes on a sisal rug as this can add unnecessary wear and tear to the carpet, aging it more quickly. Simply ask your guests to remove their shoes when visiting your home. Shampoo the sisal rug once every six months. After shampooing the carpet, turn it one complete turn clockwise to diversify the foot traffic pattern. This will keep even wear on the carpet so one portion of it doesn’t look more worn than another.

A few general tips to care for your rug is:

  • Rug pad extends rug life and protects floors.
  • Use rug indoors, away from high moisture areas.
  • To avoid fading, do not expose rug to direct sunlight.
  • Blot spills immediately using a dry absorbent cloth and do not allow water to soak rug.
  • Vacuum regularly to maintain best appearance.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that may damage the rug.
  • Do not pull loose ends. Clip scissors to remove.
  • Turn carpet around occasionally to equalize wear.
  • For hard-to-remove stains, professional rug cleaning is recommended.

Sisal area rugs require special attention and some extra care. If you follow these simple steps your sisal rug will treat you well and stay with your for many years to come. Remember to keep your sisal rug out of direct sunlight and away from humid or damp areas. This is probably the single most important aspect of caring for you sisal rug.