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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7 Ways to Decorate Your Home With Area Rugs

If you are looking to furnish your new home or office or plan to quickly redecorate your space, you should consider shopping for area rugs. Area rugs are easily the most versatile element in interiors and home decoration. A simple piece of rug, or an elegant carpet, it will add instant charm, changing the personality of the room and the elements in it. It can be as inexpensive or as expensive you want. These days, area rugs come in so many different designs, colors, themes, shapes and combinations. If you are planning to decorate your home with area rugs, read below to find out 7 ways to do it easily.

1. Think of elements that can fit in

If your kitchen is too small, it is only natural that you want something that to open it up. Use a bright carpet in solid color or a light colored carpet with floral motif. If your elegant living room looks bland, get a rich Persian carpet which can become the focus.

2. Select area rugs to fit into a theme

Some people like to follow a theme for their rooms. If your room is already in a theme, it is probably the easiest to get a rug to match the theme. If you have Persian furniture, get a Persian carpet. Or add a country style rug to cane or bamboo furniture.

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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.

Rug Pad Benfits

If you’ve ever owned an area rug, you know it doesn’t take long before they begin to show signs of wear and tear. Especially if the area rug is placed in a high-traffic location, it can really take a beating. Some of the highest traffic places to put an area rug are in a place of business or at the front door of a large family. Certain measures may be taken to reduce the wear of your area rug by installing rug pads. The benefits of using rug pads far outweigh the small expense it takes to purchase them.

No Slipping

One of the best advantages of installing rug pads is that they make your area rugs slip-proof. Especially if your area rugs are placed on hard, non-porous floors such as tile or hardwood, the chances of an accident occurring is pretty good. A rug pad will make your area rug virtually stationary. If you have young children or the area rug is in a place of business, a rug pad can save you a hospital visit or the chances of lawsuit due to a fall. While most rugs come with a non-slip backing, many are not very good quality or are made from materials that don’t comply with backing such as a bamboo rug. With a rug pad, you won’t every have to worry or wonder if your area rug is secure.

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