At Acme Chem-Dry, we pride ourselves on being area rug experts. We know how to clean every type of rug and can remove virtually any stain in rugs. We’re always happy to take care of your rugs for you, but today we want to share some of our best rug care tips to empower you to take care of your rugs yourself! Properly maintaining your rugs can greatly extend their lifespan. Here’s how to do it:
1. Know your Rug
The first step to taking care of your rug is to know all about your rug. Check the care tag to learn how you should be taking care of your rug, as well as what materials it’s made of. If your rug has specific instructions, follow them! For example, some smaller rugs are machine washable, but not all of them! Following the directions on the care tag can help you preserve your specific rug.
2. Remember to Rotate
This is a tip you might not have thought of, but it makes a lot of sense: rotate your rug. Move all of the furniture off of your rug, pick it up, and turn it 180 degrees (or just 9-0 if it’s a square or circle). Why is this important? There are probably spots on your rug that you walk on more often, like in front of the couch. By rotating your rug, you spread out the traffic, so one spot doesn’t wear out faster than the rest of the rug.
3. Keep It (Professionally) Clean
A professional rug cleaner can remove a lot of build up that your vacuum just can’t. Your rugs should be cleaned at least once a year to prevent dirt, germs, allergens, bacteria, and more from building up. If you encounter a stain you can’t remove, call the professionals right away to keep it from setting.
4. Use Your Vacuum
In between professional cleaning, keep your rug clean by vacuuming it regularly, about every week or two. Make sure that your vacuum is right for the job first. Most vacuums have a pile setting; change it to match your rug pile. Do not use a short pile setting on a long pile rug or you could damage it.
5. Stay Away from the Sun
Sunlight can cause your rug to fade. This even includes sunlight through windows. Try to position your rug out the path of sunlight, or use window treatments to block out the sun and protect your rug. Do not use rugs outside unless they are specifically outdoor rugs.
6. Stop Shedding
New rugs are prone to shedding when loose fibers fall off the rug. Vacuum 1-2 times a week initially to manage this early shedding. If loops get pulled and end up longer than the rest of the rug, cut them back to size. Do not pull on loops or you will cause more damage.
7. Fight Furniture Damage
The legs of heavy furniture can leave permanent indents in your rugs. Plus, wood stain, paint, dirt and other substances commonly found on furniture legs can dye your rugs accidentally. To prevent both of these issues, use furniture protectors on the feet of your furniture. If you use a protector one or more feet, be sure to use them on every foot of your furniture, even if it isn’t on the rug, so your furniture isn’t wobbly.
8. Removing Pet Hair
One of the biggest complaints rug owners ave about the cleanliness of their rug is pet hair. If you have a pet, you know how the shed hair can get trapped in the fibers of a rug. If your vacuum can’t get rid of the pet hair, there are a few tools you can try, such as a carpet brush, that should help.
9. Treat Stains and Spills
Take care of spills as they happen, before they become permanent stains in your rug. Use a damp white rag to blot up liquid spills, taking care not to rub. Vacuum up solid spills. For wet solids, scrape as much as you can with a spoon, vacuum the area, and then go over the area with a wet rag if a spot still remains.