How to Care for Your Area Rugs

Feb 18, 2020 | Carpet Cleaning

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How to Care for Your Area RugsArea rugs are valuable investments that add a beautiful touch of color and texture to your home. Because your rugs are delicate and often pricey, it is important to keep them maintained and cared for so they last for many years to come.

Luckily, the rug cleaning experts know the best rug cleaning tips! Keep reading to learn how to deep clean and routinely care for your rugs! 

Routine Rug Cleaning

Although each area rug is unique, most rug sizes and textiles should receive the following care. 

Frequently Vacuum Your Rugs

The best way to remove dirt and dust from your rugs is to vacuum them regularly. You should avoid vacuuming the fringe on the edges of your rugs to protect them from being torn. For shag rugs or delicate rugs, be sure to adjust the power setting on the vacuum so that no fragile threads are pulled out. 

Regularly Shake Your Rugs

Another way to get rid of loose dirt is to shake your rugs. We advise shaking your rugs outdoors to prevent the dirt from getting on your carpet or wood floors.

Remove Pet Hair With a Brush

Vacuuming usually removes the majority of pet hair collected on your rugs, but sometimes there is still hair on the surface of your rugs. To remove this leftover pet hair, use a stiff brush on your rugs about once each week.

Quickly Remove Stains and Spills

If you ever notice a spill or stain on your rug, don’t let it just sit on your rug! Using a towel or rag, blot the spot away gently and carefully. Afterward, apply a DIY cleaning solution of 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water to the stain and let it work its magic. You can also try using a store-bought stain remover.

No matter what remover you use, be sure to test a small area of the rug first with the solution to ensure it doesn’t discolor the fibers. You can also try using a professional stain remover in Virginia Beach and let them do the work for you (often with better results)!

*Avoid rubbing the stain because this can bury the spot deeper into the fibers of your rug. 

Rotate Where You Put Your Rugs

Depending on where you place your area rugs, they can get extremely worn out from everyday foot traffic, especially when put in areas like the entryway, hallway, or living room. To prevent rugs in these common areas from getting worn out, we recommend rotating the locations of your rugs several times a year. 

Deep Rug Cleaning

Before you begin deep cleaning your rugs, check the labels on your rugs to see if there are special care instructions for the particular material. Some types of rugs can only be dry cleaned or spot cleaned. If your rugs are small and machine washable, place them in a mesh bag and then wash them on a delicate setting and hang to dry. For large, delicate rugs, call a professional rug cleaner in Virginia Beach. Our expert rug cleaning process at Southside Chem-Dry gently and effectively cleans your rugs with a green-certified, safe cleaning solution. 

Area Rug Cleaning In Virginia Beach

Your rugs should be treated with the utmost care—and you can trust them in the hands of the qualified technicians at Southside Chem-Dry.  We offer expert area rug cleaning and stain removal in Virginia Beach. Our rug cleaning process normally includes using a pre-spray cleaner, a gentle submersion bath, and drying and fringe cleaning, but we modify this process to meet the specific needs of your area rug. We also clean all types of area rugs, including delicate fringe, antique rugs, and more!

Request an appointment for an area rug cleaning in Virginia Beach today and don’t forget to use our coupons to save money on your cleaning!

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