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How to Clean Your Area Rugs

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Things You Need:

  • Vacuum
  • Rug spot cleaner
  • Cleaning cloths

Keeping your area rugs clean will not only keep them looking great, but will also help them last a long time. With the proper care of your area rugs, you'll be able to enjoy their beauty for years to come.

Cleaning Rugs:

  1. Wool rugs: Vacuum your wool rugs at least once a week. Most manufacturers recommend disabling beater bars and brush bars when vacuuming wool rugs. Get a professional cleaning done every one to two years. Blot spills as quickly as possible with a white cloth; then spot treat.

  2. Cotton rugs: Small rugs can be machine washed in warm water with a mild detergent; larger rugs should be beaten thoroughly and then vacuumed. Professional cleaning can fade a cotton rug. Stains will need to be treated by hand: Dab with a dry towel, followed by a damp towel. For stubborn food stains, try a combination of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide or a dry cleaning powder.

  3. Other natural fiber rugs: Vacuum the rug weekly, vacuuming the underside, too, if possible. Professional cleaners should only use a dry extraction process, not steam or shampoo, on the rug. Blot spills immediately with a clean towel.

  4. Synthetics rugs: Vacuum regularly and care for synthetic rugs following the same guidelines as wool rugs.

  5. Silk rugs: Vacuum weekly on low suction without a beater bar. Have your silk rug cleaned every one to two years by a professional who specializes in silk or antique rugs. Blot spills with a towel, then douse spot with water and blot it again, but never rub. Repeat until the stain is gone. Do not use chemical spot cleaners.

Warnings:

  1. Before you use any rug cleaning products on your rug, test them in a small, unnoticeable place to make sure the cleaner will not fade or damage your rug.

  2. Always read and follow the manufacturer's care instructions that come with your area rug.

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