Area rugs are not inexpensive and you want to protect your investment with proper care. Area rug cleaning care, however, is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Size, construction, material, and other factors all have bearing on how you should clean and care for them.
You need to take rug care seriously if you want a beautiful home because rugs are one of the most easily ruined features of a home. They can be either an eye-catching centerpiece to your home or an eyesore that you wish you could hide.
Vacuum large rugs regularly.
In general, you should care large area rugs as you would carpet. As The single most important thing you can do to maintain it is to vacuum it daily. Be careful never to vacuum fringe on a rug.
Vacuuming keeps the rug clean, of course, and prevents premature aging. It keeps it durable, soft and well-maintained. It will give it a rich and well-cared look. Heck, it may even look brand new.
Get rid of pet hair.
Of course, ignore this tip if you don’t have any pet. However, if you do, you know all too well how much their hair can really bury itself into tapestries, rugs, clothes and more. A vacuum will not always pick up all pet hair. Use a stiff brush to pick up the pet hair.
Turn rugs annually.
This will help to minimize the aging of the rug over time. As we already discussed, area rugs are not cheap and you want them to last as long as they possibly can. The sun and people walking on a rug can wear it out. Turning it regularly will even out the wear and tear.
Shake small rugs.
You can take a small area rug outside and shake it or beat it against a fence or porch rail. This will remove dirt, hair and grit that may be stuck in. Be sure to put some power behind your shaking and beating, though. It is also important to be respectful of neighbors and passersby. Nobody wants your rug grit in their eye or nose!
Deep clean all rugs
All area rugs should be deep cleaned every 12-18 months. When using any cleaning product (homemade carpet cleaners, included) for the first time you are always advised to test a small area first. Use a foam, spray or other carpet cleaning solution on all of your area rugs. Larger area rugs might benefit from a deep clean from a carpet steam cleaner or a carpet shampooer, as well. This will ensure a long life for your rug as well as that your home is clean and sanitary.
In general, most of what you do with your wall to wall carpeting can be done to your area rugs. Remember to keep in mind the material that it is made of and be sure that whatever you choose to put on it will not stain or damage it. Also, keep in mind never to vacuum the fringe or edges of an area rug.