How To Care For Rugs
Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and, in some cases, require special attention.
- Washing rugs — Your rugs should be cleaned roughly every 18-24 months and in certain circumstances more often. Rugs in kitchens and high traffic areas may need cleaning every 6 months, while rugs in formal living rooms or dining rooms may only need cleaning every 3-5 years. A good way to test if a rug needs cleaning is to get a ruler and a piece of paper. Flip a corner of the over top of the piece of paper and while holding the rug off the paper just slightly begin to lightly beat the back of the rug for 1-2 minutes. You will begin to see small particles of dirt and fiber falling from your rug. This fiber is generally the color of the rug and cut loose by the agitation caused from soil building deep in your rugs’ foundation.
- Beating larger rugs — If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside first; then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it.
- Vacuuming area rugs — Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Vacuum the rug side to side avoiding vacuuming towards the fringes.