HOW DO I KEEP MY RUGS CLEAN?
There are a number of things you can do to make sure your rugs are properly cleaned and maintained. Purchase a good vacuum cleaner and use it often; if it has bags, makes sure you change them regularly. Clean up spills as soon as they happen and use a professional cleaning company at least once per year to give your rug a deep clean. And, as with any flooring product, be sure to consult the manufacturer’s cleaning and maintenance suggestions.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT SPILLS?
If you spill something on your rug, it’s important to clean it up right away. First, pick up any solids or debris and use a clean, dry cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. Then rinse the area with warm water, blotting with your cloth or towel. You shouldn’t scrub or use hot water as this can damage individual fibers. Once the area has dried, you can vacuum over it to help restore the rug to its original appearance. If you’re considering using a rug cleaning product, be sure to follow manufacturer guidelines or consult with our flooring professionals for a recommendation.
DEEP CLEANING AREA RUGS
Regular maintenance and cleaning can only do so much: that's why you should remember to deep clean your area rugs every 12-18 months. First, give it a thorough vacuuming. Once that's done, use a sponge to work your homemade or store-bought cleaner deep into the fibers. Let the suds sit for a few minutes, then run a hose over the rug until the water is clear of suds. After drying the water off with a squeegee, lay the rug flat or hang it to dry. Once that's done, give it a once-over with the vacuum and your rug should look good as new.
If your rug isn't colorfast then these techniques will cause its colors to run. In that case, it's safest to rely on professionals when it comes to deep cleaning.