How to Clean Area Rugs

December 13, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

Area rugs are an important part of the décor of any room. They help to tie a room together, and can add some warmth and color to any space. Of course, if they’re going to actually add to a space rather than detract from it, they need to be kept clean.

Make sure you check the care instruction tag on the rug before you begin the cleaning process. Rugs can be expensive, so it’s important to follow the directions properly so you do not waste your investment. In general, though, you can expect most rugs to include something along the lines of the following in terms of instruction for area rug cleaning in Newport, OR:

  • Take it outside: If it’s a smaller rug you’re cleaning, you should take it outside and shake it off to the fullest extent possible. This will not be feasible with larger rugs that take up much more space and are harder to maneuver.
  • Vacuum settings: You’ll want to vacuum the rug to remove any loose dirt and debris. Before you do that, however, make sure you’ve selected the right setting on your vacuum. Any vacuum you use for an area rug should have at least two speeds and should have an upholstery attachment. There are some types of vacuums that have a lower airflow specifically designed for area rugs, which can help to prolong the life of the rug and helps to prevent the rug from getting stuck in the vacuum.
  • Baking soda: Before you start vacuuming the rug, you should also sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on it. Baking soda is a natural odor neutralizer, so using it on your rug will prevent debris buildup from forming any nasty smells.
  • Vacuum: Once you’ve performed the above steps to prepare for vacuuming, you can actually begin to vacuum the rug.
  • Clean under the edges: Assuming you’re working on a larger rug that you can’t pick up and move to clean, you should roll up each side of the rug to clean underneath the edges, vacuuming up any debris that has gotten caught underneath the rug. You may need to roll up the mat as well, if you have it under the rug, to prevent it being sucked up into the vacuum.
  • Vacuum rug edges: Before you finish, vacuum one more time along the edges of the surface of the rug, which will help you remove any debris that might have loosened when you rolled it up.
  • Deep cleaning: This is where you’re going to need to pay attention to the care instructions on the rug. Once or twice a year, deep cleaning will be necessary to keep the rug in good condition, and the type of cleaning method and product you use will depend on the materials of the rug. Wool, cotton, jute and synthetic fibers all have different cleaning needs, so read the instructions carefully before you begin the cleaning process.

For more information about area rug cleaning in Newport, OR, contact Paradise Carpet Cleaners Inc. today.

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