Regular Cleaning Routine
A proper care & maintenance routine is key to keeping your rug in great shape for years to come. Most rugs come with a comprehensive care guide from the manufacturer, but our experts have also assembled some general care tips that are safe for most rugs!
The most important advice we can offer is to clean regularly. At least once per week, you should vacuum your area rugs to pick up loose dirt and debris that may have gotten caught in the fibers. For rugs in areas of the home that experience heavier traffic, such as hallways and entryways, you may want to vacuum more frequently.
Shag rugs require special consideration to protect their long, cable-like yarns when vacuuming. These yarns tend to wrap around beater bars of most machines, and vacuum brushes can damage the fibers. Be sure to disconnect your machine’s beater bar if it has one (you should be able to consult your owner’s manual for instructions). You can also use a carpet rake to loosen soil before vacuuming.
Handling Spills & Other Occasional Cleaning
If you spill food, beverage or some other liquid on your rug, be sure to clean it immediately by blotting the soiled area with a clean, dry cloth. You can use clean water to dampen the cloth if a dry one is ineffective. Once the stain has lifted, rinse again with a clean, damp cloth, then blot dry. Never use bleach or abrasive chemicals, and never rub or scrub the spill!
Once or twice per year, consider having your rugs cleaned professionally with the hot water extraction method.