How to Take Care of Your Rug

Due to the recent introduction of easy-to-apply adhesives and underlays, the task of installing a rug in your home or office space has been made quite easy. However, maintaining a rug, especially where there are tons of foot traffic, is still something people are having trouble with.

And since rugs can be quite expensive, we are here to help. Here are some tips and tricks through which you can take care of your rug and ensure they last as long as possible while looking good as new.

Part 1 – General Care

The first and foremost thing you should do if you own a rug in your home or office is to vacuum it on a regular basis. This will not only prevent dust from piling up but will also help it maintain its fluffy texture shape. That said, with the many different types of vacuums out there, the question arises which one to use.

Vacuuming

The vacuum of choice for rugs is usually an upright or canister vacuum that does not come with a beater bar attached. This is mainly due to the fact that a beater bar can damage the fibers on your rug, making it look flattened over time.

Here are some other things which you should consider when vacuuming your rug:

  • If you are using a traditional non-canister vacuum, there are two things which you can do. Either you can use the vacuum’s handheld attachment if it comes with one, or you can choose the lowest possible setting available on the vacuum.
  • For those using a vacuum with a beater bar, you have two options. You can either raise the beater bar to its highest possible setting or you can completely remove it when cleaning the rug. This is extremely important as using one can greatly damage your rug by pulling out its fibers.
  • Always check the vacuum’s canister after vacuuming as this can let you know how well of a job you are doing. Though it is normal for your rug to shed, a large number of fibers can mean that you are doing something wrong. Try lower setting next time you vacuum.

Cleaning

Dropped or spilled something on your rug and worried about it leaving a permanent stain? Well, here are some tips and tricks through which you can ensure nothing like this happens in the future.

  • If something spills on your rug, clean it immediately with a plain white cloth. Delaying this can cause the stain to go deeper into your rug, making it even harder to clean later on.
  • Always, and we mean always dab/blot the cloth on the stain. Never rug as this will not only cause the fibers to break apart but it can also make the stain spread out.
  • If you plan on cleaning your rug with a cleaning product, always test it on an inconspicuous area.
  • For dealing with stubborn stains, patience is key. Repeat the process instead of cleaning it more aggressively. Or, consult professional help.

Part 2 – Cleaning Specific Rugs

The general care tips and tricks mentioned above usually work for traditional rugs and carpets. However, the same can not be said for other types. As a result, we have taken the time out to bring you a cleaning guide on the many different types of rugs available. So, without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Natural Fibers

Rugs with natural fibers are extremely delicate and this is why taking care of one is quite difficult. That said, here are some tips and tricks to help you take care of one.

  • It is normal for a natural fiber rug to shed. As a result, it is always recommended to vacuum one on a regular basis to avoid build-up.
  • Sprouting is when you see loose fibers poking out of your rug. This is normal. However, pulling these fibers out can damage your rug. To fix this issue, it is recommended that you snip them down.
  • Clean fiber rugs with precision and patience, if you wish to avoid damaging them.
  • After cleaning, allow the area to dry for a minimum of 15 to 30 minutes.
  • For stubborn stains, repeat the process instead of applying more effort. Or, better yet, seek professional help.

Shaggy Rugs

Similar to rugs made out of natural fibers, shaggy rugs require an extra bit of attention when cleaning or vacuuming. This is due to its extremely delicate nature. That said, here are some additional things to consider if you wish to take care of your shaggy rug.

  • After installation, if the rug seems flattened, do not worry. This is common. Simply fluff the rug up by hand to fix this issue.
  • Shedding is normal in rugs. However, shaggy rugs tend to shed a lot more when compared to other, traditional rugs. So, if you feel your rug is shedding a lot, relax. It’s normal.
  • Before vacuuming, turn the rug upside down and gently shake it to remove any dirt that may have gotten trapped inside the fibers.
  • Always use a suction only attachment when vacuuming a shaggy rug.

Leather/Cowhide

Here are some tips and tricks to remember if you own a leather or a cowhide rug.

  • The best way to clean leather or cowhide rugs is by shaking the dust-out. Additionally, you can also use an electric carpet sweeper, if you own one.
  • Stay away from any chemical solvents or products. This will not only break the rug down but will also permanently stain the rug.
  • If you spill anything on the rug, lightly dap or blot with a clean white cloth.

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Unlike indoor rugs that require special attention when it comes to cleaning, outdoor rugs are a bit more rugged which means you can opt for general cleaning methods. This includes using a mixture of clear, mild detergent mixed with water.

  • Not all rugs are outdoor rugs, even if they say they are durable. That said, you can always check the label on the rug to see if it is suitable for outdoor use.
  • If you plan on cleaning the rug, bring it indoors and then clean it.
  • After cleaning, it is recommended that you allow both sides of the rug to dry off completely. Keeping it in direct sunlight can speed up the process.

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