Rugs are an easy solution for adding warmth and softness to floors with cold ceramic tiles or hardwood. They also add aesthetic charm to a room and help the space feel more grounded. With routine rug cleaning, these carpets can last for many years. Here are a few things you can do to keep them looking their best.
How to Keep Your Rugs Clean
1. Vacuum Regularly
Regular rug cleaning with a vacuum removes dirt, dust, and allergens that can build up in the fibers, improving air quality in your home. When buying a vacuum for your rug, select one that has enough suction and the right type of floorhead. Soft bristles work well for short pile rugs. If the fibers in your rug are taller and looser, a vacuum with hard bristles is your best bet. Also, consider a unit that has a HEPA filter if you or other residents have allergies.
2. Clean Spills Immediately
It's imperative that you clean spills as soon as they occur to prevent permanent staining. Blot out accidental spills with a cloth or sponge. Follow it up with a light misting of detergent and blot the area a few more times until it’s clean. Deep stains from liquids like coffee, wine, or inks will likely require professional rug cleaning, especially if they dried before you could tackle them.
3. Turn Your Rug Around
People often use the same pathways in their homes, causing rugs or carpet to develop a traffic pattern. You can prevent these signs of wear by rotating your rugs 180 degrees or placing them in different areas of your home every few months.
4. Snip Loose Strands
It’s not uncommon to find loose fibers in your rugs once you’ve had them for a while. When you notice these wayward strands, carefully snip them away with a sharp blade or scissors. Avoid pulling on them, as doing so can cause a run or a large tear.
5. Get Professional Help
Have your rugs professionally cleaned once a year. Rug cleaning companies know which solutions are best to use on various fabrics without causing any damage to the fibers or the backing. They can even apply a stain protection solution to ensure that spills are easier to clean in the future.
Bring your rugs back to life with Jackson's Carpet Cleaning in Russellville, AR. With more than 20 years of experience, these professionals provide the area’s best carpet and rug cleaning services, upholstery cleaning, and steam cleaning, ensuring your carpets will look like-new, every time. Contact them online for more information, or call them at (479) 968-6499 to discuss your project today.