Rug cleaning is important for maintaining a neat and healthy home. And, if you have custom rugs, your floors definitely deserve some special treatment.
You probably already follow a vacuuming routine to help keep your area rugs dirtless and hair-free. However, for specialty custom rugs or shag carpets, vacuuming alone might be ineffective. Without careful cleaning habits, your rug simply won’t last as long or look as good.
If you’re looking for ways to keep your rugs spectacularly clean and in good condition, read on. Here are four cleaning secrets from the pros for keeping all kinds of rugs and carpets spotless and soft.
Blot Away Stains, But Never Scrub Them!
Just as you wouldn’t scrub a stain on a shirt, avoid rubbing stains deeper into a carpet. Instead, try to use gentle blotting or pressing motions to lift liquid staining materials from a carpet. Blot with a clean white cloth so that you can more easily see when the discoloration is no longer present on the carpet’s surface.
The pros all know that different spills and stains require different removal agents. For example, fatty stains from butter or oil might be best treated with dish soap. Wax drippings from candles can be melted off with a blow dryer and a cloth, while entangled, sticky candy is best lifted by prying with a butter knife and then rinsing with water.
Try Deep-Cleaning with Steam
Proper care for custom rugs goes beyond stain removal. To ensure your luxury rug is well cared for, consider deep cleaning it every now and then with a steam treatment. Steam cleaners inject moisture deep in the carpet’s fibers to help loosen debris, then extract the hot water and dirt, leaving your carpets fresher than ever before.
Skip the Beater Bar for Fine Rugs
Finally, when vacuuming custom rugs or shag carpets, avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar attachment. This device whacks the fibers at a high speed to shake dust and hair loose, but on finer carpets, it can cause too much damage. The suction of a vacuum without the beater bar will sufficiently clean the fibers without wearing the rug prematurely.
According to a HomeGoods survey, only about one in five Americans (20%) feel happy with their home decor. Fall back in love with your rugs by giving them the deep clean they deserve. With these maintenance tips, your custom made rugs and carpets will stay fresh and look new for years to come. For more information, give us a call at Koeckritz Rugs today!