Rugs are a cost-effective way to add a touch of style to your home. There are a million rugs available on the market right now – different colors, shapes and even textures. So you do not have to look far to find the perfect fit to change your living room into a cozy cocoon.
While most rugs are cheaper on the market nowadays, you still want to make sure that your investments last. Rugs have many benefits that we do not take the time to appreciate, but while there are numerous benefits, some rugs require high maintenance. In this article, we will go through everything you will want to know about rug maintenance…
One of the easiest ways to maintain your rug is to vacuum often. Rugs trap dust easily and if your rug is found in a high traffic area, it is more prone to get dirty more easily. So you will need to vacuum your rug at least two times a week.
Sometimes vacuuming on its own is not sufficient. You will need to shake your rugs from time to time; it will help loosen embedded dirt and dust that have held onto the material.
Pro Tip: Choose your rug material wisely, as some materials tend to hold onto dirt and dust more easily. I recommend you go for some synthetic rugs as they are more affordable and if you take good care of them, they can last for quite some time.
We all fear liquid spills on our rugs, but nowadays, most rugs are designed to resist the damage of a spill. Even though they are more spill-friendly, you still need to know how to deal with the situation if it arises.
When you spill something on your rug, you better proceed quickly as the more you wait the more the rug will absorb the liquid.
Do not rub onto the liquid; it will push it deeper into the fabric. I recommend you blot the liquid with a small light dab. It won’t remove all the liquid but will get rid of the excess liquid and prevent worsening damage. You may use a cleaning product to get rid of the stain if there’s any, do not use a random product as it may damage your rug.
Test the product on a small discreet part of the rug first to see how it reacts. Some products are designed for cleaning rugs, and you can carry out some research before buying.
If you do not know how to proceed, you can get your rug professionally cleaned, but we will guide you through it if you do not have the means or have spare time to do it yourself.
You will start by vacuuming your rug to remove the dust. You will proceed by spraying your rug with a cleaner, or you can use a mild dishwasher if you are unsure about what product to use. Simply dilute some dishwasher in a bucket of warm water, do not use hot water. It can shrink your fibers or fade your rug’s color.
Use a sponge and work the cleaner into the rug for a few minutes. When you are done, let it sit for a few hours. You will want to use a garden hose to rinse the rug, make sure that there is no soap left. Let it dry completely on both sides. Once you are done, finish by vacuuming it once again.
Here is the ultimate guide for maintaining your rug. If you follow these instructions, your rug will last for years. Keep in mind that the deep cleaning process can be done once or twice a year. It depends if your rug is situated in a high-traffic area. Let us know in the comments if you clean your rug often…