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Care and Cleaning of Indoor Rugs

Routine vacuuming is the most important step in maintaining the beauty and extending the life of your rug. Vacuum thoroughly as needed. The more frequently you vacuum, the less likely dirt will adhere to the rug’s fibers. If your rug has a fringe, do not vacuum the fringe; we recommend sweeping it.

If the size of your rug allows, take the rug outside and shake it out; this will help remove dirt and dust that has become embedded between the fibers. Another method of cleaning is to vacuum the backside of your rug.

As a general rule, rugs should be rotated every six months to balance wear and color.

If a spill occurs, blot it dry immediately.  Do not rub. Spot clean as necessary using mild, clear dish soap and water. Do not saturate. Blot and allow to air-dry. For thorough cleaning, contact a professional rug cleaning service.

Many synthetic rugs, especially those constructed of polypropylene (olefin) or polyester can be washed outside at home.  Follow these steps:

  • Use a hard surface such as a driveway or deck and be sure that it is clean before you lay your rug out on it.
  • Next, thoroughly wet down your rug using a hose or buckets of water. Mix a small amount of clear dish soap or rug cleaner with cold or warm water (not hot!) in a bucket. Note: only a very small amount of soap is needed; err on the side of less.
  • Test the soap mixture in a small corner of the rug to be sure the soap does not cause fading or the rug’s colors to run. Let the soap sit for a few minutes, then wash it out. If there is no discoloration, it is safe to wash the full rug.
  • Using a soft scrub brush, lather the soap mixture on the rug. Once complete, thoroughly rinse the rug off. Rinse until the water runs clear of soap.
  • To expedite drying, roll the rug tightly and stand the rug upright for a few minutes to remove excess water.
  • Lay the rug completely flat to allow the rug to dry. Once the rug is dry, turn it over to allow the back to dry. Another method is to pull the rug halfway back over one end of the rug, flatten, and repeat on the other end.  Depending on the weather and the density of your rug, it may take up to a few days for your rug to fully dry.  Do not return the rug to your floor until it is completely dry.

Carpet cleaners are another method of cleaning your rug.  They work by forcing soapy water into the rug, then immediately sucking the dirty water out.  If the rug is on a hardwood floor, be sure that there is a waterproof barrier between the carpet and the floor as the water could damage your flooring.

  • Before using a carpet cleaner, thoroughly vacuum your rug.
  • Follow the directions on how to operate the carpet cleaner if you do so. Go light on the soap.
  • Start at one end of the rug and pull the carpet cleaner in smooth straight lines. Work in a direction so that you won’t have to step onto the already cleaned area. The more water the machine pulls from the carpet, the more quickly your carpet will dry.
  • If the weather allows, we recommend opening windows or setting up fans to help the carpet dry. Once the front is dry, you should turn it over to allow the back to dry.