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                                                                               Why and How to Clean Area Rugs

 

When floors are not carpeted, area rugs are an affordable, decorative alternative for your home with many practical benefits. They trap dirt and dust, can prevent slip and fall accidents, and more. Yet, similar to carpeting, they must be cleaned regularly to maintain a healthy living environment. 

 

                                                                            Why Cleaning Area Rugs is Important

Foot traffic, airborne particles, as well as pet hair and dander are common causes of dust and dirt buildup on these floor coverings. When not cleaned regularly, they can begin to smell, affect indoor air quality, and even attract bugs. Those with allergies or respiratory conditions may find themselves particularly impacted.

 

                                                                                     How to Keep Area Rugs Clean

As highlighted above, proper routine area rug cleaning is crucial for several reasons. Use these three tips to have not only clean but great-looking rugs in your home:

  • Vacuum Regularly
  • Select the Right Vacuum: Use a vacuum that is appropriate for your rug’s type. If possible, opt for one with a beater bar or rotating brush to achieve a deeper clean. 
  • Adopt an Effective Vacuuming Strategy: Vacuuming at least weekly is recommended, more often if the rug is in a high-traffic area. This will keep dust and dirt from settling deeper into its fibers. Vacuum in several directions to remove dirt from all sides of the fibers.
  • Address Spills on Area Rugs Immediately and Correctly
  • Blot, Don’t Rub Any Spills: Promptly cleaning up spills will discourage mold growth. When a spill occurs, blot the affected area with a cloth or paper towel. Alternatively, rubbing the spill will help it spread and push it deeper into the fibers. 
  • Use a Mild Cleaner: Clean using a mild detergent solution or a cleaner.Then, rinse the area with water and blot until it is completely dry.
  • Make Time for Area Rug Deep Cleaning
    • Choose Who Will Clean and How Often: Deep cleaning at least once a year is recommended. If it is in a high-traffic area or you are a pet owner, more frequent cleaning may be necessary. You can either rent a rug cleaner or hire a cleaning service.
  • Properly Dry the Rug: Lay it in a well-ventilated area or hang it to dry. Placing it back on the floor immediately after cleaning can lead to the growth of mold and mildew.

By regularly vacuuming, promptly addressing spills, and making time for area rug deep cleanings, you prioritize the health of your loved ones, maintain the beauty of your home, and extend the life of your area rugs. Get hands-on help ensuring the cleanliness of the rest of your home – request a free house cleaning quote from our team today!

 

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