Rug Care & Maintenance

A lot of modern vacuum cleaners are designed for cleaning wall-to-wall carpet and hardwood flooring which needs powerful suction. So, they are usually very harsh when you use them in a normal setting. It is always wise to use a canister or upright vacuum which doesn't have a beater bar. 
  • Use either handheld attachment of vacuum cleaner or turn it to the lowest setting possible if the canister vacuum is not available. 
  • If your vacuum has a brush (beater bar) and you are not using an attachment, raise or remove the same as high as you can. Vacuum it well as brush can remove fibers off the backing of rug or cause fuzzing. 
  • Check the bag or canister to remove rug fibers. In the case of all rugs, shedding is normal. If the canister is filled with lots of fiber, it is a sign that vacuuming is going to be very harsh. So, you need to adjust the setting well.  
  • Don’t vacuum fringes or bound edges on carpets. It can destroy the edges. 
  • Wool can hide lots of dirt before it shows on the surface. Get rid of excess dirt by vacuuming on all sides. 
How to do spot cleaning?
  • Use a clean white cloth to blot the spills quickly instead of rubbing it. Don’t let the spill to set as stain would be even harder to clean. Stain can go deeper into the surface by rubbing it.  
  • Apply a small amount of product to a subtle area to test the compatibility with the surface. 
  • Use carpet rug cleaner on all fabrics that are safe with water. 
  • Blot up wet stains and remove dry or loose soil with clean sponge or cloth. Clean up the soiled area with a rug cleaner. 
  • Let the cleaner dry for a few minutes so the soil will loosen down in fibers.
  • Use a clean sponge or cloth for blotting extra products from the surface. 
  • Let the surface dry for up to 30 minutes. 
  • It may be vital to repeat cleaning and brush the area in application to deal with stubborn stains. 
Professional cleaning is also recommended along with regular cleaning. They should have a reliable cleaner to keep your carpets fresh and new. 
Cleaning up different types of rugs 
  • Apply carpet rug cleaner to dirty space after removing loose/dry soil and use a clean sponge to remove wet stains.
  • Let the rug cleaner to loosen soil from within the fibers and allow it to dry for a few minutes.
  • Use a sponge or clean cloth for blotting extra products from the surface. 
  • Let the area to dry for up to 20-30 minutes 
  • You may want to repeat the process to remove excess stains and brush the area softly while applying it.
Note- Vacuum the hooked/tufted rugs with suction. Run along with your hand to the rug surface to find out the direction fibers flow in. Electric carpet sweepers can also be used. Spills can be cleaned well with citric or acetic acid. 
Natural Fibers 
  • Loose fibers may pool under the surface and break down. Along with surface vacuuming, you also need to clean up the floor under the rug. 
  • Sprouting is known as loose fibers that poke up off the surface. Instead of pulling them out, snip down to the rug surface. 
  • From the outer edge, blot well to the center with a white cloth. After blotting wet stains and removing dry or loose soil with a clean cloth, apply rug cleaner to the soiled surface. 
  • Let the rug cleaner to penetrate through the fibers to loosen soil for around 5 minutes.
  • Use a clean cloth/sponge to blot extra products. 
  • Let the surface to dry for around 30 minutes
  • You may want to repeat the process of cleaning for stubborn stains and/or brush the area softly in the application. 
  • Use professional rug cleaner for any hard stains. 
Indoor/outdoor rugs 
These types of rugs may be cleaned either with general methods indoors or you can take them outdoors. 
  • Check the label on the rug's back to make sure it is best for outdoor use. All synthetics are not meant to serve this purpose. 
  • Blend a small amount of mild detergent with water to clean up the whole surface and rinse using garden hose. 
  • Let both ends of the rug dry outdoors fully in direct sunlight. 
Shag rugs 
  • They may have matted or flattened look when removed from packaging. Fluff the surface to deal with it. 
  • Compared to other types of rugs in higher piles, a huge amount of shedding is expected. 
  • Turn the rug down before vacuuming and shake it well to dislodge the dirt which has been trapped in fibers. 
  • Vacuum between separate rows with suction. 
  • Shake the clean leather out. You can also use an electric sweeper. 
  • Don’t use the chemical cleaner as it can break down the material and cause further staining. 
  • Use a clean cloth to blot spills.