Rugs add texture, color, warmth, and style to your home—plus protection for your flooring beneath. If you’ve ever taken on a search for the perfect area rug, you know there are countless combinations of sizes, patterns, and materials to choose from.
Area rugs come in many different natural and man-made materials, and each type requires its own unique cleaning method. But don’t worry—knowing how to care for your specific type of rug can be simple with the following maintenance tips.
These types of rugs are often older, delicate, antique pieces, which means they require extra attention to be properly maintained. When vacuuming, it’s wise to place a nylon screen over the rug then vacuum over the top. As far as spot cleaning and deep cleaning goes, these should only be cleaned by professionals who specialize in area rug cleaning.
These are the most popular type of rugs that are made from piled carpeting. Similar to wall-to-wall carpeting, it’s important to vacuum them often and spot clean spills or stains. Professional area rug cleaning at least each year will help extend the lifespan of pile rugs.
Vacuum wool rugs often—at least every other week. Also shake wool rugs each week as dust and debris can accumulate in the fibers. While wool rugs tend to shed, this should slow down as the rug becomes worn in.
Natural Fiber Rugs
This includes rugs made from plant-based materials like seagrass, sisal, or jute. Not only are these rugs eco-friendly, they also provide a stunning, organic look in the home. However, moisture can damage natural fiber rugs, so be aware. Think of natural fiber rugs as delicate clothing that needs dry cleaned regularly, and avoid steam cleaners, moisture, or harsh cleaning solutions/shampoos. Vacuum them regularly and spot clean stain using a natural fiber rug cleaner, then have a professional deep clean them at least once each year.
Try sprinkling talcum powder on the rug and let it sit overnight. The following day, shake out the powder then repeat the process as necessary.
Flat Weave Rugs
These are typically a low maintenance option that are easy to clean compared to higher pile rugs. Shake out flat weave rugs weekly and vacuum as needed. Check each rug’s tag for specific care instructions. If it says dry clean only, have a professional clean your rug annually.
Area Rug Cleaning In Tacoma, Washington
Whatever types of rugs you have in your home, they all have one thing in common—rotating them often and keeping them clean will make them last significantly longer. Green Leaf Chem-Dry has the methods, solutions, and expertise to gently yet powerfully clean your area rugs, no matter their size or material.
Leave your rugs in good hands with Green Leaf Chem-Dry in Tacoma. Not only will we carefully clean them so they look their best, but we’ll remove harmful bacteria and allergens in the process—making your Tacoma home a safer place to be.