Area rugs are the perfect way to add warmth to a living space without the hassle of wall-to-wall carpet. But just like everything else in high-traffic areas of your home, they can take quite a beating and become dirtier than you might think. Follow these tips and tricks to help rugs stay fresh and clean instead of old and dingy:
- Weekly Cleaning
The best way to keep things under control is to clean often. At least once a week, vacuum your rug to pick up crumbs, dust and dirt that’s accumulated over the week. Remember that popcorn you had last week on the couch? Remnants are probably hiding in your rug, so take time to suck small debris up!
- Tackle Stains as they happen
Whether it’s tomato sauce, coffee or mud from your kid’s tennis shoes, stains are a part of life. Treat dirty areas of your rug with a stain remover to keep your rug’s colors looking bright, right when the mess happens. If you wait too long, there’s a lesser chance of getting the spot out.
- Give set in stains some TLC
It’s happened to all of us: we spot a pet accident after the fact. Not to worry—you can still deep clean it with a hands-free spot cleaner. Get deep into the carpet fibers to lift the entire stain out of the rug.
- Deep Clean to really refresh
Tracked-in dirt, spills and accidents add up over time, so deep clean your rugs once every few months to keep them looking brand new. Since rugs are usually thinner and less sturdy than most carpet, use a machine that was built with area rugs in mind.
Follow these tips to keep your area rugs doing what they’re meant for—making your home more beautiful! And don’t forget: it’s always important to check the cleaning instructions for your particular rug before washing or spot-treating to ensure you don’t damage it.