5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Rugs in Your Home

If your house is filled with decorative rugs, then you know all of the beauty and character that they bring to your home. However, if you happen to have children or pets, then you also know how much of a challenge it can be to keep them clean and properly maintained so that they can last for years to come.

The good news is that there are some relatively simple things that you can do to keep your rugs in great shape. If you’d like some tips on how to do that, please continue reading.

Don’t wear shoes in the house. When it comes to protecting your carpets and your rugs, something that you should definitely implement is a “no shoes” rule in your home. Being that so much dirt and debris is tracked in from the outside by your shoes, you can easily reduce this by making sure everyone has on socks as much as possible while walking around. In fact, consider purchasing some new socks that you can put in a basket by your front door for when guests arrive.

Take rugs outside to beat twice a month. One way to know if your rugs are loaded with dust is to lift up one corner of them and gently kick them. If dust comes up, then you know that you need to take them outside to beat against the corner of your house. This will prevent dust from flying throughout the rooms of your house. Plus, by opting to do this instead of vacuuming them, you don’t have to worry about any of the fibers getting caught up inside of your vacuum.

Wash the rugs. When it comes time to wash your rugs, it’s always best to use a product that is specifically made to keep rugs clean such as Chem-Dry. If you would prefer to use something that has less chemicals in it, you can always go with a mild shampoo and a bucket of cool water. Just make sure that whatever you use, you avoid anything that has ammonia in it. Over time, that can actually damage the fibers of your rugs. With the cleaning solution and a brush, wash the carpet for about 10 minutes. Then it’s time for the next step.

Rinse the rugs. After your rugs are shampooed up, it’s then time to rinse them. Simply place them under a faucet of running water. Once the water runs clean, then squeeze out the excess water with your hands.

Let them air dry. Finally, lay the rugs down flat on either your porch or deck outside or on your kitchen flooring until it is completely dry. Do keep in mind that if you opt to lay them inside, it will probably take a lot longer than if you lay them out in the sun (especially if it’s during the summer season). If after the rugs are dry, you happen to notice that they seem a bit stiff, you can usually loosen them up by gently brushing them. Then they’ll be ready to go back into your various rooms. For information on where to get the right cleaning supplies for your rugs, visit your local home improvement store.

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