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Rug Care 101: Spring Cleaning
September 17, 2019 — No Comments

Spring has finally sprung! It is the perfect time to dust off those Winter cobwebs and do a deep Spring clean.

To me, Spring cleaning is more than just a basic home cleaning. It means going through my closet and donating everything I no longer use to local shelters. It means cleaning out my spice cabinet (why do I have 3 different jars of cumin??). And it also means really giving my rugs some extra love.

I try to pay attention to my rugs all year round, I try to vacuum every week, but sometimes life gets in the way. So when I get into Spring cleaning mode it is a perfect time to check in with my rugs. Here are the steps I like to take once a year, kind of like a yearly checkup, to make sure my rugs are healthy.


Check  For Stains

Sometimes spills happen when you aren’t around and they aren’t taken care of properly, or maybe no one notices and the stain sits for months. These things happen. That’s why,  once a year, I like to inspect my rugs for any of these rogue stains. If  I  find anything, I like to attack it with one of my go-to rug stain removers – R2X and Simple  Solution  are miracle workers (but always test new cleaners on a small area of your rug to ensure it won’t cause any discoloration).

This is also a great time to evaluate if your rug needs a deep clean from a professional. It is a good  idea to do a deep clean every 1-3 years depending on how much traffic the rug sees.



For a regular low to medium pile rug (so any rug that isn’t a shag)  this is pretty straightforward. I always make sure when vacuuming my rugs to start with an empty canister (to ensure I have full suction capacity), to turn on the rotating beater bar, and adjust it according to how high or low the rug pile of that rug is. The beater bar might not seem so special but it actually helps a lot in bringing rugs back to life. The beater bar not only picks up stubborn crumbs and dirt lodged in the rug fibers, but it also agitates the fibers, which are probably smashed down from traffic and heavy furniture, which will help revive the look of your rug – making your rug look good as new.

For shag rugs vacuuming is a different story. Some shag area rugs might do fine being vacuumed the regular way, but for many,  the pile is too long and will get caught in the vacuum causing harm to the rug. For these rugs, we recommend a different type of vacuuming.

  1. Begin by turning the rug upside down with the backing facing up (for large area rugs you might find it easiest if you roll the rug up and then unroll it upside down).
  2. Using your vacuum (beater bar on) vacuum the back of the rug, this mimics the old school way of cleaning by literally beating rugs to dislodge debris. Run the vacuum over the back of the rug a few times to really shake everything loose.
  3. Roll the rug up or move it, you will notice all the debris from the rug is now on the floor, vacuum this area.  Repeat this process as many times as needed to ensure that all the crumbs are out of the rug. Once there are no crumbs left you are done and you can lay the rug out the way it was intended, shaggy side up.



Now is also a great time to remember to rotate your rugs, especially if they’re under furniture, to make sure no one area of your rug is getting super crushed by tons of foot traffic or your sofa. Bedroom rugs in particular typically have small areas of highly concentrated traffic, so it’s important to rotate them regularly.  Otherwise, you’ll end up with rugs that are dull or crushed in specific areas.

And that is how you keep your rugs beautiful! As always if you have any questions about cleaning your rugs or topics you would like us to cover, let us know, we love to hear from you!




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The Authors: Kate Roth