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Spring Cleaning – Rug Care 101
July 19, 2018 — 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   is  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*.

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.

 

Vacuum

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, 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 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 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.

 

Rotate

Now is also a great time to remember to rotate your rugs. This makes sure no one area of your rug is getting super crushed by tons of foot traffic  or your sofa. If you skip this step, over time your rugs will become dull or crushed in certain areas, this ensures even wear.

 

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!

kate

*Before trying any  stain remover or cleaning solution make sure to  test a small area of your rug first to make sure it does not  cause  discoloration.

 

 

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