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Area rugs bring vibrant color and unique style to your home. They also require special attention and care that differs from regular carpet.

Basic cleaning, deep cleaning, and treating stains on your area rugs can be simple with the proper methods. Here are some best practices from the Chem-Dry professionals in Troy, Michigan.


Basic Area Rug Cleaning

The following routine maintenance can be used on most rugs of various materials and sizes.

Vacuum area rugs often. Dirt and other particles wear down rugs quickly. Vacuuming can help prevent this and preserve your rugs. Be sure to turn down the vacuum settings for shag rugs and avoid any fringe on the edges.

Gently remove pet hair from rugs with a brush. Vacuuming may not remove pet hair completely. Instead, use a stiff brush to gently remove it.

Rotate area rugs several times during the year. This can help evenly distribute foot traffic on your rugs so the edges wear evenly.

Shake rugs frequently to remove dirt and debris. Take your rugs outside and shake them each week to release particles that wear down the fibers.


Area Rug Deep Cleaning

Start by checking the care label on your rug to see the recommended care instructions for your specific type of fibers. Some materials should only be dry-cleaned or spot cleaned, so it’s crucial to know this prior to any type of cleaning.

Some smaller rugs are machine washable and can be cleaned on a delicate cycle. Place the rug in a mesh bag first to protect the fibers. When finished, hang the rug in a well ventilated area to dry.


Area Rug Stain Removal

Remember to blot—not rub—any stains on your rugs. This will keep the stain from seeping deeper into the fibers.

Try a store bought cleaning solution that’s safe for your rug material or a homemade solution with 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 1 quart warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar. Test a small area of the rug first to make sure there’s no discoloration.


Area Rug Cleaning In Troy, Michigan

Routine professional cleanings are the best way to extend the life of your rugs, plus remove allergens and bacteria. Leave your area rugs in good hands with Complete Chem-Dry of Lake Orion!

Contact us today to schedule your next area rug cleaning appointment!