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3 Area Rug Cleaning Basics For Your Home

Jan 9, 2023 | Area Rug Cleaning

colorful area rugs layered on top of each other

Area rugs bring beautiful color, texture, and diversity to our homes, and also require special care to be maintained.

Here are the basic principles of area rug cleaning and stain removal so you can keep your precious textiles looking their best throughout the years.

Routine Rug Cleaning

Most rug sizes and materials should receive the following basic care. 

Vacuum area rugs often. Remove dirt and particles from your rugs by vacuuming them regularly. Avoid vacuuming fringe on the edges and turn down your vacuum settings appropriately for shag rugs. 

Gently remove pet hair with a brush. Vacuuming may not be enough to remove pet hair from area rugs. Use a stiff brush to remove the pet hair about once each week.

Rotate rugs several times throughout the year. Foot traffic can wear rugs down quickly, but rotating your rugs can help. Turn your rugs multiple times each year so they wear evenly. 

Shake rugs frequently. Doing so can remove dirt and other particles. Shake them outdoors if possible.

Rug Deep Cleaning

Start by checking the labels on your rugs to see if there are special care instructions for your particular material. Some rugs may only be dry-cleaned or spot cleaned. 

If your rugs are small and machine washable, place them in a mesh bag then wash them on a delicate setting and hang them to dry. 

Area Rug Stain Removal 

If there’s ever a spill on your rug, blot it away gently. Avoid rubbing the stain as it can sink deeper into the rug fibers. 

Try using a cleaning solution of 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water. You can also try a store-bought stainer removing spray. Just be sure to test a small area of the rug first in case the cleaning solution discolors the fibers. 

Area Rug Cleaning In Santa Monica, California

Your rugs should be treated with care—and you can trust them in the hands of Delta Chem-Dry. Trust us for all of your area rug cleaning and maintenance needs!  

 Delta Chem-Dry services the greater Santa Monica area including Bell CanyonBrentwoodMalibu, and Pacific Palisades.

Request an appointment for area rug cleaning in Santa Monica, CA today.


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