Basic Rug Care Tips

Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and, in some cases, require special attention. Here are some basic rug tips for you:

  • Washing rugs — If your rug is small and the label says “machine washable,” shake the rug outside first and then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry at the lowest heat setting.
  • Beating larger rugs — If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside first; then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it. If the label says dry clean only, then roll it up and call us for a cleaning.
  • Vacuuming area rugs — Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar. Lift the carpet edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
  • Caring for Oriental, Turkish, Persian or heirloom-type rugs — Have us clean your imported and heirloom rugs so that we can make sure we are abiding by the carpet manufacturer’s specifications. Be gentle with fringe.

Having your rug cleaned in our plant allows us to give it several treatments for a more thorough cleaning, controlled drying, and the use of various tools that are not available on location. If you would like for us to give you a free consultation for one of your rugs, give us a call.

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