Area rugs are a great way to brighten up any room and quickly turn it from drab to fab. However, they can also gather dirt, dust and grime in their fibers, so they need regular cleaning.

Cleaning your rug isn’t as simple as just running a vacuum cleaner over it; there’s a lot more that you need to do to ensure your rug looks clean and doesn’t harbor harmful bacteria.

With the global pandemic still raging, cleanliness has never been more critical. Area rugs are easily overlooked, but they can hold many dirt and particles that could harm you and your loved ones.

At Palmetto Carpet & Flooring Covers, we understand that keeping your rug clean and neat is essential to keeping your home looking perfect.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some practical cleaning tips to help you to ensure that your rug always looks beautiful, no matter what dirt and grime it comes into contact with in your property.

Buy A Quality Rug

The first step towards a clean rug is to buy the right one. You need to make sure that you buy a high-quality area rug that is well-suited for its purpose.

For example, if you have pets in your home, you need a durable rug to clean mud and dirt from easily. If you have kids, you need to make sure that your new rug does not have any tassels or other adornments that your child could tear and break.

We offer a wide range of area rugs in many different styles, shapes and colors. As such, you can find the perfect area rug that suits your style, requirements and tastes.

Check The Material Your Rug Is Made Out Of Before You Begin

Once you’ve purchased your dream area rug, you need to find out about its material. Rugs are made of many different fabrics and blends, including wool, velvet, cotton or animal products such as cowhide, leather or suede.

Each type of material requires a different approach to cleaning. Some rugs will include several different materials, so you should read the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.

Some types of rug can be placed in the washing machine, which will make it easier for you to clean. Alternatively, others require specialist cleaning products.

Test Out Cleaning Products

When buying cleaning products for your rug, you should test them out on a small batch of the material or a different article of clothing or upholstery before using them on your rug.

If you use them on your rug before you test them out, then you could find that they strip your rug of its color or damage the fabric.

When you’re testing out the cleaning products, you use the product on a small section as directed on the packaging. Once you’ve cleaned the patch of material, you should watch for any damage or discoloration.

If you’re happy with the result of your test, then you can use the cleaning product on the entirety of the rug. If you are not satisfied with your area rug’s cleanliness after using the product, you should consider choosing another solution.

After some trial and error, you should be able to find the perfect cleaning products that will fit your budget and make your area rug look as good as new for many years.

Deal With Stains Promptly

It’s unfortunate, but sometimes accidents, such as spills or stains, are unavoidable. If you ever spill anything that stains on your rug or gets very dirty, you need to be proactive.

As such, you should keep some stain remover or rug cleaner close to hand so that you always have it within reach in case of an emergency.

It would help if you immediately spread the rug with the stain remover or cleaning product to stop the stain from getting absorbed into the fabric.

Then, you should remove the rug from the floor and out of the reach of any remaining spilt liquid. Once your rug is safely out of harm’s way, you can clean it thoroughly to remove the stain and reduce the chances of it remaining as a blight on your beautiful rug.

Let The Rug Dry Before Putting It Back On The Floor

After you have cleaned your area rug, you need to make sure that it is completely dry before returning it to the floor. If you put a wet or damp rug on the floor, it could attract bacteria or even mold.

Additionally, any grime and dirt that it comes into contact with will stick to the wet fabric more than it would if the rug were dry.

Most rugs aren’t suitable for the tumble dryer, as these appliances might damage the rug and make it harder for it to retain its shape.

As such, you should air-dry your rug, either outside if the weather is fine or indoors in a warm room with a window open if it is not.

Consider Replacing Your Rug

If your current rug is old and hard to clean, then it could be the right time to replace it with a new one. Rugs that have been washed regularly and experienced a lot of wear will be hard to restore to their previous lustre.

Palmetto Carpet & Flooring Covers offers a wide range of area rugs, as well as carpets, luxury vinyl flooring, and many other quality flooring solutions for clients throughout the Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, areas.

As well as our high-quality flooring products, we also provide advice through our blog. So, whatever type of flooring you have in your home right now and the type you want to install in the future, we can assist.

To find out more about our selection of new rugs and how we could help you to find the perfect flooring solution for your home, get in touch. We’re happy to assist homeowners throughout South Carolina and help them to choose the flooring option that suits their home and lifestyle.