Area Rug Care & Maintenance

“Area rug care & maintenance” 

Start by having guests and family members remove shoes before walking across your rug. This will minimize the amount of dirt brought in and dragged across your flooring. Dirt particles damage rugs over time! Place carpet protectors under all furniture legs, limit exposure to direct sunlight, and take caution when relocating furniture. Vacuum your rug a couple of times a week with a manufacturer-approved appliance. Twice a week should be sufficient, especially if your rug is in an area with light to medium traffic.

Cleaning shag rugs

For shag area rugs, it’s very important to protect the cable yarn when vacuuming. Not only can long yarns on from the area rug wrap around your vacuum’s beater bar (also known as a rotator brush) but the brush itself can damage your rug. To prevent such damage, consult your vacuum manual to see about disconnecting the beater bar before vacuuming. Once it’s disconnected, set your vacuum to the lowest height setting, which provides the best suction.

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Coffee spill on area rug | Markville Carpet & Flooring

Dealing with spills & stains

If you spill something on a rug, treat it as you would carpet: clean it up right away. Use a dry, clean cloth to blot up any solids. Then, rinse the area with warm water and then soak up as much as possible. Never bleach your rug. If the spot dries and a stain remains, use a manufacturer-approved carpet cleaner only and consult with your manufacturer's care instructions.

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