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Journal

September 9th

Cleaning Area Rugs

   Area rugs are very durable, but spills and stains are bound to happen, especially if there are small children in the house. Below are some general guidelines to help keep your rugs in the best of shape.

General Care
     The first step in caring for you rugs is regular vacuuming.  This not only removes grit, but also prolongs the life of your rug.  Be careful if you have a fringed rug, because a vacuum machine will damage the edges of the fringe.  If the fringe needs cleaning, it is better to use a broom or a brush.  Once or twice a year it also helps to flip the rug over and vacuum its back.  This helps knock out grit that has fallen into the rug’s foundation. Depending on how much traffic your rug sees, it is a good idea to rotate your rug every six months to a year.  This helps ensure even wear of the rug’s pile.
     Over time, grit and dirt will become embedded so deeply in your rug that it will require a professional cleaning.  This will not only remove the deeply embedded dirt, it will also brighten the rug’s overall appearance. It is recommended that a rug be thoroughly, professionally cleaned every 4-5 years. This timeline depends on the amount of traffic that the rug gets.
     If you need to store your rug for any extended period of time, It is suggested that it be cleaned first and then rolled against the nap and wrapped in heavy brown wrapping paper.