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Area Rug Care & Maintenance

Daily Cleaning Tips

Start by having guests and family members remove shoes when they enter your home, before walking across any rugs. This will minimize the amount of dirt that gets brought in and ground into the fibers. Even the tiniest dirt particles damage rug fibers over time!

Place carpet & rug protectors under all furniture legs and take caution when relocating furniture. You should also limit your rugs’ exposure to direct sunlight.

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. For heavier-traffic areas, daily vacuuming may be best.

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 the rotator brush) but the brush itself can damage your rug’s fibers. To prevent such damage, consult your appliance’s manual to learn how to disconnect the beater bar before vacuuming. Once it’s disconnected, set your vacuum to the lowest height setting, which provides the best suction. You may also want to consider buying a carpet rake to loosen any soil before vacuuming.

Dealing With Spills & Stains

No matter how careful you are, your area rug will likely fall victim to the occasional spill or stain, especially if you have kids or pets! Fortunately, many of our area rugs are sold with stain-resistant technology built right into the fibers. Still, it's important to properly address spills as soon as they occur. The sooner you act, the sooner you'll be able to prevent a spill from becoming a stubborn stain. Be sure to check with your rug manufacturer's care guidelines on dealing with both water- and oil-based stains.

If your rug has stains, we recommend that you have it cleaned professionally using the hot water extraction method. An alternative is to shampoo your rug yourself while following your manufacturer's guidelines, if applicable. Never use bleach on your rug, and never dry clean it.

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