Cleaning Area Rugs
In order to increase the longevity of your rugs, and to keep them from holding on to dirt, mildew, and dust, you should have your rugs cleaned annually. This means a deep cleaning above and beyond the above-listed care tips. There are a few things to consider before you just jump into a cleaning project, however:
- Different rugs are made of materials, not all of which react the same way to cleaners or cleaning tools. If you have a variety of rugs, then know that you won’t have a once-size-fits-all cleaning solution.
- Different rugs are made differently, which impacts how you clean them. A manufactured synthetic rug won’t clean the same way a hand-woven or braided rug, and neither will need the special care an older or antique rug calls for.
- Some rugs require dry cleaning, and a wet-cleaning approach could actually destroy them.
With all that in mind, a big question regarding your rug cleaning project is whether you should take the chance of cleaning your own rugs or hire professional help.