The Area Rug Cleaning Guide

Sep 3, 2020 | Uncategorized

The Area Rug Cleaning Guide

Area rugs are valuable investments that add a beautiful accent to your home! Because rugs can be delicate and expensive, it’s important to keep them well maintained so you can enjoy their beauty for many years to come. Fortunately, Chem-Dry of Long Beach — the experts at area rug cleaning in Signal Hill, CA — knows the best rug cleaning tips, which is why we’ve compiled our advice in this area rug cleaning guide!

Routine Area Rug Cleaning 

Vacuum and Shake Your Rugs Weekly

The best way to remove dirt and contaminants from your rugs is to vacuum them regularly. Avoid vacuuming the fringe on the edges of your rugs to protect them from being torn or split. For shag or delicate rugs, adjust the power setting on the vacuum so that no fragile threads are pulled out. Another way to get rid of loose dirt particles is to shake your rugs. Be sure to do this outdoors to prevent any dirt particles from getting on your carpet or wood floors.

Remove Built-Up Pet Hair With a Brush

Vacuuming usually removes the majority of pet hair collected on your rugs, but sometimes there is still excess hair leftover. You can use a stiff brush on your rugs to gently rake up and collect the hair.

Immediately Remove Stains and Spills

If you ever notice a spill or stain on your rug, never let it just sit there! Use a clean towel or rag to blot the spot away gently and carefully.* Afterward, apply a DIY cleaning solution of 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water to the stain and let it work its magic. You can also try using a store-bought stain remover or use a professional area rug cleaning service in Signal Hill for the best stain removal results.

No matter what route you choose, always test a small area of the rug first with the solution to ensure it doesn’t discolor the fibers.

*Avoid rubbing the stain because this can bury the spot deeper into the fibers of your rug. 

Rotate the Placement of Your Rugs

Depending on where you place your area rugs, they can get extremely worn out from daily foot traffic. This is especially true for rugs in entryways, hallways, or living rooms. To prevent rugs in these locations from getting worn out, we suggest rotating the placement of your rugs several times a year.

Deep Area Rug Cleaning

Before you begin deep cleaning, always check the labels on your rugs to see if there are special care instructions for the particular material.*  If your rugs are small and machine washable, put them in a mesh bag, wash them on a delicate setting, and hang them to dry. For large or delicate rugs, use professional rug cleaning in Signal Hill, CA! Our rug cleaning process at Chem-Dry of Long Beach gently and effectively cleans your rugs with our safe and effective cleaning solution.

*Some types of rugs can only be dry cleaned or spot cleaned.

Professional Area Rug Cleaning in Signal Hill, CA

Chem-Dry of Long Beach offers professional stain removal and area rug cleaning in Signal Hill, CA. Our rug cleaning process normally includes using a pre-spray cleaner, a gentle submersion bath, and drying and fringe cleaning, but we modify this process to meet the specific needs of your area rug. We also clean all types of area rugs, including delicate fringe, antique rugs, and more!

Request an appointment for an area rug cleaning in Signal Hill, and don’t forget to use our coupons to save money on your cleaning!

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