Basic Rug Cleaning Tips

Area rugs are a beautiful addition to any home. However, rugs are often placed in high traffic areas and can become very dirty very quickly. Cleaning area rugs in Waukesha requires the same attention and care as wall-to-wall carpeting, and oftentimes, some, such as finer Oriental rugs, even require special attention.

Here are some basic tips for caring for and cleaning area rugs in your home:

Dry Clean Only

Be sure to check to see if the label says, “Dry Clean Only.” If it does, you should roll it up and either bring it to a professional rug cleaner or call to have one pick it up. Be sure to call the cleaner first to ensure they have the tools and training to professionally clean your type of rug, not all do.

Champion Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaners in Brookfield are trained to clean area and Oriental rugs both on and off site and can be reached at (414) 545-7900.

Washing Smaller Rugs

When you are washing a small rug with a label that says “Machine Washable” you will first want to take the rug outdoors and shake it to remove any loose dirt particles or miscellaneous debris.

Once you are done outside you can bring the rug back indoors and place it in your washing machine at the recommended temperature. Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog recommends using warm water (90 to 105 degrees) accompanied with a mild cleaning detergent. Tumble the rug at the absolute lowest heat setting until it is dry to your satisfaction.

Beating Larger Rugs

If you have a larger rug that you are able to pick up, we recommend you take it outdoors and shake it first to remove loose dirt particles and debris. Once you’ve sufficiently shaken the rug, hang it over a clothesline or similar apparatus and beat it using a broom or large stick. You should start to see dirt falling off the rug. We recommend flipping the rug after a while and continuing the process until you no longer see dirt or dust coming off of it.

Next, bring the rug back inside and vacuum it.

Vacuuming Area Rugs

Area rugs that have fringe require a special vacuuming technique. You will want to use a very gentle suction level and start from the center of the rug, vacuuming toward the fringe. Be careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar of the vacuum cleaner as this could cause serious damage to your rug. Next, lift the edge of the carpet and vacuum beneath the fringe.

Caring for Oriental, Turkish or Persian Rugs

Clean imported rugs exactly to your carpet manufacturer’s specifications or call a professional cleaning service to handle the job. For heirloom rugs, you will definitely want to hire professionals.

Professional Rug Cleaning

Champion Chem-Dry uses specialized tools and equipment designed specifically for area rugs. It’s an effective, yet gentle, cleaning process that is powerfully soft. Their drying technique minimizes wicking and preserves the dye within the fibers of your rug, leaving the rug looking bright and vibrant.

For Oriental and finer rugs, Champion Chem-Dry includes a pre-spray cleaner, a gentle submersion bath and expert drying and fringe cleaning.

Rug cleaning from Champion Chem-Dry is offered throughout Brookfield, Mequon, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Delafield, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha and surrounding Wisconsin cities.

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