How do I care for my area rug?
Here are some quick general tips for maintaining your area rug:
- Regularly vacuum your rug using a beater bar-free attachment. If the beater bar cannot be removed, raise it to the highest position and vacuum with care.
- Use the lowest available vacuum setting to prevent pulling out rug fibers from the backing.
- Trim any surface sprouts on the rug to level, avoiding pulling out the fibers.
- If you have a natural fiber rug, remember to vacuum the area beneath the rug periodically.
- Act quickly to clean spills by blotting with a clean white cloth. Avoid rubbing, as it may push the stain deeper into the rug.
- Rotate the rug regularly to promote even wear across its surface.
- Protect your rug from continuous direct sunlight to prevent color fading over time.
- For a thorough deep cleaning, it is highly recommended to seek professional assistance.
How to remove stains from your area rug?
Recommend professional rug cleaning, the cleaning techniques suggested below are provided as suggestions:
Spills: Act swiftly by using a clean cloth to firmly absorb the liquid spill. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it can cause the spill to spread and make stain removal more challenging.
Stains: If the stain has set, create a mixture of mild detergent, white vinegar, and room temperature water. Apply the foam on the top of the mixture using a clean rag. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then remove it with a damp cloth.
Pet Stains: Begin by blotting the affected area with a paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. Next, sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the stain and wait for 10 minutes. Apply a pet stain remover (follow the instructions on the solution) and gently scrub until the stain starts to fade. Allow it to sit for an additional 10-20 minutes, then remove the remaining substance by vacuuming.
Please remember that these techniques are only suggestions, and professional rug cleaning is highly recommended for optimal results.
Removing bunching, creasing and folded corners
We understand that dealing with creases and bunching can be frustrating when you receive a new area rug. However, please be aware that these are normal occurrences and will typically flatten out within 2-3 weeks as you begin to use your new rug.
To help flatten your rug, you can try the following techniques:
Back Rolling: Unroll the carpet and then roll it back up in the reverse direction, with the backside facing up. Leave it rolled up in this manner for a day or two, or until it flattens out.
Heavy Objects: Place a heavy piece of furniture or objects on the affected areas of the rug for a day or two to help flatten them out. If the corners are sticking up, curl them back and place heavy objects on the affected areas in the opposite direction.
Heat: Use this method as a last resort only. Find a cleared concrete area such as a driveway or sidewalk with dry sunny conditions. Position the rug in a way that allows it to receive optimal sunlight for as long as possible, up to 2 hours. The rug will absorb the sun's heat, aiding in flattening. If needed, extend the time in the sun.
Blow Dryer: If you don't have access to a large concrete area with optimal sunlight, you can flip the rug over and use a hair dryer on the affected areas to apply heat. Maintain a distance of 7 to 12 inches between the hair dryer and the rug, moving it from side to side on a medium setting. Be cautious, as excessive heat can potentially melt the backing.
Remember to use these techniques responsibly and with caution. Patience is key, as most rugs will naturally flatten out over time with regular use.
Preventing and Lifting Dents from Furniture
To prevent and minimize indentations caused by furniture and safeguard your new area rug, consider the following simple methods:
Furniture Coasters: Employing furniture coasters is a straightforward and affordable approach to prevent dents when furniture is placed on the rug for extended periods.
Moving Your Furniture: Regularly rotating or shifting your furniture, even if it's just a few inches, can help prevent damage and indentation.
Steam Cleaning: While it is not suitable for all rug types and comes at a higher cost, steam cleaning can be an effective solution for rugs with existing indentations. It rejuvenates the fibers, lifts the imprints, and provides an extra sheen to your rug.
Combing: Utilize a comb or the edge of a coin to gently loosen and lift the fibers that have become flattened. After loosening, thoroughly vacuum the entire rug to restore its appearance.
By implementing these preventative measures and maintenance techniques, you can protect your rug from furniture-related indentations and ensure its long-lasting beauty.