Most rugs are recommended to be washed within 12-18 months, depending on your lifestyle, type of rug and the different elements the rug is exposed too.
If your rug is small enough, it can be thrown in your washing machine. Use a cold setting on a delicate cycle, and let it air-dry.
However, if your rug is too big for the machine, you can deep-clean it by hand. We recommend doing this on a sunny day because you will need to bring it outside to wash and dry it.
Before washing your rug, vacuum the top and the bottom side to get out all the dirt. Then bring the rug outside on a clean surface close to a water supply like a garden hose.
Mix carpet shampoo in a bucket of warm water. Before washing your entire rug, first spot-test the shampoo or solution in a small area of the rug to make sure the colors don’t bleed.
If the colors do bleed, take the rug to a dry cleaner. If the colors don't bleed, take your hose and rinse the rug. Pour the soap solution onto a sturdy, soft-bristle brush and work it into the rug. Let the rug sit for five minutes before rinsing it off.
Once all of the shampoo is watered out of the rug, put the rug on a drying rack and let it dry for 24 hours. If you cannot leave it outside, put the rug in the garage or basement and let it air dry.
Only wash the rug if the rug is washable. Most Polypropylene or Polyester rugs are washable. Make sure to see the back for washing instructions. If the rug is dry-clean only, do not attempt to wash the rug.
Jute, Hemp, and Seagrass rugs are not washable as water weakens the fibres of these types of rugs.
For regular cleaning, vacuum the top and bottom of the rug, as well as the floor under the rug.
To remove stains, dip a microfiber cloth into a mixture of warm water and a tablespoon of laundry detergent. Then blot the stain, and rinse with warm water. Blot it dry with a clean cloth, and let it air-dry.
Rotate your rug periodically to extend the life of your rug. This not only adds more life to the rug, but it will also even out wears. The general time frame for rotating the is between 6-12 months.
Adding padding underneath the rug adds a foundation that helps in reducing wears, prevents slipping, holes and frying on the edges.
VACUUM IT RIGHT!
The key to vacuuming your rug is to always follow one direction, vacuum in rows of the carpet wall-to-wall, this will help to catch the dirt easier without damaging the threads of the rug. Wool rugs typically sheds in the beginning, vacuum at least 4-5 times within the first month, and then once a month afterwards. Always avoid using brushes such as beater or rollers, this will protect the rug from damaging.
HOW TO GET DENTS OUT OF CARPET?
This ultimate best way to treat those dents is simple, just place an ice cube at the place of the dent and allow it to melt, depending on the size of the dent you may require more than one ice cube. Work the damp fibers back and forth with a help of a fork or comb later. Vacuum the area if necessary, it helps the rug fibers to regain the shape.
SPILLS AND STAINS!
Blot, Never Scrub! The key rule for cleaning spills is blotting with a clean damp cloth. Always work from the outer edges of the stain to inside. Vacuum over if needed to dry out.
PROTECT YOUR RUG!
Before you start any cleaning process always do a spot check how your rug responds to chemicals, it’s always good to test cleaning solution or mild detergent on a hidden area of your rug before cleaning.