If you regularly clean your rugs, you might think that’s all you need to do. While regular professional cleanings are crucial for the longevity of your area rugs, there are additional steps you can take in between cleanings. Here is what our area rug cleaning experts in McKinney want you to know.
We talk to a lot of homeowners who say that they vacuum regularly, but then can’t recall how often that is. The saying goes if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s important to create a schedule for when you will vacuum the various rugs and carpets in your home. This will help you get it done as often as you would like.
We recommend vacuuming your rug at least once a week. However, if you have pets or children, or your rug is in a particularly high-traffic area of your home such as the entryway or hallway, you may want to vacuum more often.
Stop Dirt Being Tracked Into Your Home
As you can imagine, one of the top ways that dirt enters your home is on your shoes (similarly, the other is on your pets). Thus, one of the best and easiest things you can do for the health of your rugs is to not wear shoes inside your house. If you are used to wearing shoes in the home, this can be tricky to implement at first. Place a shoe rack near each entrance of your home to remind you and your family. You can also invest in house slippers for everyone. Just make sure not to wear them outside, as that defeats the purpose! If you absolutely must wear shoes inside, place a mat at every entrance and be sure to wipe your shoes each time you come in.
While shoes aren’t great for your carpets, socks are! Feet are naturally sweaty and oily. Wearing socks or house slippers indoors can protect your carpets from these oils, which can affect the fibers and dyes of your rugs over time. Just make sure whatever you’re wearing is clean!
Rearrange Your Furniture
Many people already rearrange their furniture every so often to create a fresh, new feeling in their home. Not only is this good for your feng shui, but rearranging the furniture can redirect the traffic paths in your home. This spreads the wear and tear of your rugs out, instead of concentrating all of the foot traffic in one spot. If you can’t rearrange your furniture, at least make sure to rotate your rugs. Otherwise, you will start to see your rug wear out much quicker in the places you walk on most, like in front of furniture.
Dab Up Spills Right Away
Accidental spills are one of the most common sources of spots and stains in rugs. If you drop something on your rug that could stain it, grab a white cloth or paper towel and absorb as much of the extra liquid as possible. Use light pressure and a dabbing motion. Don’t scrub your carpets, as this can push the stain in deeper and damage the rug.
These tips will help keep your rugs clean and looking great between area rug cleanings from Pure Nature Chem-Dry. If it’s time to schedule rug cleaning in McKinney, give us a call at (469) 770-7123 and we’ll be happy to help!