How Do I Keep My Area Rug Clean?

by Pristine Beers | White Lilac Cleaning - August 30, 2019

It is not a myth: your Anchorage home can look spotless from floor to ceiling. As any professional maid Anchorage homeowners rely on to make their lives easier will tell you: you can have a house straight out of a home improvement catalog, but it takes elbow grease. As daunting and repetitive chores may be, they are essential to healthy living at home. 

The rugs and carpets in your home are no exception. And there’s more to it than house pride: filthy, dusty rugs and carpets can aggravate allergy symptoms and cause respiratory issues for you and your loved ones. Read on to find out more about smart area rug cleaning strategies!

How often should you clean area rugs? 

Chores in general vary in level of complexity and that of frequency. For instance, decluttering a messy living room isn’t overly difficult, but it should be done on a regular basis. Cleaning the furniture and upholstery, on the other hand, is usually far more challenging, but you only need to do it every once in a while, so forget about that weekend trip to Chugach National Forest

How frequently you should clean your area rugs and carpets depends on the complexity of the approach: vacuum cleaning or deep cleaning. 

Vacuuming should be done on a regular basis, and by that we mean at least once a week. However, you might want to vacuum 3 to 4 times a week for carpets and rugs that are frequently in use and have heavy foot traffic. Bear in mind that the build-up of dirt and dust can get out of hand unless you vacuum regularly. As a result, your rug or carpet could be permanently damaged.

A general rule of thumb for deep cleaning of carpets and rugs is to do it every 12 to 18 months. But if there are other factors at play, such as heavy foot traffic, small kids, pets, etc., you simply have no choice but to clean it more frequently.

How to clean area rugs? 

Vacuuming your rugs on a regular basis is of paramount importance if you want to keep dust under control. However, there is more to area rug cleaning than sweeping and vacuuming. Effective removal of dust from your area rug, especially if it has heavy foot traffic, requires a thorough approach, without overlooking the areas under, around and behind the furniture. As mentioned above, occasional deep cleaning is absolutely necessary as well.

As far as specific stains go, there are several methods you can try without having to purchase professional cleaning supplies:

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Mixture of water, table salt, baking soda and detergent
  • Vinegar, water and dish soap
  • Club soda

How to clean a large area rug at home?

Although you can perform area rug cleaning in a DIY setting, consider first how effective this can be if you haven’t been able to keep up with a certain cleaning schedule. In that case, the undertaking is best left to a professional cleaning crew.

How do you clean a large area rug on a hardwood floor?

Water and cleaning products, even the green ones, could cause damage to your gorgeous hardwood floors. Here are some tricks to prevent that from happening:

  • Place a rag between the rug and the floor. That way, you will prevent the floor from absorbing the product. This trick is especially useful if you are dealing with a single stain.
  • Get a waterproof plastic sheet if you want to protect the floors from excessive amounts of water and residue of cleaning products when cleaning the entire rug. Simply place the sheet underneath the rug and secure it using tape so it stays in position.

How do you clean a white rug?

For most of us, having an immaculate white rug or a plush white carpet for over a week after purchasing it is an impossible feat. So unless you are exceptionally proficient at cleaning, it is best left to the pros.

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