At Brandt Carpet & Tile, we feel that regular care and maintenance of your area rug is the best way to ensure that it retains its beauty over the long term.
Even if you don’t have a lot of spare time, there are some quick and easy tasks that will do wonders to protect the look and longevity of your area rug. For instance, preventative maintenance will go a long way to keep your rug looking as good as new for years to come.
A great way to start is by making sure that family and guests remove their outdoor shoes before walking across your area rug. This will minimize the amount of dirt that accumulates on it. As dirt particles can damage rug fibers, less dirt means less damage. For most of our area rugs, a daily to weekly vacuuming with a manufacturer’s approved appliance will suffice to keep them feeling and looking fresh. If your rug is in an area with light to medium traffic, a twice-weekly vacuuming will be fine. However, for rugs in heavy-traffic areas, a quick daily vacuuming is recommended. Other preventative maintenance tips include: placing carpet protectors under furniture legs, reducing the area rug’s exposure to direct sunlight, and limiting the amount of (heavy) furniture moving.
No matter how careful you are, and how much you stick to your care and maintenance routine, your area rug will still most likely fall victim to the occasional spill, dirt or mess over time, especially if you have kids or pets. Many of our area rugs are sold with stain-resistant technology built into the fibers, just like with Shaw Floors carpet with R2X Stain and Soil Protection. This makes cleaning common household stains a cinch! Watch how the R2X technology repels stains and soils in carpets and area rugs here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To0x5kBqP80&feature=youtu.be)
Your first instinct when it comes to common household spills, stains or soils on your area rug, like spilled juice, soda or wine and bloodstains or pet accidents, is to immediately start cleaning up the mess. However, we recommend that before you first and foremost you establish whether it’s an oil-based stain or a water-based stain, and then consult our common stain removal guides. Since some messes will just wipe away with a cleaning cloth and others will require comprehensive stain removal directions, it’s best to consult our common stain removal guide to see how best to tackle each particular mess. ( https://shawfloors.com/flooring/how-to/carpet/carpet-care-maintenance/order-r2x-carpet-stain-soli-remover )