Daily Care & Maintenance
Develop a cleaning routine that involves regular vacuuming of your area rugs. Doing so at least weekly helps to remove trapped dirt and allergens. If your area rug is in a high-traffic area, vacuuming twice a week might be more effective.
For shag area rugs, it's important to protect the long, cable-like yarns when vacuuming. Not only can long yarns on from the rug wrap around your vacuum's rotator brush, but the brush itself can damage your rug's fibers. To prevent such damage, carefully disconnect the brush before vacuuming.
Invest in doormats and place them at all entrances to your home. Encourage your guests to use them and to remove their shoes before walking across your rug. Try to limit your rugs' exposure to direct sunlight, which can fade colors over time.
Dealing With Spills & Stains
No matter how careful you are, accidental spills or stains still happen from time to time. Fortunately, many of the area rugs we carry offer stain-resistant technology built right into their fibers. You'll want to act quickly when an accident occurs, because even stain resistance won't prevent stains completely.
First, determine whether the stain is water-based or oil-based. Some messes wipe away easily, while others require a more comprehensive approach. For the latter, it's best to consult your manufacturer's care guidelines. Consider investing in a manufacturer-approved cleaning product, such as Shaw's Carpet Cleaner.
Have your rugs professionally cleaned on occasion. To help you remember, consider incorporating this deep clean into your annual spring cleaning routine. It's also important that you never dry clean your rug & to avoid using bleach.