How Often Should You Clean Your Rug?

Posted: January 28, 2014

Whether you’ve had your rug for just a few years or it’s been passed down from generation to generation it is a beautiful work of art and with the right care could last you a lifetime. Your rug is the element that ties everything in the room together, and you want to make sure you take great care of it. So, you may be wondering, how often should I get my rug cleaned?

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Luckily, it doesn’t require a ton of maintenance like washing your car every month, but it does involve a bit of upkeep. In fact, we recommend that you get your rug cleaned at least every 3-5 years, so that you maintain the vibrancy of your rug’s colors and remove all dirt that may have been tracked in over the years to help prevent wear of the pile.

To preserve your rug’s value and beauty we recommend that your rug be cleaned by a professional. With heavy foot traffic, dirt and grit becomes trapped in the bottom of the pile of your rug. This dirt acts like a sand paper that breaks down the pile of a rug which causes wear and damage to the rug. Therefore we recommend that your rug undergo a professional high powered dusting service that eliminates the dust and grit.

Next, your rug should be pre-sprayed to break down stains and loosen any dirt that was not already removed. A good scrubbing as well as shampooing is needed to bring out the vibrancy of color as well as the softness and elasticity of the fibers in your rug. We recommend a PH Balanced Oriental Rug shampoo and using the latest, up to date cleaning equipment that is approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), to effectively remove all spills, soiling, pet dander, and other damage.

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Lastly your rug undergoes a hot water rinse as well as a thorough water extraction. If your rug needs any other additional services such as urine extraction, moth treatment, stain guard, extra deodorizing, or fringe brightening be sure to consult with your cleaning professional. When your rug has been thoroughly cleaned it should be dried in an insulated, humidity controlled room. While your rug is in the care of someone else make sure to ask whether it is fully insured against unfortunate events such as theft and fire while on the premises.

Don’t take a chance with your beautiful rug. We know that rugs can be sentimental and hard if not impossible to replace. If you’re unsure of where to go let the professionals at Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore clean it for you!  We offer professional rug and carpet cleaning services, and provide expert hand rug cleaning of all types of rugs, including both new and antique rugs as well as rugs made from silk, wool, and man-made materials. Our plant is equipped for specialized hand rug cleaning, so you can rest assured your rug is safe with us.