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Rug Maintenance Tips By KleenRite

The right area rug can really tie a room together. Pick an area rug that accents the room perfectly and you will find the room has a more elegant and luxurious feel to it. But as warm and inviting as a nice area rug can make a room feel, a dirty area rug can have the polar opposite effect.

Unfortunately, one thing that designers and magazines showcasing varieties of rugs fail to mention can be the complexity of cleaning them. Many nice area rugs are thick, soft and have long fibers which means cleaning them can require some thought. Luckily for you, that’s where KleenRite can help. Let us give you simple tips and tricks to clean area rugs so your home can go back to looking as though it were taken straight out of a magazine.


This one seems obvious. You may be reading this thinking to yourself “Well of course a vacuum can clean a rug who doesn’t know that?”; however, you do have to go about it with caution. A quick way to ruin both your rug and your vacuum would be to pass over it. Because of the thickness of the rug and the longer fibers, using a standard, upright vacuum will not do the trick. The fibers may get stuck in your vacuum’s beater bar and the shag may get ripped out of the rug. Instead, vacuum your rug with an attachment (like a carpet or rug rake) and go slowly row by row. The problem with vacuuming is you may have to go over the same area two or three times and it still may pull the fibers out. You may want to try one of the other methods.


If vacuuming is not the method you would prefer, you could always go with the shaking or smacking approach. A good way of getting all the dirt and dust off the rug is by taking it outside and shaking it off or hanging it off the ledge or clothesline and beat it with a broom or a mop handle. One thing to be careful of would be to not leave your rug in the sun for too long. If it is left out in the sun for a prolonged time, the UV rays from the sun will fade the color in your area rug.

Spot Clean

Sometimes a rug doesn’t need a deep or thorough cleaning. Sometimes, disaster strikes and a substance gets spilled or dripped on a portion of the rug. So what do you do when this happens? First of all, make sure to not rub, as it can cause the stain to spread, so instead just dab the spill until the liquid is all soaked up. Next, use our specialized stain remover product called SpotOut. To use Spot Out, gently blot the affected area with a clean white cloth to remove the stain. You may have to repeat this step to finally remove the stain, but once the stain is gone, all you have to do is allow the area to dry and the stain has officially been removed.


One way of prolonging the life of your rug is to simply make sure to not let your rug be dirty for too long. As with anything, proper maintenance and care can extend the life of your rug. Make sure to vacuum weekly, or even bi-weekly and make sure to give it a professional deep cleaning once or twice a year.

Take it to the Professionals

Throughout this post, we have laid out several different options for self-cleaning your area rug. It can be as easy as vacuuming or shaking it out or spot treating small stains. But sometimes, the work may be a bit much for you to handle. Sometimes, maybe you just do not want to go through the effort of cleaning your rug. That’s where the professionals come in.

Our gentle methods lift away spots and remove ground-in dirt from your rug's delicate fibers. We can clean your natural or synthetic area rugs and fine oriental rugs. We take the utmost care in handling, cleaning, transporting, and storing your valuable and sometimes heir loomed pieces.

Please contact us for pricing and pickup/delivery service. You may also drop off your rugs at our facility Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call prior to heading over to make sure that someone will be available to receive your rug(s).

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