4 Tips to Keep Your Rug Looking Its Best
When you have your rug cleaned with us, your rug will look brand new when we return it to you. It will also smell better than ever before. The colors and patterns in the weave are brighter and more vibrant. And even better, is that it feels terrific under your feet. You’ll want to keep that new-like condition for as long as possible, although this might seem impossible with all of the activity it gets on a daily basis. So what can you do to help maintain that just-cleaned look and feel? Our experts have five pro tips to help keep your rug looking as good as new.
1. Keep shoes off of it
We put this tip as number 1 for a reason. We suggest that you make it a habit when removing your shoes when you walk in from the outside. There is no denying that shoes are hard on rugs. Think of all of the dirt and debris that comes in from your shoes. All of this gets down into the foundation of your rug. When you wear shoes on your rug, you can wear them out much faster and diminish the color. By making your home a no-shoe zone and providing plenty of storage for shoes right by the front door, you will set an excellent example for children and guests by taking off your shoes as soon as you walk inside, too. This tip is so important we actually wrote an entirely separate blog about it. You can check it out here (10 Reason to take your shoes off in your home )
2. Give it a good beating
Your Grandma was right when she used to take the rug outside and beat it from the back. We’re not encouraging violence. However, your rug does need a thorough beating at least three times a year.
The reason for beating your rug from the back is to loosen up all of the dirt and debris from the fibers of the rug. You will then be able to vacuum the rug and get it cleaner because all of the dirt is loose now and therefore will be easily sucked up by the vacuum. Our suggestion is to bring your smaller rugs out back and hang them on a clothesline or over a porch and give them a good beating from the back. If your rug is too big to move outside easily, it’s best to let a professional take care of the cleaning for you. We offer free pickup and delivery and will even move your furniture for you.
3. Turn it once a year
One of your rugs biggest enemies is fading, which is caused by too much time in the sun. Too much sun can cause your rug to look faded and washed out. Fading is going to be inevitable for most rug owners unless you keep your curtains closed all of the time. The best thing is to ensure that the rug fades evenly. That way the colors are consistent all the way through, and there are no obvious fading spots. In order to achieve this, you’ll want to rotate your rug once a year and allow it to fade naturally in the sunlight.
4. Sprinkle it with baking soda
If you want to preserve that just-cleaned scent in your rug, then we suggest sprinkling some baking soda on it. This will help absorb odors, then all you have to do is vacuum them up. You can take this one step further by mixing in some herbs with your baking soda. Combine the herbs and baking soda and let them sit for a few hours. Then, sprinkle the baking soda/herb mix on to your rug and let sit. Wait about two hours and vacuum up the mix. Any unpleasant odors will be gone, and the fresh herbal scent will be left behind!
Need to get your rug to the just-cleaned condition you love? Contact our rug cleaning team in Louisville to make an appointment. You can call us or contact us through our website to get started!
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