Area rugs add unique style, texture, and complete a room unlike anything else. They also require extra care and attention, which is why understanding the basics of removing stains and cleaning your precious textiles is so important. 

Here are a few expert tips for stain removal, basic cleaning, and deep cleaning area rugs in your Bismarck home. 


Basic Area Rug Cleaning

The following routine maintenance tips apply to rugs of just about any material or size. 

Vacuum area rugs often. Dirt can break down the fibers of your rugs, which is why vacuuming is so important. Vacuum at least weekly and be sure to avoid edge fringe or turn down your vacuum settings for thick, shag rugs. 

Gently remove pet hair from rugs with a brush. If you have pets in your home, vacuuming won’t be enough to remove their hair from rugs. As often as your vacuum, also use a stiff brush to remove pet hair. 

Rotate your rugs several times during the year. This will switch up the foot traffic on your rugs and help make sure they wear evenly. 

Shake rugs weekly to remove dirt and particles. Take your rugs outside weekly and give them a shake to remove particles that can wear down rug fibers. 

Deep Cleaning Area Rugs

Start by checking the label on your rugs to see if there are recommended care tips for that specific type of material. Some rugs can only be spot cleaned or dry cleaned, so you’ll want to avoid deep cleaning them yourself.

For smaller rugs that are safe to be cleaned, place them in a mesh bag and machine wash them on a delicate cycle, then hang to dry. Also be sure to schedule professional area rug cleanings about twice each year to effectively remove deep dirt, allergens, and bacteria

Removing Stains From Area Rugs 

If something is spilled on your rug, avoid the tendency to vigorously rub the area as this pushes the stain deeper into the fibers. Instead, gently blot away the moisture. 

Next, try a store-bought spray stain remover that’s safe for your rug material. You can also try a homemade cleaning solution composed of 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar. Always test a small area of your rug first to be sure that whatever stain remover you use doesn’t discolor the fibers.


Area Rug Cleaning In Bismarck, North Dakota

Great Plains Chem-Dry is committed to treating your precious area rugs with the same care you would. We’ll not only safely and effectively care for your rugs of various colors and materials, but remove harmful allergens and bacteria in the process. 

Request an appointment for Chem-Dry area rug cleaning today!