How to Care for your Rug

We all know that there are certain parts of our home that need a little extra TLC every now and again, such as carpet, tiles or floorboards. However, it isn’t just your home which could use a little extra attention, your rug requires regular maintenance to extend its lifespan and keep it looking brand new.

Whether your rug was $500 or $5000, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure you get the most out of your rug.

Looking After Your Rug Based on Material

In order to give your rug the best care, you need to know what material it is made out of, as some materials can be spot cleaned with household cleaning products, while others may need a professional clean.

Will your rug be in a high-traffic area with dirt and debris walked into it every day? Or maybe it is sitting in full sunlight in a low-traffic room, waiting for the next chance you get to watch TV or cozy up with a book.

Knowing which rug material best suits your lifestyle will make cleaning a lot easier, as your rug will be better suited to your individual lifestyle than others.

Synthetic Rugs

Many of the rugs sold by Urban Rugs are made from synthetic fibres, such as nylon, polyester and polypropylene. Synthetic rug fibres are a top choice among customers thanks to their durability, practicality and cost; compared to rugs with natural fibres, synthetic rugs are generally much more stain resistant than natural fibres.

Synthetic rugs are fairly easy to take care of, requiring a regular vacuum and if required, a spot clean to remove any stains. If your synthetic rug is positioned in a high traffic area, it may need professional cleaning every year or two to keep it looking as good as new.

Cotton Rugs

A cotton rug may look spectacular under your coffee table in full sunlight, however it may need to be rehomed to a space with less sunlight, as the dye used on the cotton often has a low tolerance to direct sunlight.

To clean your rug, you can give it a regular vacuum to remove any build up.

If you are looking to do anything more than vacuum your carpet, you should call in the experts, as cotton is a fibre that absorbs a lot of water and holds it, with can result in microbial growth

Jute Rugs

Also known as hessian, Jute is a long vegetable fibre that has been spun into strands, which can be used in the crafting of rugs and other home décor. Because Jute is a natural fibre, it tends to be more naturally absorbent than its synthetic counterparts.

To clean Jute rugs, you will need to vacuum regularly to reduce dirt and dust build up.

If the unfortunate happens and you, a guest or a family member, spill something on the jute rug, you need to immediately blot the spill with a clean, absorbent white cloth. However, for a more precise spot clean, use a dry extraction powder that will lift and remove those hard-to-remove marks.

Wool Rugs

If you’re looking for a rug that is not only easy to care for, but can be used warm your home, you should invest in a wool rug. Not only does wool look good and feel great underfoot, it is also stain resistant, due to the natural oils that exist within the fibre.

For those who like to use rugs in their entryway or living space, rugs made from wool may be the ideal choice, as the wool fibres are durable, bouncing back to their shape even under heavy foot traffic.

In order to clean and maintain your wool rug, you need to vacuum regularly. Within the first few weeks, you should vacuum at least twice a week to reduce any shedding woollenfibres.

If you come across any spills on your wool rug, you should blot the spill immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth. Avoid using household cleaning products or leaning solvents or scrubbing excessively, as this may impact the appearance of the rug.

Rather than hire a professional cleaner, we suggest using cleaning products designed specifically for wool, or dry extraction powders, which will help you to maintain your rug for a fraction of the cost of using a professional.

For Rugs, Cleaning and Advice, Contact Urban Rugs

Rugs can completely change the look and feel of your space, so it is important to keep them looking as good as new. Depending on the exact make up of your rug, it may require special care to keep it in ideal condition.

Shop online at Urban Rugs today to find your perfect new rug at an affordable price, or contact us to find our more about caring for your rug.