Rug Care Tips
One of the most important aspects of maintaining area and Oriental rugs is vacuuming on a regular basis. Vacuuming ensures that most dirt and debris is removed and isn’t left to be embedded into the rug. Another crucial aspect of rug maintenance is acting quickly to clean up any spills or accidents that happen on your rug. It’s important to have the necessary cleaning materials handy for any accidents. We have a green certified professional spot remover available for purchase called World Famous Spot Remover. This product can be used on most rugs. Test a small area, and if you see any color transfer when using a white towel, STOP immediately and call us. We have specialized products that can help inhibit bleeding in delicate rugs and lock in the dies. Rugs can be very delicate and easily ruined without proper care. Be sure to call Dr. Chem-Dry for any major stain removal or cleaning that your rug may require.
Rug Maintenance Tips
Frequent Vacuuming is a Wool Carpet’s Best Friend
An upright vacuum with a beater bar/brush is the best type for cut pile carpet. A suction-only vacuum may be required for loop pile Berber carpets to prevent excessive fuzzing.
Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar. Lift the carpet edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
Exercise prevention maintenance by placing absorbent mats at the most frequently used entrances to your home. Change or launder when these mats become dirty. Filters in your heating and air conditioning systems should be changed regularly.
Washing rugs: If your rug is small and the label says “machine washable”, shake the rug outside first and then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry at the lowest heat setting.
Beating larger rugs: If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside first; then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it. If the label says dry clean only, then roll it up and take it to our shop for proper cleaning. Save time and aggravation by having us pickup your rug for you and deliver it when it’s all done and clean. You can trust your rugs of all types with Dr. Chem-Dry’s technicians who have been trained and certified as Area Rug Experts for area rug cleaning.
Caring for Oriental, Turkish, Persian or other specialty rugs: These delicate rugs need to be cleaned according to your carpet manufacturer’s specifications by a certified professional. Call Dr. Chem-Dry at (602) 243-6479 to learn more about how we can help you care for your rug with our expert cleaning services.
DO NOT apply stain repellent treatments which contain any silicone as they tend to accelerate carpet soiling. (Some carpet manufacturers do not accept responsibility for complaints where such treatments have been used.) When having your wool carpet professionally cleaned by Dr. Chem-Dry, ask about our Wool Safe® products.