Basic Rug Care
Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and require special attention.
- Washing rugs: If your rug is small with a “machine washable” label, shake the rug outside first, then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble dry low.
- Beating larger rugs: If your larger rug is easy to pick up, first shake it outside; then put it over a clothesline and beat it; a broom handle works great. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it. If the label says dry clean only, then shake, roll it up and take it to a professional rug cleaner. Save time and aggravation by calling first to see if the cleaner does rug cleaning, as many do not. Trust your rugs of all types with Chem-Dry By Rhein‘s technicians who have been trained as Area Rug Experts for off-site cleaning.
- Vacuuming area rugs: Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Starting from the center of the carpet, use gentle suction, 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.
- Caring for Oriental, Turkish or Persian rugs: Clean imported rugs according to your carpet manufacturer’s specifications or bring in a professional cleaning service. Be gentle with fringe. For heirloom-type rugs, you need professionals. Call Chem-Dry By Rhein at (239) 353-4246 to learn more about Expert Area Rug cleaning services.