What is the Best Way to Clean Area Rugs?
You may think that maintaining your area rugs is simply a matter of regular vacuuming and the occasional visit from your local Las Vegas Carpet Cleaner, but it is not always that simple. Unlike wall-to-wall carpets which, with very few exceptions, are generally made of the same material, area rugs can vary in terms of both material and carpet backing.
When it comes to vacuuming, most area rugs can be handled normally, but with precious antique, wool, oriental or any fine rug, it is recommended that a fine netting be secured over the surface before vacuuming. Hard bristles can cause disruption of the fibers over time and if it is an heirloom piece, protecting the surface will ensure a long life.
When it comes to cleaning area rugs, the first thing to consider is the type of backing – or in some cases the lack of backing. With many braided rugs or natural rugs like Sisal or Sea Grass, you need to first place a large piece of plastic underneath to protect the flooring. The recommended method for cleaning all area rugs – even fine wool – is steam cleaning. Fortunately, most of your local Las Vegas Carpet Cleaners use high-pressure steamers now, so it’s no trouble finding appropriate care.
With all area rugs, rotation is key to prolonging their life. High traffic areas and direct sunlight are the two main reasons for uneven wear and tear on an area rug, so try to turn them at least twice a year.