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Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa gives some tips on How to Clean Area Rugs at Home

Area rugs are a great way to brighten up any room in your home.  They can also add excellent design elements to your home.  But what about their cleaning process? Most all area rugs you buy will have a tag on them that explain how to clean the area rug.  But usually, it’s not quite as easy as the tag may make it seem.  Here are some tips on how to clean area rugs at home.  We hope this helps make the process easier.  If not, don’t worry, you can always call in the professionals, us!

A picture of a manufacturer's tag and care directions on the back of an area rug.

Spot Cleaning Area Rugs at Home

Spot cleaning an area rug is an important part of maintaining its appearance and prolonging its lifespan.  It is also the easiest and safest way of taking care of spills and accidents on your own.

Regular vacuuming and spot cleaning can help to remove surface dirt and stains, but it is important to address spills and stains as soon as they happen to prevent them from becoming more difficult to remove. There are several different methods for spot cleaning an area rug, and the best method will depend on the type of stain and the material of the rug.

Mild Detergent

One of the most effective methods for spot cleaning an area rug is to use a mixture of water and mild detergent. Start by mixing a small amount of mild detergent, such as dish soap, with warm water. Use a clean, white cloth to gently blot the stain, being careful not to rub or press too hard as this can cause the stain to spread. Once you’ve finished blotting, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining solution. Repeat this process until the stain is no longer visible. Be sure to remove all solution.  Do not leave any of the cleaning solution behind.  This could damage your area rug.

a person spraying an area rug with a cleaning solution and blotting it clean.
Vinegar and Water

Another method for spot cleaning an area rug is to use a mixture of white vinegar and water. Start by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and water, and then use a clean, white cloth to gently blot the stain. Be sure to work from the outside of the stain inwards, to prevent spreading the stain. Once you’ve finished blotting, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining solution. Repeat this process until the stain is no longer visible. White vinegar is a natural sanitizer, and has a neutralizing effect on most acidic substances like red wine, coffee, and tomato sauce.

Tough Stains

For tough stains such as blood, ink or red wine, you can use a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Mix together a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to form a paste and apply to the stain. Use a brush to gently scrub the stain, being careful not to rub or press too hard as this can cause the stain to spread. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining solution. Repeat this process until the stain is no longer visible.

Oil Stains

For stains that require a little more elbow grease, such as oil or grease, you can use a solution of cornstarch and water. Mix together a small amount of cornstarch and water to form a paste and apply to the stain. Use a brush to gently scrub the stain, being careful not to rub or press too hard as this can cause the stain to spread. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining solution. Repeat this process until the stain is no longer visible.

a picture of greasy footprints left on an area rug
Pet Stains

For pet stains, it’s important to use an enzymatic cleaner, which contains enzymes that break down the urine, eliminating the odor and preventing the stain from setting. Spray the cleaner directly on the stain and let it sit for several minutes before blotting it up with a clean, white cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible.

Rug Types

It’s also important to consider the type of area rug you’re dealing with when spot cleaning. For example, a wool rug will require a different cleaning method than a synthetic rug. Be sure to check the care instructions for your rug before attempting to clean a stain. This is so important as certain cleaning techniques could seriously damage your rug.

If you are uncertain about what kind of area rug you have, or if you are not confident in your spot cleaning abilities.  Don’t ever be afraid to call us first.  We have experience cleaning all types of area rug and have the equipment to properly give them more than just a spot clean.  We can deep clean your area rugs.  A professional deep cleaning is really the only and best way to ensure your rugs look their best and maintain their life.

The Importance of Professional Area Rug Cleanings

Area rugs can be a beautiful addition to any home, but they also require regular maintenance and cleaning to keep them looking and smelling fresh. While vacuuming and spot cleaning can help to remove surface dirt and stains, it is important to have area rugs professionally cleaned on a regular basis to ensure that they are thoroughly cleaned and maintained. Call Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa for a free quote to have your area rug professionally cleaned today.

Reduce Allergens

One of the main benefits of having area rugs cleaned by us is that we can help to remove dirt, dust, and allergens that have accumulated over time. We use powerful equipment and techniques that can deep clean area rugs and remove even the most stubborn dirt and stains. This can help to improve the air quality in your home and reduce the risk of allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.

Prolong the Life of Rugs

Another benefit of having area rugs professionally cleaned by us is that we can help to prolong the life of your area rugs. Our specialized equipment and techniques remove dirt and stains without damaging the fibers of the rug. This can help to preserve the color and texture of your area rugs and prolong their lifespan, saving you money in the long run.

A woman holding her nose next to a smelly area rug.
Remove Odors

A cleaning from the partnership of Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa and Rug Cleaning of Tulsa can also help to remove odors that can linger in area rugs. This can be especially important if you have pets or if you smoke in your home. We use specialized odor neutralizers that can help to remove even the most stubborn odors, leaving your area rugs smelling fresh and clean.

Additionally, Master Clean and Rug Cleaning of Tulsa can also help to identify and address any potential damage or wear on your area rugs. We can spot areas that need repair or replacement, which can help prolong the life of your rug and keep your home looking great.

A professional area rug cleaning can also help to improve the overall appearance of your home. Clean area rugs can make a big difference in the look and feel of a room, and can help to make your home feel more inviting and comfortable. This is especially important if you are planning to sell your home, as clean area rugs can make a big impression on potential buyers.

Delicate Rugs

Another important factor to consider is that some area rugs are more delicate than others. Hand-woven, handmade, and antique area rugs require special care and attention. It is important to have these rugs cleaned by us at Rug Cleaning of Tulsa because we are trained in handling delicate fabrics and know the appropriate cleaning methods.

In summary, having area rugs professionally cleaned by us is an important step in maintaining the health, appearance, and longevity of your area rugs. Regular professional cleaning can help to remove dirt, dust, allergens, and odors, and can also help to prolong the life of your area rugs, improve the overall appearance of your home and ensure a safe and healthy living environment. It is recommended that area rugs are professionally cleaned every 12-18 months, depending on the usage and foot traffic. If you have pets or children in the home, it’s recommended to have your area rugs professionally cleaned even more frequently.

Call Master Clean Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tulsa

While spot cleaning your area rug at home can help in between deep cleanings, nothing you do at home can get your area rugs as clean as we can.  We have partnered with Rug Cleaning of Tulsa in order to provide professional area rug cleaning to our customers.  Call us today for a free quote.  We will even come to your home to pick your rugs up from you and deliver them back once they are all cleaned.