Area rugs add a warm cozy feel to any home. Besides looking pretty, area rugs work overtime. They absorb a lot of dirt, odors, stains and mud from everyday use. People step on them, pets shed their hair and urinate on them and people smoke near and spill drinks on area rugs.An area rug that is regularly cleaned and maintained will last for a much longer period of time without becoming “raggedy”. One common mistake that homeowners make is to use regular carpet shampoo to clean area rugs. Carpet shampoos are usually designed for synthetic fiber wall-to-wall carpet. They are not designed to clean your wool area rug. Most rugs are made of natural fibers. Carpet shampoos can make the vivid dye on your rug bleed; ruining the color of the rug and potentially staining the floor under it. You may not always be able to correct this damage.
Should you spill some coffee or wine on your area rug, start by using a paper towel to blot any excess spill. Once the blotting is complete, take a little club soda and use it to coax the stain out. It is possible to get a cleaning company that specializes in the specific type of rug that you have, of course.
The process of cleaning an area rug is different from the process of cleaning a carpet. Carpet cleaners will steam clean your carpet just where it is. They use carpet cleaners and then they extract all the water, leaving a clean and dry carpet.