How to Care for Your Rugs

Basically, rugs need the same attention as wall-to-wall carpet, and in many cases require additional care.

Washing rugs

Small rugs that are machine washable should be shaken well outside and washed per the manufacturers recommendation. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry at the lowest heat setting. 

Beating larger rugs

If you have a larger rug, you can suspended it outside and beat it with a broomstick and then take it inside for vacuuming. Next, if the label says dry-clean only, find a professional rug service like The Steam Team for a highly quality steam cleaning and stain treatment. 

Vacuuming area rugs

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. 

Caring for Oriental, Turkish or Persian rugs

These expensive rugs should almost always be taken to a professional cleaning service. This is especially true if they have fringes, which you can easily damage with a vacuum cleaning.

Professional Rug Cleaning

Regular cleanings by a professional will extend the life of your area rugs. If you live in Austin or Central Texas, call The Steam Team for any of your professional rug cleaning needs!