Similar to the other flooring in your home such as hardwood or traditional wall-to-wall carpet, Pet Friendly Rugs generally demand the correct attention in order to stay in tip-top shape. Cleaning your pet-friendly area rugs daily, and addressing stains in a timely manner will go a very long way towards keeping your rugs in incredible shape. We recommend that you clean rugs the instant spills happen so they do not set into the area rug.
To help you care for your ling term investments, here are 7 tips for keeping your Pet Friendly Rug clean:
In order to prevent a spill from being absorbed by the flooring beneath the rug, we suggest that you place a towel underneath the rug while you work to clean it, or carefully move the rug to another surface.
To remove any spilled solids from your rug, we suggest using the non-serrated side of a butter knife. Be sure to work gently because you don’t want to smear the stain or drive anything further into the rug’s fibers.
Our experts suggest that when it comes to cleaning wet stains, you use a white terry towel. Absorb the wet stain(s) by laying a white terry towel over them. We suggest using a white terry cloth because dyed or colored cloths may transfer color.
Another important thing to remember when cleaning your rug, is that you should never rub or scrub a stain, but rather you should blot the stain with your clean white terry towel. If scrubbed or rubbed, the stain will spread and/or set deeper into the rug's fibers, making it larger and more difficult to remove. Additionally, scrubbing could also damage the rug’s fibers, causing it to become fuzzy, or could even creating a hole in your rug.
Area rugs often hold on to loose dirt, so we recommend that you vacuum them regularly. Depending on the foot traffic your rug receives, we suggest vacuuming two to three times a week in high-traffic areas, such as entryways and halls, and once a week, or once every two weeks, in low-traffic areas. Doing so will keep the dirt from getting ground into the fibers and will help your area rugs last longer.
Repel pet hair from your area rug by spraying it with laundry static-remover spray.
There are a variety of spot cleaners available on the market, but you certainly want to think twice about which ones you use. Often times these "over-the-counter" spot cleaners will set the stain, instead of cleaning it, or will leave behind traces of chemicals that attract an exceptional amount of dirt. When in doubt, we always suggest taking your area rug to a professional cleaning facility. The professionals know the appropriate cleaning chemicals to use for each individual rug, and have the proper techniques and equipment to get your area rug as clean as possible without causing any damage to the rug.