Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and, in some cases, require special attention.
•Washing rugs - If your rug is small and the label says “machine washable,” shake the rug outside first and then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry on the lowest heat setting.
•Beating larger rugs - If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside first; then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it. Many carpet cleaning professionals have rug cleaning expertise as well, but, if the label says dry clean only, your best bet may be to roll it up and take it to a dry cleaner. Save time by calling first to see if the cleaner does rug cleaning — many do not.
•Vacuuming area rugs - Area rugs with fringe require a special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the rug, vacuuming toward the fringe, being careful not to catch the strands in the brush roller. Move the vacuum steadily and completely off the rug. Lift the rug edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
•Caring for woven Oriental, Turkish, or Persian rugs - Consult with a professional rug cleaning service.
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