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Tips for Maintaining Your Area Rugs

Feb 29, 2024 | Area Rug Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Stain Removal

area rug being cleaned by professional from B&T Chem-Dry

If you have area rugs and regularly get them professionally cleaned, you may be wondering if that’s all you need to do. While regular professional cleanings are essential for the health and longevity of your area rugs, there are also other steps you can take in between cleanings. Here is what our area rug cleaning experts at B&T Chem-Dry want you to know. 

Plan to Vacuum Regularly

We talk to a lot of homeowners who say that they vacuum regularly, but then can’t actually tell us how often that is. The saying goes if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Thus, it’s important to create a schedule for when you will vacuum the various rugs and carpets in your home. This will make sure that you actually get it done as often as you need to.

We recommend vacuuming your rug at least once a week. However, if you have pets or children, or your rug is in a particularly high-traffic area of your home such as the entryway or hallway, you may want to vacuum even more often.

Stop Dirt Being Tracked Into Your Home

As you can imagine, one of the top ways that dirt enters your home is on your shoes (similarly, the other is on your pets). Thus, one of the best and easiest things you can do for the health of your rugs is to not wear shoes inside your house. If you are used to wearing shoes in the home, this can be tricky to implement at first. Place a shoe rack near each entrance of your home to remind you and your family. You can also invest in house slippers for everyone. Just make sure not to wear them outside, as that defeats the purpose! If you absolutely must wear shoes inside, place a mat at every entrance and be sure to wipe your shoes each time you come in. 

Wear Socks

While shoes aren’t good for your carpets, socks actually are. Feet are naturally sweaty and oily. Wearing socks or house slippers indoors can protect your carpets from these oils, which can affect the fibers and dyes of your rugs over time. Just make sure whatever you’re wearing is clean! Replace your socks after you’ve worn them in shoes. 

Rearrange Your Furniture 

Many people already rearrange their furniture every so often to create a fresh, new feeling in their home. Not only is this good for your feng shui, rearranging the furniture can redirect the traffic paths in your home. This spreads the wear and tear of your rugs out, instead of concentrating all of the foot traffic in one spot.  If you can’t rearrange your furniture, at least make sure to rotate your rugs. Otherwise, you will start to see your rug wear out much quicker in the places you walk on most, like in front of furniture. 

Dab Up Spills Right Away

Accidental spills are one of the most common sources of spots and stains in rugs. If you drop something on your rug that could stain it, grab a white cloth or paper towel and absorb as much of the extra liquid as possible. Use light pressure and a dabbing motion. Don’t scrub your carpets, as this can push the stain in deeper and damage the rug.


These tips will help keep your rugs clean and healthy in between area rug cleanings from B&T Chem-Dry. If it’s time to schedule that regular rug cleaning in Saginaw, Midland, Flint, Grand Blanc, or the surrounding areas, give us a call at (989) 349-6595 and we’ll be happy to help! 

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