Introduction: Rugs are versatile decor elements that add warmth, comfort, and style to homes with hard surfaces such as hardwood floors, tile, laminate, or vinyl. However, cleaning and maintaining rugs in these environments can present unique challenges due to the potential for dirt, debris, and moisture to accumulate underneath the rug. In this blog post, presented by K&S Carpet Cleaning Gravesend, we’ll share expert advice for rug cleaning in homes with hard surfaces, helping you keep your rugs looking clean, fresh, and well-maintained.

Use Rug Pads:

  1. One of the most important considerations when placing rugs on hard surfaces is to use rug pads underneath. Rug pads provide cushioning and support for the rug, preventing it from slipping, sliding, or bunching up on smooth floors. Additionally, rug pads create a barrier between the rug and the hard surface, allowing for better airflow and preventing moisture from becoming trapped underneath the rug. Choose a rug pad designed for hard surfaces to ensure optimal performance and protection for your floors and rugs.

Vacuum Regularly:

  1. Regular vacuuming removes surface dirt, dust, and debris from rugs in homes with hard surfaces. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment or beater bar to loosen and lift dirt from the rug fibres effectively. Focus on high-traffic areas and areas where dirt tends to accumulate, such as entryways and living rooms. Vacuuming should be done at least once a week, or more frequently in homes with pets or heavy foot traffic, to keep rugs clean and well-maintained.

Spot Clean Spills Promptly:

  1. Promptly clean up spills and stains on rugs to prevent them from setting into the fibres and becoming more difficult to remove. Blot up spills immediately with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel, and do not rub or scrub the stain, which can spread it further. Use a mild detergent or carpet cleaner diluted with water for stubborn stains, and gently dab the stained area with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Rinse with clean water and blot dry to remove excess moisture.

Rotate Rugs Regularly:

  1. To prevent uneven wear and fading, rotate rugs regularly in homes with hard surfaces. Rotate rugs 180 degrees every six months or as needed to ensure they wear evenly and maintain their appearance. This is especially important for rugs placed in high-traffic areas or areas exposed to direct sunlight, as these areas are more prone to wear and fading over time.

Deep Clean Periodically:

  1. Periodic deep cleaning removes embedded dirt, dust, and allergens from rugs in homes with hard surfaces. Depending on the size and material of the rug, you can clean it using a carpet cleaner, steam cleaner, or professional rug cleaning service. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and care, and avoid using excessive moisture or harsh chemicals that can damage the rug fibres or affect the hard surface underneath.

Conclusion: Cleaning and maintaining rugs in homes with hard surfaces requires careful attention to detail and appropriate cleaning techniques and products. Following these expert tips, you can keep your rugs looking clean, fresh, and well-maintained while protecting your hard surfaces from damage and wear.

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This is a photo of a cream rug which is being professionally steam cleaned.

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