Rug Care 101: How To Make Your Rugs Alive Again

Your rugs are a significant investment and an essential part of your home’s decor. But like everything else, they can accumulate dirt, dust, and stains without proper care.

And while it may be tempting to think first of just tossing the dirty rugs away and getting new ones, replacing a new rug can be expensive! If your rug has already lost its shine and vitality, don’t throw it away yet!

With a little know-how on the care and maintenance of rugs, you may be able to revitalise its looks. Today, we’ll show you some rug and carpet care tips that can help you bring back the lustre and life of your rugs.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_Close-up view of Person Cleaning the Colour Carpet With Vacuum Cleaning In The Living RoomVacuum regularly 

You need to start by setting a schedule for vacuuming your rug regularly. Overtime, dirt, dust, and other debris can accumulate on your rug, causing them to look dull and lifeless.

It’s important to vacuum the rug diligently, with enough force to ensure that you remove as much dirt and debris as possible. This can help prolong the life of your rug and enhance its appearance. 

Remember: you should be cautious and not to be too aggressive as this may cause damage to the rug fibres or pull up any loose threads or fringes. You just want to vacuum the rug enough for maintenance, not deconstruction!

So how often should carpets and rugs be cleaned with a vacuum? It depends on factors like rug material and foot traffic, but generally, you should aim to vacuum at least twice a week.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_Woman hand pouring baking soda Sodium bicarbonate in long hair fur carpet for cleaning and stain remClean and deodorise with baking soda

Using baking soda is an effective cleaning solution for your rugs, whether you need to spot clean or wash them. 

However, it’s crucial to remember that baking soda may not be suitable for all types of rugs, especially delicate rugs. So, it’s always best to test a small, unnoticeable area of the rug before using baking soda or any cleaning solution on the entire rug.

Anyway, here’s how to clean a carpet or rug with baking soda without water:

  • To remove stains and odours from your rug, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the affected area. 
  • Leave it on for several hours or overnight, and then vacuum it up with a vacuum cleaner. 
  • This method can help to absorb moisture and remove unpleasant smells from the rug.

Disclaimer: Consult a professional cleaner when in doubt.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_Woman placing rug on floor in kitchenRotate your rugs regularly

Another way to maintain your rugs is to rotate them on a regular basis.

As time passes, foot traffic can wear down the fibres in your rugs, causing them to look faded and flattened. Unfortunately, when your rug is in the same place or position each time, the places where people pass regularly end up looking far more worn than others.

So, to prevent your rug from becoming overly worn or damaged, try rotating your rugs every six months or so, to ensure even wear and tear. This practice will help to preserve the rug’s original appearance and extend its lifespan.

There’s an added bonus to this, by the way. By rotating your rugs, you can also change the look and feel of a room.

Different areas of the rug will be exposed to foot traffic and sunlight when you rotate. This can give the impression of a brand-new rug without having to purchase a new one. 

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_rug rakeRake it up 

A rug rake can also bring your rug back to life. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a simple tool designed to lift and separate the fibres of your rug.

How does it help? Simple: it removes dirt, dust, and debris. Using a rug rake can also restore the fluffiness and texture of your rugs, which is great when you want a rug to look good again.

Rugmaker_Blog-Piece_Automatic washing and cleaning of carpetsDo some deep cleaning

A deep cleaning can work wonders for an old rug. For small rugs with mild grime, this can usually be done on your own by shampooing the rug with a mild detergent and rinsing it thoroughly. 

On the other hand, if your rugs are very large, heavily soiled, have a strong odour, or have persistent stains, it is best to seek professional help.

Professional rug cleaning services use specialised equipment and cleaning solutions to deeply cleanse your rugs and remove dirt, stains, and odours effectively. 

They can also address damage or fraying to your rug’s fibres or edges, restoring the piece to its original condition.

If you plan to try shampooing your rug yourself, by the way, be sure to read our article on mistakes to avoid when doing that. It can help you avoid damaging the rug by accident!

What if none of the tips above are working?

Now, sometimes, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles: some rugs or carpets will just reach a point when they can’t be brought back to (presentable) life.

If the tips above or the ones in our other rug cleaning articles don’t make a difference to your rug, it may be time to consider getting a new one. 

Fortunately, rug makers offer high-quality rugs that are durable and can last a long time. It’s okay to let go of an old rug when it’s really given up the ghost – and this lets you invest in a new one that will give you a fresh start in terms of home decor and comfort.

If you’re interested in that, contact us. We can design and make your own custom rug for your first home… and even give you more decor tips along the way!