Basic Rug Care

Basic Rug Care

Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and, in some cases, require special attention.

  • Washing rugs: If the label on your smaller rugs say “machine washable”, shake the rugs outside first and then put them in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Generally, most rugs call for cleanings in warm water (90 to 105 degrees) with a mild detergent. Tumble dry low.
  • Beating larger rugs: If your larger rug is easy to pick up, first shake it outside; then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it. If the label says dry clean only, then roll it up and take it to a professional rug cleaner such as Chem-Dry by Dan Derby in Grapevine. Save time and aggravation by calling first to see if the professional cleaner does rug cleanings since many do not. You can trust your rugs of all types with Chem-Dry by Dan Derby technicians who have been trained as an Area Rug Experts for off-site cleaning .
  • Vacuuming area rugs: Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar. Lift the carpet edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
  • Caring for Oriental, Persian, or Turkish rugs: Clean imported rugs according to your carpet manufacturer’s specifications or bring in a professional cleaning service. Be gentle with fringe. For heirloom-type rugs, you need to call professional cleaners. Call Chem-Dry by Dan Derby in Grapevine, TX at (817) 237-3467 to learn more about Expert Area Rug cleaning services.
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