After buying the rug of your dreams, the other remaining question in your mind is: Well, how do I make it look like it’s new forever? Whether you have kids, pets, or live alone, keeping your rug clean used to be a constant struggle.
By now you might be familiar with our collection of washable rugs, so you can stop worrying about stains and focus on day-to-day cleaning activities, such as vacuuming, which … can now be automated with the help of a robot vacuum. Now the only reason to worry is whether or not your robot vacuum can get stuck in the fringes of your shag rug. So, will it? We’ll answer that and all your other vacuum-related rug questions below!
Do robot vacuums work well on rugs?
Yes! Modern Roomba/Roborock/Robovac/iRobots are able to clean shags and thick rugs without getting stuck. From leather to natural fiber to viscose rugs, robot vacuums can now work on different surfaces. But we do advise on hiding your rug’s fringe before vacuuming to prevent them from being vacuumed up.
Should you vacuum rugs?
Yes. You can use a vacuum to clean your rugs. Look at care instructions on your rug. They can guide you on cleaning and care instructions.
Can a conventional vacuum ruin my rug?
Some vacuums may not be friendly to use on your rug. It could be the make or simply the settings. You must understand how the vacuum works and how it will affect your rug. Some cleaning liquids can be harsh to use on your rug. Harsh brush cleaners can destroy the delicate fibers on your mats.
Can robot vacuums ruin my rugs?
A robot vacuum rarely will ruin a rug. At worst, it might suck up some threads from your rug.
Modern robot vacuums use suction which cannot harm your rug. All you have to ensure is that the suction is not too strong. With the new generation of vacuums that you can set through your WIFI connection, you can set your robot vacuum to clean (or skip) your area rugs.
Setting your robot vacuum correctly can help it transition from cleaning the floor to the rug—though it may get tricky as the surfaces are not the same.
How to Vacuum a Shag Rug
We all want to know how to vacuum a shag rug. Shag rugs are a great addition to your home décor. The warm and cushy feel presents a cozy feeling to our feet. Even your pet will love spending time on the rug. But, the threads also trap dust and particles that you need to remove to keep your home clean and inviting.
Though cleaning may seem like an uphill task, there are ways you can care for your rug without damaging it.
Step 1: Caution
Before you start cleaning, you must set your vacuum right to avoid any mishaps. Shag rugs require suction cleaning as opposed to brushing. Leather rugs also need special attention as they may get damaged by heavy cleaning agents.
Step 2: Set the vacuum
Use a low setting on the vacuum to prevent the threads from being sucked in. The vacuum works by sucking any material trapped deep in the threads. That means it will treat the fibers as dust particles.
Step 3: Pre-cleaning
Turn the rug upside down to remove trapped objects between the threads. Some can easily fall off, and it is easier to start by removing anything that can fall off on its own.
Step 4: Vacuum
Vacuum small parts to remove all the dirt trapped inside. Use the suction to go through the rug part by part to get deep into the threads. The more times you can run the vacuum through the vacuum on the rug, the better.
How often should rugs be vacuumed?
Vacuuming shag rugs keeps them looking good as the suction fluffs up the threads. Try vacuuming as often as possible to ensure that you keep the rug clean. That way, there will never be an accumulation of dirt and particles that may affect the feel of the rug.
Area Rug Cleaning
Area rug cleaning is an essential part of making your home comfy. However, it can be time-consuming, and most people find it a continuous struggle to keep their homes neat. Here are crucial area rug cleaning techniques that you will love.
Can I clean my area rug in the washer?
Before you toss your rug in the washing machine, make sure that it’s machine washable. Depending on the material, you may have to resort to vacuuming and cleaning your rug the traditional way. For convenience, we offer a line of machine washable rugs to keep life simple. All of our other rugs offered have to be vacuumed and hand cleaned. Be sure to always check the care instructions for your rugs for more details!
Rug Drying Recommendations
Once you have the rug cleaned in the washer, dry it by hanging it in the open. Avoid heat drying in the dryer. If you have a dryer that does not use heat for drying, you can use it. Airing out your rugs also gets rid of any odor and makes them smell fresh.
Area rugs can also be ironed to rid them of creases. However, you need to use low heat. Other methods that people find effective in straightening edges include placing something heavy on the rug like a pile of books.
Shake It Off
The shake method works quite impressively when you shake off all the dirt and leave it to air outside. The airing will help get rid of odors too.
Need more help cleaning your rug? Check out more rug guides.