Tips on Cleaning Your Area Rug

There are two things I badly wish for: having Princess Jasmine’s sexy abs, and going on that magic carpet ride with prince what’s-his-name.  Since it may take more than rubbing a magic lamp to grant me my wishes, the closest I can get to making them real is by getting me a nice area rug for my living room.

Choosing an area rug is one thing, area rug cleaning is another.  Here are a few tips on keeping your area rug as clean as a hound’s tooth:

Vacuum your rug at least every two weeks.   Do this every two weeks.  If it’s small enough, you can take it outside and shake off the dirt every so often.

Brush off pet hair.  Sometimes, vacuuming may leave out nasty pet hairs.  Using a stiff brush, brush in the direction of the nap of the rug.

Spot clean your area rug.  Remember to blot and not rub stained areas.  Using a clean towel, press down hard from the outside, and work your way towards the middle of the stain.

Amazingly, brake cleaner works on food stains.  Use it sparingly to spot clean those unexpected food spills on the carpet.

How you take care of your area rug will greatly determine its life span.  Treat it as you would a precious gem, and it’s sure to last you a long time.