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When to Vacuum, When to Deep Clean – Fred Remmers Rug Gallery

When to Vacuum, When to Deep Clean

Your rug is precious. It’s a family heirloom. It’s a conversation piece. It’s your dog’s favorite napping space. It’s the perfect accent to that glass coffee table and your leather couch. Like everything that you hold dear, you want to protect and care for your rug. You may spend time once a week, perhaps once a month, sending a vacuum over the surface of your rug. For most rugs, that’s a good practice (when done right). However, there are so many things that you can, and should do to ensure that your rug remains in great shape for years to come. So let’s talk rug vacuuming. In today’s article, we’re going to cover rugs that you shouldn’t vacuum, rugs that you can vacuum, and tips to vacuum your rugs the right way—they’ll retain their strength and beauty, without sacrificing their longevity.

Rugs You Shouldn’t Vacuum

If you have an especially thick shag rug, or a fragile oriental rug, it’s best not to vacuum your rugs. Thick shag can detach during cleaning, and that can leave your rug patchy (and it can ruin your vacuum). If you have a fragile rug (perhaps it’s an heirloom), it’s best not to vacuum the rug. If you choose to vacuum an especially fragile rug, use the lowest suction setting, and use a handheld upholstery attachment to vacuum your rug. With rugs that you truly can’t use a vacuum on, here’s what you can do:

What You Should Do Instead

If you can’t vacuum your rug, don’t fret. There are options! First of all, it’s wise to shake out rugs that can handle being shook. If a rug is too delicate even for shaking, you can take your rug into a rug cleaner for gentle deep cleaning.

Rugs You Can Vacuum

For most other rugs, it’s safe to run the vacuum over their surface. After all, vacuums are designed to clean carpet, and a rug isn’t too far off. That said, you’ll want to follow our vacuuming tips to ensure that you don’t damage your rugs, and to make sure that you get a thorough clean.

Vacuuming Tips

First things first, it’s important to utilize a vacuum that’s well suited for a rug. You don’t want an overpowered vacuum that’ll ensnare threads throughout your precious carpet. Nor do you want a vacuum that’s not powerful enough to remove dust particles from those fibers. If you have a more delicate rug, use a vacuum with a handheld attachment tool that doesn’t have a beater bar (that bar that has spinning bristles). If you have a stronger rug, you can utilize a handheld attachment with a beater bar—the beater bar will help to ruffle the fibers of the rug, and that means that it can capture more dust particles that’ve been caught in the rug. You may also use a stand-up vacuum with a beater bar, but take caution! You may cause the edges of your rug to fray and wear more easily if they get snagged by the beater bar. Our advice: Stick to a handheld attachment if you’re attached to your rug.

Regardless of Your Rug, Get Consistent Deep Cleaning

Regardless of how often you vacuum, you should get a deep cleaning for your rug every one to three years or so. A deep clean brings out the dirt and dust that’s deeply buried and clinging to the inner fibers of your rug. Deep cleaning is intended to loosen and release all of the dust and dirt that’s built up within your rug over the years. Depending on the rug, we can use a variety of techniques to give your rug a deep clean that’ll reinvigorate your rug and its look.

If your rug is ready for a deep clean, count on the rug professionals here at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners. We have rug cleaning shops in Memphis, Nashville, and Atlanta. Learn more about our rug washing services. We clean all of the following rug types:

  • Persian Rugs
  • Turkish Rugs
  • Pakistan Rugs
  • Afghan Rugs
  • Chinese Rugs
  • Indian Rugs
  • Portuguese Rugs
  • Egyptian Rugs
  • Romanian Rugs
  • Silk Rugs
  • Shag Rugs
  • Skin Leather Rugs
  • Flokati Rugs
  • Antique Rugs

Get started with a free estimate for your rug wash!

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