How can I safely vacuum my rugs at home?
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Yes you can, in fact this is the most important thing that you can do for your rugs, but some tips to follow:
- Ideally, if you are vacuuming weekly, you should use a non-beater bar vacuum or a handheld upholstery attachment to run the over the top of the fibres. What you want to do is pick up the dust that has settled on the tips of the fibres before they work their way down to the foundation and become abrasive material that causes wool to wear and break down over time.
If you do use a beater bar vacuum, then set it on the highest level setting and run your vacuum strokes from side to side (this way you will not accidentally suck up the fringe tassles – our number1 repair).
- 1or 2 times a year, if possible, turn your rug face down on a smooth surface and use an upright beater bar vacuum cleaner and slowly vacuum the back of the rug (again on the highest setting). The vibrations from the bar will shake out some of the deep down dirt. Pull the rug over, and vacuum the dirt from the front of the rug. Sweep up the dirt from the floor (if you vacuum the floor you will prematurely wear the bristles on the beater bar).
If you have hard floors in your home, you know how much fine grit and dust settles on your floors … this also settles on your rugs daily, but you do not notice this because it works its way down to the base of the fibres. A regular dusting routine will help your rug to last longer, and will also let you extend the time in between professional full immersion cleaning.
Why do I need a rug pad? Does it really make a difference?
Pads do offer stability, but also much more than that.