How to Care for Carpet and Area Rugs

After spending hundreds of dollars on carpeting or area rugs, you want to keep them in pristine condition for years to come. Ground-in dirt, foot traffic, and stains ruin rugs and carpeting in no time if you’re not proactive about care and maintenance. In addition, different styles of rugs require more care than others. It’s also important to remember that the care of your carpet or area rug begins at the store.

Ask About Cleaning Requirements

At retail or carpeting stores, do not shop by looks alone. Before choosing your favorite, ask to see the care instructions. Some area rugs require regular dry cleaning or professional steam cleaning and that can get expensive.

Carpet and area rug fibers are usually one of four materials: nylon, olefin, polyester, or wool. Wool is not a great material for high-traffic areas because it requires special cleaning care that you will not be able to do on your own. Dry cleaning is usually the only option.

Care and Cleaning for Carpeting and Area Rugs

It’s important to get stains cleaned up before they have time to dry. Once a stain is dry, it’s going to be much harder to remove. Always start by blotting up as much of the spilled liquid or food as possible and then applying one of the following methods.

  1. Warm soapy water is one way to remove stains, but make sure you fully rinse the soap from the area. Any remaining residue will attract dirt and dust.
  2. Carpeting manufacturers often suggest using white vinegar and water to remove stains. The balance is one cup of white vinegar to five cups of water. Mix it in a spray bottle and keep it on hand for stains.

Understand Warranty Coverage Before Purchasing

Warranty coverage for carpeting may seem like an excellent idea, but many warranties are not worth the extra cost. Sales professionals often push you towards the carpeting with warranty coverage, but ask questions to make sure the coverage is as good as it seems.

Typically, carpeting warranties require that you pay for professional steam cleaning every 12 to 18 months. Additionally, in order to claim the warranty, you have to allow the manufacturer to send in expensive professional cleaners at your expense. If you fail to do exactly as they say, you void the warranty.

The other thing to understand about warranties is that most companies have clauses that state no carpet is “fully stain proof.” That wording is followed by their definition of what constitutes stains worthy of warranty coverage, and the terms can be limiting.

At Cokas Diko, we don’t use pressure sales and warranties when you make any home decor purchases — when you’re ready to buy an area rug we will only steer you to the one you want to buy. Pay us a visit in one of our stores in Santa Rosa, Petaluma or Solano Beach and see our selection.

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