Vacuuming sucks. And that’s exactly why it’s key to maintaining a clean, healthy rug. So get yourself a good one with the suction power to draw up all the dirt and debris brought in from the outside, as well as pet hair and crumbs. We don’t recommend any particular brand, we suggest perhaps consulting with Consumer Reports before you purchase one. But just having a quality machine is not enough. You have to learn the art of vacuuming.
How To Vacuum A Rug
- Take traffic into consideration. Vacuum once a week in light traffic areas (bedrooms), daily for heavy traffic areas (hallways) to prolong the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers.
- Use the attachments. Every few weeks, use your crevice tool for cleaning around baseboards and radiators and in other hard-to-reach places.
- Divide your wall-to-wall carpeting into quadrants and vacuum an entire section before moving on to the next to make sure you don’t miss a spot.
- Go over each section of carpeting several times. Take your time and work slowly to allow the suction to remove all the ground-in dust and dirt. One pass with even a high-powered upright is not enough, especially in plush carpeting where dirt is sure to be deeply embedded.
- Pay special attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes. This lifts the nap that resting feet press down, along with dirt.
- Do not put anything like baking soda in the bag, presumably to make the rug smell fresh, as you are only masking any true orders that should be removed professionally.
- Never sprinkle any kind of rug freshener on the carpet, as you will only be adding more debris into the mix. Read the chemical content of these off the shelf fresheners and decide if you want to expose your children, elderly, or pets to these harmful gimmicks.
- Turn the rug over and vacuum the back every three months.
- Every six months move sofas, breakfronts, tables, etc. that are on top of rugs, then vacuum front and back and rotate your rug 180 degrees. This will help with furniture marks, hidden moth activity under large and heavy furniture, and even out any unavoidable sun exposure.
- Avoid the fringes. When you get to the edge of the rug, vacuum parallel to the fringe so it doesn’t get caught in the machine even a little. Pulling the fringe — just slightly — pulls the weft and wrap. The more this happens, the sooner the rug will begin to unravel.
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