Tuesday, March 9, 2010

When is the Best time to Clean your Rugs?

A common question we get here at Luv-A-Rug is: How often should I get my rug cleaned?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency cleaning should be done:

  • 3-6 months...with young children and pets
  • 4 months...two people smoking in home
  • 6 months...young children no pets
  • 6-12...two people non-smoking

This is in a ideal world that we would clean all the soft surfaces in our home with that frequency.

Where you use an area rug greatly depends on cleaning frequency.

An area rug used in the kitchen should be cleaned at least every 6 months. A kitchen rug is absorbing lots of spills and food odours, so it should be cleaned often.

Any area rug that is used by children and pets should be cleaned at least once if not twice a year. Every day your area rug is collecting dust, food bits, pets dander and oils, drool, and things you just don't even think about.

Vacuuming doesn't get rid of all the dirt in your rugs. Your needs a good deep thorough cleaning to get rid of the impacted dirt.

A rug in a bedroom can be cleaned every year or two, but the whole rug should be vacuumed at least once a month. If any of the rug in under the bed or has large furniture on it that can become a prime target for Clothes Moth's.

Remember that moth's like dirty, dark, undisturbed areas of wool rugs and that includes under the edges of the rugs. Keeping your rugs as clean as possible saves you money.

You save money by not having to deal with a moth infestation in your home. When your rugs have evidence of moth activity, it costs more to get it cleaned and have a moth treatment done. If the damage is too much you then would have to replace the rug.

Another good time to get your area rugs cleaned is just before you go on vacation. Bring them in a day or two before you leave and when you get back you have clean rugs. That way you are not having to live without your rugs for a week.

Plus if the unthinkable happens and there is a flood or burst water heater or aquarium break down, your rugs won't be damaged.

When you are moving is another great time to clean your rugs. We can pick them up at one address and deliver them to the new address. If you have to store a rug we can wrap it for storage after cleaning it.

Are rugs that are used every day should be cleaned once or twice a year. Rarely used rugs can be at least every two years with regular vacuuming.

If you think that getting your rug cleaned that often is a waste of money, think of your rug as an piece of clothing you that you wear every day. Every day it is collecting spills, dirt, dust. After awhile it is going to start to look and feel gross.

When you need your rugs picked up for cleaning, give Luv-A-rug a call at 250-590-6210 and we can arrange it.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary