Area Rugs Care & Maintenance

At Leicester Flooring, we feel that regular care and maintenance of your area rug is the best way to ensure that it retains its beauty over the long term. Even if you don’t have a lot of spare time, there are some quick and easy tasks that will do wonders to protect the look and longevity of your area rug. For instance, preventative maintenance will go a long way to keep your rug looking as good as new for years to come.


Area Rugs Care and Maintenance

A great way to start is by making sure that family and guests remove their outdoor shoes before walking across your area rug. This will minimize the amount of dirt that accumulates on it. As dirt particles can damage rug fibers, less dirt means less damage. For most of our area rugs, a daily to weekly vacuuming with a manufacturer’s approved appliance will suffice to keep them feeling and looking fresh. If your rug is in an area with light to medium traffic, a twice-weekly vacuuming will be fine. However, for rugs in heavy-traffic areas, a quick daily vacuuming is recommended. Other preventative maintenance tips include: placing carpet protectors under furniture legs, reducing the area rug’s exposure to direct sunlight, and limiting the amount of (heavy) furniture moving.

Find vacuum cleaning tips for Shaw Floors area rugs here.


Rug Cleaning Tips

For shag area rugs, it’s very important to protect the cable yarn when vacuuming. Not only can long yarns on from the area rug wrap around your vacuum’s beater bar, also known as a rotator brush, but the brush itself can damage your rug’s fibers. To prevent such damage, before vacuuming, consult your vacuum manual to see about disconnecting the beater bar. Once it’s disconnected, set your vacuum to the lowest height setting, which provides the best suction. You may also want to consider buying a carpet rake to loosen any soil before vacuuming.


Professional Cleaning

We also recommend that, on occasion throughout the year, you either arrange for a professional carpet cleaning (especially one using the hot water extraction method) or that you shampoo your area rug yourself. Just be sure to consult – and follow – the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines beforehand to ensure maximum effectiveness and a beautiful end result. An additional cleaning tip worth noting is to never dry clean your area rugs or use bleach on them.  Consider making periodic cleaning of your area rug a part of your annual spring and summer cleaning routines.

Stain Removal:

No matter how careful you are, and how much you stick to your care and maintenance routine, your area rug will still most likely fall victim to the occasional spill, dirt or mess over time, especially if you have kids or pets. Many of our area rugs are sold with stain-resistant technology built into the fibers, just like with Shaw Floors carpet with R2X Stain and Soil Protection. This makes cleaning common household stains a cinch! 

Your first instinct when it comes to common household spills, stains or soils on your area rug, like spilled juice, soda or wine and bloodstains or pet accidents, is to immediately start cleaning up the mess. However, we recommend that before you first and foremost you establish whether it’s an oil-based stain or a water-based stain, and then consult our common stain removal guides. 

Before making your new area rug purchase, speak with one of Leicester Flooring store representatives about Shaw R2X Stain and Soil Carpet Remover, which boasts the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval among other certificates and seals of approval. We sell this product at our store location, and you can also order additional bottles online.


Why choose us?

Leicester Flooring is a family-owned company, serving our community for over 40 years. We changed our name from Leciester Carpet to Leciester Flooring because we’ve always been more than carpet! Not only do we have the best selection in carpet, but we also have the best selection in hardwood & luxury vinyl tile and plank. We take pride in selling only American-made flooring.  It is the core of what we believe in as a company.  We invite you to click below to learn more about our history and the “Leicester Difference”.

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