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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How to Vacuum Your Area and Oriental Rugs

What’s the number one thing you can do to keep your area and Oriental rugs looking like new?  Vacuum them regularly.  “One big misconception floating around is that you can vacuum a rug too much,” said Greg Henderson, Manager of A Cleaner World’s Rug Cleaning Division.  “That’s simply not true.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Not vacuuming your rugs regularly causes the dirt and grit to become embedded in the fibers resulting in fiber abrasion and color loss.”

How often should you vacuum?  Is there a right or wrong way to do it?  We’ve compiled a few tips to help you get the most out of this household chore.
  • Dust furniture, blinds, and woodwork first, and then vacuum to pick up any dust that falls.     
  • Never vacuum a rug’s fringe.  It can get twisted, tangled, and damaged easily.  Instead, lift the edges of the rug up to clean underneath the fringe, and then let the fringe gently fall back naturally.
  • Flip the rug over and vacuum the back, which will help loosen embedded soil.  Then flip it back over and vacuum the front.   
  • Don’t rush.  Slower movements give the vacuum cleaner more time to remove dirt and debris.
  • If your rug is heavily soiled, vacuum one way and then make a quarter turn to vacuum the opposite direction.  
  • The more full your vacuum cleaner’s bag or drum is, the less suction power it has.  Be sure to change the bag or empty the drum when it is 1/2 - 2/3 full.
  • Vacuum your rugs at least once a week and more often in high-traffic areas or if you have pets.
In addition to regular vacuuming, A Cleaner World recommends that you have your rugs professionally cleaned at least every 12-18 months to keep your rugs looking great.  For additional rug care tips, check out the rug cleaning tips page on our web site.  To learn more about A Cleaner World’s rug cleaning services, give Greg a call at 336-804-0045.

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