You’ve probably heard of carpet cleaning, and floor cleaning, but rugs often go neglected. But just like carpets, rugs need cleaning too. Otherwise dirt, dust and allergens are trodden down into the rug fibres, where they can start to interfere with your home’s cleanliness and air quality.
So rugs need cleaning every now and then, to keep home environments healthy and safe. But exactly how often should I clean my rug?
The short answer is, it depends. Ideally you should have your rug professionally cleaned at least once a year.
Here’s some more information about when to surface clean your rug, and when to deep clean it professionally.
How often should I vacuum my rug?
Everyone should vacuum their rugs at least once a week, regardless of who lives in the home. This keeps your home clean, and stops dirt from damaging the rug.
However, in homes with children, elderly, pets, or just large families, your rug has to cope with a lot more dirt. If you smoke in the house, this can also cause your rug to need more regular vacuuming.
So for homes like those mentioned above, rugs should be vacuumed 2-4 times a week.
How often should I clean my rug?
Whilst vacuuming is a great way to get rid of dirt, dust and allergens that are laying idle on the rug’s surface, it doesn’t remove all dirt. Some dirt will have been trodden deeper into the rug fibres, too deep to be removed by a vacuum.
A professional clean will leave your rug completely dirt-and odour-free. It’s also going to improve the appearance and life span of your rug.
So there are a lot of benefits to having your rug professionally cleaned every now and then, but exactly how often should you have it cleaned?
Most rugs only need cleaning once a year, but for families with children and pets, it’s a good idea to have rugs cleaned twice a year.
Households with several pets should consider getting rugs cleaned as often as four times a year if they want to keep their home as clean and allergen-free as possible.
Professional Rug and Carpet Cleaning
Rugs can trap dirt even more than carpets, so it’s important that they’re cleaned at least once a year. If you have pets, you’ll need to clean your rug more regularly, 2-4 times per year.
Showing your rug some TLC has its advantages: you’ll benefit from a cleaner home, with cleaner air, and your rug will last much longer whilst looking its best.
It’s also worth having a professional carpet cleaning company clean your rugs for you. DIY rug cleaning can eliminate odours and result in an effective surface clean, but for an effective deep clean, you’ll need a professional.
Professionals can also make sure the right cleaning method is used of your rug. Rugs of different materials and ages respond differently to different treatments. A professional will be able to advise and carry out the best method for your rug.