How To Clean and Care For Area Rugs

How To Clean and Care For Your Area Rug
Schneiderman’s Furniture

So you’ve finally found and purchased the perfect area rug, and you’re loving the way it looks in your space!

Now how can you make sure it will stay looking it’s best? And what if you accidentally spill something? And is it really okay that it’s shedding or sprouting?  How exactly do you care for area rugs?

How to Care for Area Rugs:

Rug Pads

Place padding beneath your rugs for your safety, for the protection of the rug and underlying surfaces, and to prevent color transfer.


It is characteristic for all synthetic and wool pile rugs to lose short fibers.

This “shedding” process is often created when the pile is cut to required height during production and fibers fall onto the surface as “fluff.”  Shedding is not considered a defect.

How much rugs shed will vary based on material type and quality, pile height, age of the rug and knot density (some rugs will shed a fair amount, so don’t panic. :-))

How to care for area rugs: How much rugs shed varies based on several different factors (some rugs will shed a fair amount, so don't panic. :-))
rug | sofa | pharmacy lamp | cocktail table


Certain types of yarns used in the making of rugs are “over-twisted” in order to give the rug the desired texture, and often a yarn tuft will rise above the surface (commonly called “sprouting”).

Sprouting is one of the easiest issues to remedy by merely cutting the sprout (the yarn sticking up above the surface) with a pair of scissors so that it is flush with the rug’s surface. DO NOT PULL THE SPROUT AS IT CAN CAUSE ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO THE RUG. Also, be aware that high heels can cause sprouting as well, even in flat–weave rugs.

Routine Cleaning

Care for area rugs by cleaning and maintaining them regularly with either: (1) a carpet sweeper; (2) a brush; or (3) shake well.  Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar. 

For moderate traffic, clean the rug less than once a month and for heavy traffic, one to three times a week.

Spot Cleaning

1. Act Fast
2. Blot – Never Rub
3. Clean Stain – Edge to Center
4. Do not Soak
5. Pat and Fan Dry
6. Brush Pile

For major spills, professional rug cleaners and professional cleaning methods are recommended.

Great tips in this post on how to care for area rugs

*Do-It-Yourself Rug Cleaning

Food and Beverage: Vacuum dry spills thoroughly. Wet spills use 1/4 teaspoon of mild liquid detergents with a cup of water.

Red Wine: Pouring salt over spills on all dark liquids will absorb the liquid like a sponge.

Pet Messes: Use a vinegar solution, 1 cup white vinegar to 2 cups of water. Rinse with cold water and blot dry.

Paint, Oil & Grease: Use nail polish remover. Rinse with cold water and blot dry.

51 Common Spills and Recommended Home Cleaning Solutions

For a comprehensive cleaning guide for common spills, check out Feizy Rug’s “51 Common Spills & The Recommended Home Cleaning Solutions“.

*Take caution while cleaning a rug.  Be sure to start with an inconspicuous area.  If you are uncertain about your ability to effectively clean the rug on your own, we recommend that you first consult a rug cleaning professional.  Feizy Rugs and Schneiderman’s Furniture accept no liability for damages that a rug may incur during the cleaning process listed above.

Information source: Feizy Rugs 

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11 Responses to How To Clean and Care For Area Rugs

  1. Phil Kircher September 19, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    Great info for anyone looking for a quality rug, what to expect and how to take care of it.

  2. Feizy September 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    We love this! Just because everyday accidents happen, it doesn’t mean that your rug’s appearance has to suffer. Check out our chart of 51 common spills & the recommended home cleaning solutions here:

  3. Paul Rutherford September 18, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    Schneiderman’s is a first class company who strongly supports its vendors, selects only the best quality goods, and offers continuous extra value-add information to its shoppers that enable better buying decisions.

    • Schneiderman's Furniture September 18, 2015 at 9:03 am #

      Thank you Paul! So nice of you to take the time to leave a comment, and such a nice one! We appreciate it.

  4. Carolyn Timberlake September 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    This is such a benefit for the consumer! Well written and very applicable!

  5. Natalie September 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

    I love the Feizy rug I have in my front entry from the Morisco collection!! (natural un-dyed wool so cool!!) It’s just two of us and a dog, so I vacuum it once every 10 days or so and it looks great!

    • Schneiderman's Furniture September 18, 2015 at 9:01 am #

      Morisco is a great collection – Feizy actually has SO many great collections! :-) Happy to hear that you’re liking yours.


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