You walk all over it every day, you drag furniture across it, tread dirt into it, spill drinks on it and let pets roll on it – don’t you think your rug deserves a bit of a break? Before vacuum cleaners, we used to clean our rugs by airing them out, beating the dust out of them and rinsing them thoroughly. But how do you know when it’s time to give your rug that bit of extra attention once more?
1. If you have allergies
Your rug may look clean, but tightly knotted or deep piled rugs and carpets can hold a huge amount of dust and grime – up to a pound per square foot, according to some estimates. This may be irritating your families allergies or conditions such as asthma, without you even realising it.
2. If you have a furry friend
There is nothing that your cat or dog enjoys more than a nice roll around in something smelly. Then they come back into your house and stretch out on your rug – great. Not only are they transferring all the muck from outside into the fibres of your rug, they are clogging it up with animal hairs as well. This warrants a deep clean.
3. If you have tried to clean it yourself
You started out with the best intentions, but when you scrub and rub at a rug, you damage the fibres and end up with a rough patch of pile which is hard to miss.
4. If your rug is an antique
A well-made rug will last for a hundred years or more, but older rugs need extra TLC. Protect your family heirloom or antique piece with some regular care, and keep it looking better for longer.