How to Protect Your Rugs from Everyday Dirt and Grime

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Home is where the dirt is–or, rather, the dirt is wherever you happen to be living. Even when you’re away for a few months, the home will always carry its own unique set of smells and visual cues. To keep your home looking its best and feeling as comfortable as possible, it’s important to keep the grime at bay from time to time. But not so much as you might think. By keeping your home spotless on a regular basis, you can avoid accumulating a mountain of dirt buildup that will otherwise make its way into every nook and cranny. And that includes your carpets, rugs, and runners. Fortunately, with some basic maintenance and cleaning tips in mind, it’s easier than ever to stay on top of the grime in your home without breaking the bank either.

Regular cleaning is key to keeping your rugs clean

Cleaning your rugs and carpets by hand on a regular basis will help keep them fresh, clean, and comfortable. It’s also important to be flexible with the scrubbing of your rugs. Doing so will ensure that you’re not wearing down or damaging the fibers of the rug, which can cause it to shed more easily. But cleaning your home from top to bottom isn’t always easy. If you have time constraints or if you just don’t like picking up an entire house at once, consider hiring a professional cleaner for your home. They can come in and give your house a good deep clean without taking away too much time from you or causing any damage to your home. No matter how you choose to sweep up the dirt in your home, having a plan is always best when it comes to keeping things spotless.

Sweep before you vacuum

Before you get to work on your vacuum, it’s important that you make sure that your floor has been swept and cleaned. The dirt will bind with the hair on the brush and be carried into the air vent where it is then blown back into your home. This can also cause static electricity in the carpet, which will leave a residue on the carpet that makes it difficult for it to dry. A quick sweep will help avoid this from happening.

Vacuum daily or at least once a week

Between the mop and bucket, vacuum cleaner gets a lot of love from house cleaners. But that’s probably because it does such a good job of sucking up all the dirt in your home and getting it out of sight. So when you need to clean up your carpets, rugs, or runners, this is a great time to give them a good deep cleanse. The great thing about using a vacuum cleaner to deep clean is that it’ll pick up any dirt and debris that might be lurking on your rugs without much effort. And if you happen to be vacuuming in between cleanings, then you can easily use the suction power of the vacuum cleaner to get rid of any stubborn spots that might still be lingering on the carpet.

Get rid of lost hair ASAP

The first time you notice stray hair in your home, you might think it’s nothing. But over time, hair can build up to become a lost cause. It’s important to not only be aware of where these little silver bullets are lurking and make sure they’re not bothering you or the rest of the family but also to brush them off. The best way to do this is by using something like an air puff or broom on your vacuum cleaner so they get caught in the bristles and removed from your carpeting. Another effective way to remove hair from rugs and carpets is by pulling it off with your fingers. By taking this extra step, you can ensure that every strand has been taken care of – no matter how long it takes!

Discard any old or worn rug immediately

Rugs are not impervious to dirt–even when they’re in pristine condition. That said, you don’t want hulking piles of it piling up on your home’s flooring. Discard any old or worn rug and buy a new one if the dirt buildup is taking its toll on the rug’s quality. Step one: Vacuum your rugs Most people know that vacuuming is an important part of keeping a rug clean. But did you know that vacuuming also helps prevent it from getting dirty in the first place? By removing the bulk of any accumulated dust and debris, vacuuming helps minimize the potential for dirt and grime to build up on your rugs. Take this opportunity to vacuum every day or at least once every week. If your rugs have a durable backing or non-skid layer, give them a wipe down with a dry cloth every few weeks, especially if they’re near doors or other areas where people walk around frequently. You can use this time to give them a quick spray with household cleaner as well!

Protect your high-value rugs with bumpers and pads

The easiest way to keep a rug clean is to avoid placing it in the same place every day. For example, if your hallway is the dirtiest spot in your home, take your rug out of there and keep it somewhere else. Bumpers are available at most major retailers that are designed specifically for rugs, but you can also use layers of old newspapers or something similar.


When it comes to rugs, not cleaning them regularly can result in serious damage. Sweeping and vacuuming regularly will keep them in great shape and maintain their value. So make sure to keep your carpets clean and in good shape.

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