Bathroom rugs – love them or hate them, they look nice in a bathroom. As nice as a rug in a bathroom is, there can be problems with maintaining them. The rugs in your bathroom are warm and moist, which makes them a good place for harmful organisms to thrive. The last thing you want to do is step into a cesspool of organisms after taking a shower. Because of this you should wash your bathroom rugs regularly!
How often you wash your rugs is dependent on your household. Normally, you will want to wash your rugs on a weekly basis, especially if you have kids who play a lot of sports or use a bathmat that never dries. However, if your home consists of only one or two people who shower once a day, you can space out washings so that you’re only cleaning bathroom rugs every two to three weeks.
Like most throw rugs it is best to check the care label to see the best way to wash the rug.
First thing to do is to take your rug outdoors and shake them out really good. It is surprising how much dirt, dust and hair flies out of them. If the rug has a plastic or rubber backing, wipe them off with a dry microfiber cloth.
Chenille and Microfiber bathmats/ rugs are popular because they tend to dry fast and are very soft on the feet. These rugs can generally be washed in the washing machine, but still check the care label. Using a gentle laundry detergent and set the washer on a cold setting; then dry at the lowest heat setting or hang outside to dry.
Persian and Oriental Rugs
One of the most focal points in a living room is the beautiful Persian or Oriental rug placed in the center of the room – which brings the entire room together. This is why you want to take extra special care of your rug. To preserve our Persian or Oriental Rugs, it is so important to vacuum them frequently. When vacuuming, use a very soft bristled beater bar on the vacuum, and make sure the bristles barely touch the tips of the rug yarns. The beater bar is designed to vibrate the fibers, so that the vacuum can suck up dirt. One of the cool things about wool (which is what many Persian and Oriental rugs are made of) is that it is a “self-cleaning” fiber and can push dirt up to the surface as it rubs against.
How Often Should I Clean My Persian or Oriental Rug?
It is best to clean your Persian or Oriental rug before you actually think it needs to be cleaned. Regular vacuuming won’t remove all the dirt, but you also do not want to vacuum too much, this could wear out the rug fibers. Every couple of weeks you should check the rugs and clean any visible spots, then a couple to a few times a year, it is good to hire a professional Persian/ Oriental rug cleaner who will help to enhance the beauty of your rug. Always give us a call if you have any questions.