Proper Care of Your Rugs in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco Counties and Beyond…


Vacuuming your rugs is the BEST thing that you can do to keep your rugs in great shape in between cleanings.  Think of all the dust that daily settles on to your hard floors…that same dust settles on your rugs and needs to be removed also, otherwise it works its way into the fibers and causes damage you cannot correct.  However, you do not want to overly “brush” these fibers, so the best tool to use is a canister vacuum cleaner, or the upholstery attachment on your upright HEPA-filter vacuum cleaner, and just run it over the top of the rug fibers.  Vacuum WITH, not against, the nap of the rug’s “fuzzy” side.  (The rug’s fibers are similar to your pet’s fur — you know when you are petting with the nap, and when you are not.  Going “with” it causes less friction.)

If a lot of dirt seems to be collecting on the rug — like on your entryway rugs — then turn these rugs fuzzy side down and run an upright beater bar vacuum along the back side (stay away from the fringe tassels or you’ll suck them up!).  This “shakes” the dirt out of the base of the rug’s foundation, and then you can flip the rug over and vacuum away all of the dust, dirt, allergens, mold spores, bacteria, and other “unmentionables” that have been brought into your home by lots of shoes, feet, and paws.

Entry rugs with high traffic should be “dusted” twice a week (or more) with your canister or upholstery attachment.  Rugs with moderate traffic should be dusted weekly.  Even rugs in areas with no traffic will still have dust settling on them daily, so attend to them bi-weekly.  A consistent dusting routine will help keep your rugs cleaner and healthier longer.  It will also (especially when using a HEPA-filter vacuum) help keep your indoor air cleaner.

Dust & Wash Guidelines:

  • 1)  Entry Rugs (High Traffic):  Vacuum 2+ times per week / Wet wash every 1-2 years*
  • 2)  Moderate Use Rugs (Medium Traffic):  Vacuum weekly / Wet wash every 2-3 years*
  • 3)  Low Use Rugs (Low or no Traffic):  Vacuum bi-weekly / Wet wash every 3-4 years*

(* = if you are dilligent with your vacuum routine you can be on the higher end of the timelines.)

Rugs in rooms with Children and/or Pet Activity

Vacuum (# of kids + pets) times per week / Wet wash every year

Rugs collect allergens, bacteria, and chemicals in their fibers, so if you have kids or pets low to the ground, it’s healthier for them if you keep these areas as irritant-free as possible.  (This is also the guideline for rooms frequented by people with strong dust mite allergies.  Having your rugs, carpeting, and bed linens treated with an all-natural Anti-Allergen Treatment is also recommended.)


(Don’t forget to include cleaning your wall-to-wall carpeting, upholstery, draperies, and hard floors in your “dusting and cleaning” routine.  This will help to extend the life of your floors and furnishings, as well as helping you and your family stay healthier by providing better indoor air quality.)

(C) Textile Pro Network

Your local IICRC (CleanTrust) Certified Firm, Textile Pro Certified and family-owned business in the Tampa Bay area is Apex Floor & Furniture Care.

Helping you and your family protect your investments!

Ron & Jackie Wood, MTC (Master Textile Cleaners)


About Floor and Rug Care 101

Ron and Jackie have owned their family business, Apex Floor and Furniture Care since 1983, adding two divisions to their company known as "The Carpet Repair Dr" & "Nature Coast Rug Cleaning". They are ecstatic that they have been able to bring peace of mind to thousands of customers by providing solutions for the care of their floors, rugs and furnishings. Ron's passion is to help them protect their investments and save them money, while Jackie's passion is to support her husband daily in their business, as well as helping women feel great about their homes, making them fresher, cleaner and healthier for their families. They hold the highest designations in their industry and are certified in many areas of cleaning, repair and restoration services for all types of floors, carpet, rugs and furnishings, specializing in high-end oriental rug & fine fabric cleaning, repair, care and restoration, helping to restore those important, valuable and sentimental items that may get damaged in an unfortunate water damage disaster, as well as whole house odor removal of smoke and pet urine contamination. They are an IICRC Certified Firm, Textile Pro Certified Fine Fabric & Rug Experts, and are a WoolSafe(R) Approved Service Provider, helping you to protect your investments. One of the most important things they do for their customers during a disaster is to help keep things as calm and convenient for them as possible. They realize it's a stressful time, but with their knowledge and expertise, they are able to walk the customer through from start to finish with a very calm, informed and helpful manner. Getting them back into pre-loss condition as easily and quickly as possible. They have been awarded the "Best of Tampa Bay" in their industry since 6/2009 for their services, and have provided this BLOG to help assist others in taking great care of their floors, rugs and furnishings.
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2 Responses to Proper Care of Your Rugs in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco Counties and Beyond…

  1. Thanks for the oriental rug care tips. It seems like high traffic areas can really build up dirt fast.

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