Area Rug Care & Maintenance

Daily care & preventative maintenance

With proper routine care and maintenance, you can keep your area rug beautiful for many years to come. Vacuum at least weekly (if not more often) to pull up dirt and debris. If not vacuumed up, dirt particles can get ground into your rug's fibers, dulling & damaging their appearance over time.

When cleaning shag rugs, keep in mind that they have longer, cable-like yarns that tend to wrap around vacuum beater bars. Disconnect or remove the beater bar of your vacuum cleaner according to the instructions in your vacuum's manual to avoid this. Set your vacuum to the lowest height setting for the best suction results.

surya rug | Gilman Floors
dirty dog on rug | Gilman Floors

Dealing with spills & stains

Your area rug will likely fall victim to the occasional spill or stain, especially if you have kids or pets. If this happens, don't panic! First, assess the mess. If the spill is water-based, such as from juice or a pet accident, you'll want to first blot it with a dry cloth, absorbing as much of the liquid as you can. 

For stubborn oil-based stains, you'll want to consult with your manufacturer's guidelines. You can also consult our spill removal guide in the additional resources below.

Additional Resources

Need additional cleaning tips? Explore the links below!