Area rugs can be stunning additions to any home décor; however, they can be expensive and sometimes fragile. It is important to know how to keep your area rugs looking nice by cleaning them properly. Here are five tips to help you keep your rugs looking beautiful for as long as possible.

#1 Don’t Beat your Rugs
According to the sage advice of rug cleaning experts, the only rugs you should beat or shake are low-cost doormats. Beating rugs will cause the intricate woven threads to slacken, and you can damage the underside of the rug. It’s best not to take the chance.

#2 Clean Spills and Stains Immediately
Scrape or blot the stain depending on the spill. Use a 100% white clean dry towel for blotting by pressing down firmly from the outside into the middle.

#3 Don’t Vacuum Fringe
Fringe will suck up into your vacuum cleaner possibly ripping from your rug altogether. It looses its appearance and begins too look stringy and unattractive. Threads can get caught-up in the beater bar, which might end up damaging your vacuum and rug.

#4 Turn Rugs Yearly
Rugs placed in high traffic areas or in sunspots can wear and tear faster. Turn your rugs once or twice yearly to balance out the wear.

Hint: Special rugs need special cleaning. Maintaining care-tags on your rug or some other place will save you from expensive cleaning mistakes. Labels will also inform you if your rugs should be laundered, spot cleaned, or dry cleaned.


Even though soiled carpets can be embarrassing, cleaning only for the sake of appearance is not the only reason to keep your carpet clean. Here are three reasons why you should care for your area carpet.

#1 Health
Health is the number one reason that people should keep their carpets cleaned frequently. Carpet works like an indoor filter by trapping gasses, soils, and human or animal dander. Surplus build-up of dirt in carpet can have an adverse effect on the interior environment as well.

#2 Odors
Anyone with carpet in their home has experienced various odors due to food spills, pets, or other outlets. If a quick scrub and dry with a brush or towel won’t do, shampooing is the best alternative. In addition, an odor eliminator will help in instances where you do not have the essential tools for shampooing your carpet. This will dampen the smell until a professional can do the job properly.

#3 Staining
Stains in carpets, when left too long, are difficult to eliminate by hand. Even though you might need vigorous scrubbing to get your carpet clean again, it is worth it to take the necessary precautions to prevent tough stains by utilizing a fabric sealant.

Hint: Keep your carpet looking clean and environmentally friendly for your home by vacuuming regularly from a few different directions passing over each section several times.


If you want to maintain your carpet, one of the most important points to concentrate on is the high traffic area. If dirt is not eliminated on a frequent basis, high traffic areas will make your carpet look worn. Soil is exceptionally coarse against the fibers in carpets due to the friction of walking back and forth.

Spot removal is another important area when it comes to maintaining your carpet. Menacing spots must be dealt with immediately. Stains like red wine and beverages, urine, and others can result in permanent stains if not taken care of quickly.

Other steps to assist you with maintaining your carpet are:

Vacuum your carpet frequently, at least two times per week. Vacuuming eradicates the tough soil that can slash the fibers causing untimely wear. It’s best to vacuum before your carpet begins to look soiled. Loose particles like leaves, dried food, crayons, bugs, and so forth should be removed to prevent stains.

-Professional Cleaning
On the whole, carpet cleaning by a certified professional company should occur at least once yearly. For high traffic areas, cleaning may be required more frequently. The right professional cleaning will not leave you with a sticky-residue on your carpet, and can be done frequently throughout the year.

Hint: Stain-resistant warranties can differ from five to twenty years. Any stain resistant warranty will need standard cleaning and instant spot removal.

Widmer’s Area Rug Cleaning Process

Our modern area rug cleaning facility is the largest in Cincinnati. If your rug needs repair in addition to cleaning, our rug experts can do binding, fringing, and serging to restore your rug to original condition. During our painstaking eight-step process, we inspect, vacuum, and inspect again. Then, we put your rug through our Mor Cleaning machine (the only one of its kind in Cincinnati) inspect once more, and then place the rug in our large drying room. To ensure the rugs dry completely, the temperature is maintained between 115-122 degrees F. Thorough drying blocks mold and mildew growth, and keeps colors true. We do a final inspection of your rug and wrap it for convenient delivery back to your home.

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