Fall is fast approaching, meaning it’s time to air out your cabin, beat your cabin rugs, and prepare them for the highest-trafficked season. If you’ve had a cabin for a while, you’re probably a pro at cleaning it. But cleaning cabin rugs can get tricky, especially if you’ve never been taught how to properly care for and maintain them.
First of all, it is important to make sure your cabin rugs are clean and dry when you put them into storage each year. This will save you some time cleaning cabin rugs in the fall when you just want to settle in and maybe decorate your cabin. However, if you are like most people, you probably didn’t take the time to do this last year, and now your cabin rugs need to be cleaned. Follow these tips for the best results.
- Vacuum the back of your cabin rugs as well as the tops to get out the most dirt. Beating also works, but creates a lot of dust. It is helpful to know what materials your rugs are made of, so that cleaning cabin rugs will not cause more wear and tear. Beware of sucking up fringe or tassles, causing them to fray.
- Follow the instructions for care on your rugs; the manufacturers know best. Do not assume that you can use carpet products on rugs. Carpet cleaners are meant for wall-to-wall carpet, made of different materials than most rugs. If your care instructions indicate it is okay to use a mild cleaner, make sure you remove all off the soap when you rinse. Otherwise, the soap will attract dirt. Check your rugs for colorfastness by blotting them with a damp white, cotton cloth.
- Extend the life of your cabin rugs by purchasing rug pads for them. These keep your beautiful rugs from slipping, scratching or transferring stains to the floor, and allow air to circulate to fend off mildew.
- If it is not recommended that you clean your rugs by hand, you may need to employ the services of a professional rug cleaner. These companies are experts at cleaning cabin rugs, and will ensure your rugs are not damaged in the cleaning process.
If you can’t find any care information for your rug on the tag, check with the manufacturer you bought it from. Some online rustic rug stores provide this information when you browse their sites.