4. Cleaning And Caring For Synthetic Rugs
It is unfortunately impossible to keep your rug clean at all times. You can spot-clean, steam-clean, or vacuum synthetics. Although most such as acrylics are stain-resistant, they may appear dirtier. Why? Because synthetics collect dirt and oil. You can wash synthetics using a rug cleaning machine or shampoo with mild detergent to avoid making the colors fade and air-dried. You can always shake out crumbs and dirt from the rug. Remember always to blot and never run stains on synthetic rugs, vacuum weekly or even more if necessary, and treat spills with stain remover.
According to Revival Rugs’ Hyman, natural oils (lanolin) keep spills from permeating the wool fibers. “For hand-knotted rugs, blot the stain to soak up any excess, then tease it out with a toothbrush and dish soap and water. Avoid scrubbing, as this can damage the fibers.” Wool rugs are usually stain-resistant, so they can be easily cleaned using a spot cleaning spray. They can also be vacuumed, shaken out, gently, and lightly scrubbed. You can always cushion your rug with a rug pad. Rotate it often to even out wear patterns in cases of high traffic. Also, make sure to use a low impact vacuum instead of a high power vacuum.