BrightNest's mission is to make homeowners happy.

FREE, START NOW

BrightNest's mission is to make homeowners happy.

Our tips and tools will shape up your home & simplify your life.

Clean Your Rugs

Large_cleanrugs

WHY DO THIS?


There are as many as 100,000 dust mites on 1 square yard of rug. Learn how to keep your rugs clean so they last longer and don’t become a dust mite metropolis! Not only do these little critters cause allergies and throat irritation, they survive by eating flakes of dead skin, which is a pretty gross thought.

15 MINUTES
EASY

How To:

  1. 1

    Did you spill milk? Rinse the area thoroughly with mild detergent and water. If you don’t, the milk will sour and ruin the rug.

  2. 2

    If your rug has fringe, do not use your vacuum to clean it! The fringe will be pulled into the bar and damage your rug. Fluff your fringe by hand to get rid of excess dust.

  3. 3

    Did you spill red wine? Use equal parts hydrogen peroxide and Dawn liquid dish soap. Don’t apply the concoction straight on the rug. Apply it to a cotton towel and blot the spot until the color fades. Do not rub. Rinse the soap with cold water and let the rug air dry.

  4. 4

    Vacuum your rugs regularly. Rooms with high traffic areas need to be vacuumed more often (we recommend once a week). On the front of the rug (the decorative part), only use the vacuum’s suction feature. Don’t use the beater bar/rotating brush because it sucks up the small fine wool fibers and will wear away your wool rug.

  5. 5

    Once a month, flip your rug upside down and thoroughly vacuum the back of the rug. It’s okay to use a beater bar/rotating brush vacuum on the back because it won’t harm the fibers.

  6. 6

    Before you use a carpet shampoo or spray, check the label to be sure it’s right for your rug type. Never use a carpet shampoo on wool rugs, because the shampoo will ruin the fiber of the rug. Only use a carpet shampoo if you have a synthetic rug and be sure to thoroughly rinse the shampoo out. If there is soap residue left, it will attract dirt.

  7. 7

    If you spill on your rug, blot the spill immediately using a clean white 100% cotton towel. Press down very hard from the outside of the spill to the middle. Blot (do not rub) repeatedly until you have absorbed as much moisture as possible. Rubbing will push the stain into the rug and cause permanent damage.

comments powered by Disqus
Already a member? Sign In

WELCOME TO

BRIGHTNEST

Take our 60 second Home Quiz to

unlock custom tips and local offers!

Which of these do you have in your house?

(Please select all that apply)

KIDS
PETS
NEITHER

What else do you take care of?

(Please select all that apply)

EXTERIOR
POOL
BASEMENT
LAWN/GARDEN
GARAGE
ATTIC

Does your home have a...?

A/C
BOILER
FURNACE
WATER HEATER

What kind of tips do you want for your home?

SAVVY
CLEAN
GREEN
HEALTHY
HANDY
CREATIVE

You're almost done!

Sign up below to see your custom tips.

Next