Were your grandparent’s right when they took their rugs outside to beat them? Maybe so, rugs were much strong and simple back then, but does it make sense to beat rugs in today’s world. The answer may lay in your vacuum cleaner, especially with braided, tufted, woven, embroidered, or needle felt. Vacuuming these rugs help keep them clean, getting the grit out of the fibers is especially important. Why is removing grit important? Grit cuts away at the fibers of a rug, and can even work its way through the rug to the hardwood floor beneath to wear away the floor finish.
Prior to the vacuum cleaner, rug beating was the only way to remove the dirt and grit. Women mostly, would hang the rug outside on a close line and beat the rug. Beating the rug on a good windy day would allow the grit would fall to the ground while the dirt blew away. People even started inventing special devices to help them when beating the rug, which now hang on our walls as antiques.
No Need to Beat Rugs Anymore
With a good vacuum however, there should be no need to beat your rugs any more. On average you should vacuum your rugs 1-2 times a week, depending on how heavy the traffic is. Be sure you use a vacuum with a beater brush, these brushes will help loosen the dust and grit in the fibers. However, area rugs with fringe require special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar. Lift the carpet edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
Overall, how clean you rug is determines how long it will last, and proper care, vacuuming and professional cleaning will definitely help. If you are unsure about how to care for your rug call LaFrance Cleaning Service for professional advice, we would love to hear from you.
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Did you know: In the country of Russia, it was a custom to take your rug to the city park after a new snow? The residents would then lay the rug flat on the snow and beat the rug. The thought was that the snow is cold enough to catch the dust particles without getting the rug wet. The problem is that at the end of the day the park was cover with black spots in the snow. As fun as this sounds, LaFrance does NOT recommend beating your rugs in the snow. However building a good snowman with the kids is just fine 🙂