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Rug Cleaning Made Easy


Stains happen quickly - all the more important that you know how to clean your rug. In addition to the basics of rug cleaning, it is important to pay attention to the material: If you want to clean a wool rug, you have to proceed differently than with synthetic fibre designs. We show you how to clean and care for your rug and how to remove stains.


» How to Care for Your Rug: the Basics

» How to Remove Stains: Rug Cleaners & Home Remedies

» Rug Materials: How to Clean Your Rug

How to Care for Your Rug: the Basics

Let's start with basic rug care, which can be divided into two categories: the basic and deep cleaning of your rug.

1) Basic Cleaning

  • Vacuum regularly

    How often you vacuum your rug depends on its condition and use. If it is in a heavily used room, such as the hallway, dining or living area, we recommend daily vacuuming. In the bedroom, once a week is sufficient. Remember to clean the back of the rug as well. In case of acute dirt, you can of course vacuum more often. If you suffer from allergies, there are a few special things you should consider when vacuuming. You can read more about this in our blog article on rugs for allergy sufferers. Also you can find more information about the different rug materials below.

  • Knocking, dusting & airing out

    Ideally, you should beat out your rugs once a year. This will remove deeper dirt. It is best to use a rug beater. Then let your rug air out in the fresh air to remove unpleasant odours. Please note: rugs made of viscose are excluded from this procedure, as these designs are particularly sensitive. Beating them out can damage the structure of the fibres.

2) Deep Cleaning

We recommend to get your rug cleaned by a professional every three to five years. If your rug is washable according to the manufacturer, you can also clean it yourself. Whether you wash it in the washing machine or by hand, we have summarised the best way to do it in our rug washing blog article. Tip: If you can't wash your rug, you can get it clean again with a cleaner.

Cleaning High Pile Rugs

Because of their long fibres and airy structure, dirt and dust settle more quickly in high-pile rugs than in flat-woven designs. Regular cleaning and care is therefore particularly important here. How to do it:

  • Better safe than sorry: do not place your shaggy rug in heavily frequented rooms such as the dining room or kitchen.

  • Vacuum your shaggy rug thoroughly at least once a week to keep it nice and fluffy. Be gentle and do not use a rotating brush vacuum.

  • If heavy furniture is placed on your rug, its pile may become flattened after a while. To prevent this, we recommend that you rotate your rug regularly. If the pile of your shaggy is no longer fluffy, you can straighten it up again with a natural brush. Brush against the grain. A steam cleaner can also help. However, to avoid damaging your rug, we recommend having it cleaned by a professional.

How to Remove Stains: Rug Cleaner & Home Remedies

To remove stains from your rugs, we recommend that you always have a rug cleaner at home. The cleaners are specially formulated for use on rugs with their powerful formula and are therefore particularly gentle on colours and fabrics. The special applicators and brushes also make the stain solution effective and gentle on your rug. Whether you want to remove coffee stains, grease has landed on your rug or you need to remove red wine stains - a rug cleaner is your saviour in need.

Tip: Always make sure the rug cleaner is suitable for your rug before using it. Designs made of viscose, silk, velvet or corduroy are particularly sensitive. It is better to take these rugs to a textile rug cleaner.

Cleaning Rugs with Home Remedies

You don't have a rug cleaner at your house? Home remedies are often used for stains. However, their effectiveness depends on the material of your rug and the type of stain, so they don't always help. We therefore recommend that you treat the stain with a rug cleaner or have it cleaned by a professional.

Tip: Many stains can be pretreated with a little mineral water. Simply pour a little water on the stain. Then dab it away carefully with a cloth. Use a rug cleaner if the stain is still visible. Do not use mineral water on water-sensitive designs made of viscose or lyocell.

Cleaning Rugs with Home Remedies: 3 Tips

  • Handle quickly: Removing old stains from a rug is much more difficult than fresh stains.

  • Dab instead of rubbing: To avoid working the stain deeper into the fabric, we recommend that you dab - not rub - when removing stains. Also, always work from the outside in.

  • Use a colourfast cloth: This will prevent discolouration on your rug. Be sure to test the cloth and home remedy on an inconspicuous area first.

Rug Materials: How to Clean Your Rug

Every rug needs different care. It is therefore important that you know your rug well and know what material it is made of. You can easily find this out by looking at the label on the back of the rug.

Click here for the materials:

» Cleaning Wool Rugs

» Cleaning Jute and Sisal Rugs

» Cleaning Cotton Rugs

» Cleaning a Rug made of Viscose & Lyocell

» Cleaning Rugs made of Synthetic Fibres

» Cleaning Mixed Fabrics

  • Wool Rug Bent in Cream
  • Jute Rug Jork

Cleaning Cotton Rugs

Many of our cotton designs can be machine washed. Washable rugs are especially practical for children's rooms. To find out if your cotton rug is hand or machine washable, check the cleaning instructions on the rug label. If you're unsure, we recommend professional rug cleaning.

  • Cotton Rug Isla in Beige
  • Washable Cotton Rug Naomi and Oslo
  • Viscose Rug Pearl Light Grey
  • Rug Mara Multicolour

Cleaning Mixed Fabrics

If you have a rug made of mixed fibres (e.g. wool and polyester), we always recommend that you follow the cleaning instructions. Take your rug to a professional rug cleaner if you are unsure.

Conclusion: These Tips will Keep Your Rug Fresh

If you want to clean your rug yourself, it is important that you study its material carefully. Also, stick to the basics of rug cleaning and maintenance such as vacuuming, beating and washing your rug. Always use a professional rug cleaner to remove stains and have your rug cleaned regularly by a professional. That way, nothing stands in the way of a radiant rug! You can find even more tips, ideas and inspiration in our benuta blog.

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