The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is an organization that aims to educate people who are involved in the manufacture, sale, use, and maintenance of rugs and carpets. The core competencies of the institute include rug life improvement, air quality, and rug maintenance.

The institute’s official website contains a comprehensive section on cleaning and maintenance of rugs and carpets. In terms of rug care and cleaning, CRI advocates four essential steps to ensure cleanliness of the rug: vacuuming, cleaning spills and spots immediately, preventing dirt on the fabric, and sending the rug to periodic professional deep cleaning.

In case you want to clean your rugs yourself, CRI offers the following tips to keep the integrity and quality of the rug:

Small Rugs

For small and machine-washable rugs, shake off any loose dirt from the rug before popping it into the washing machine. Set the washer at the water temperature recommended by the rug manufacturer, and use a mild detergent.

Large Rugs

If the rug is large, remove stubborn dirt by hanging it over a clothesline and beating it.


Vacuuming the rug is a good idea, but make sure to read up on special instructions for rugs with fringes.

When to go to a Pro

If you are unsure on how to clean your rug, better send it to professional rug cleaning specialists because they will know how to treat the rug.

For more tips on cleaning your rugs and still keep their integrity, read more tips from the CRI website.

[ Image source ]

One Response to “Proper Rug Maintenance Tips From The Carpet and Rug Institute”

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.