Caring for area rugs

Keep your rugs lasting a lifetime


How to clean hardwood floors

With today’s advances in factory-sealed finishes, cleaning your hardwood floors has never been easier. Everyday, light cleaning requires little more than sweeping with a nylon bristle broom or microfiber mop, or vacuuming with a soft bristle or a felt head attachment. Vacuum in the direction that boards run to loosen dirt trapped in grooves. For occasional spot cleaning or all over floor cleaning, use the manufacturer’s recommend cleaner and a slightly damp mop. No need to rinse. When a liquid spill occurs, make sure to wipe it up immediately.

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How to maintain area rugs


Vacuum regularly to remove dust and dirt particles before they get below the surface of the pile. Vacuum at least once a week in light traffic areas, more often in active areas.

Spot clean

Clean spots and spills quickly with products specifically formulated for your carpet type. Your manufacturer’s warranty will recommend product and provide specific instructions for additional care.

Deep clean

Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months. The carpet cleaning equipment professionals use extracts dirt and soil more effectively than DIY rental units.

Use quality carpet padding

Carpet padding not only gives better resilience and comfort underfoot, it can extend the life of your carpet. Your carpeting retailer can advise on the right carpet pad.


Use mats or area rugs – Place doormats both outside and inside entryways to trap dirt and moisture before it’s tracked into the home. Remember to clean mats regularly too.

Rotate furniture – Occasionally move your furniture to change foot traffic patterns and indentations. In additional, use carpet protectors under the legs of tables, chairs and couches to lessen the weight distribution.

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Here's a word from our founder

Dimitrios “Jimmy” Poulos, the founder of Flooring 101, reflects on a lifetime of excellence in the flooring business.