Small area rugs can be cleaned by shaking them out, and larger rugs can either be vacuumed or swept. All rugs should be turned at least once a year to even out foot traffic.
Keep all care tags that accompany rugs in a file or on the rug itself. This ensures users can care for their rugs and prevents users from having to replace them more quickly than necessary. Care tags list the proper way to maintain rugs.
Smaller woven or braided rugs may be machine washable. If so, they can be placed in a zippered pillow case or mesh laundry bag when cleaned. These rugs should be washed in cool water on a gentle cycle with a thorough rinse and then tumble dried on a low setting. Larger braided rugs may be sponge-cleaned with commercial carpet-cleaner foam, either by hand or using a machine.
Vintage and antique rugs may be vacuumed, but to protect the rug, it is useful to place a nylon screen over the rug, holding it down with books, before vacuuming. Clean these special rugs professionally once a year.
Before placing any cleaner on a rug, spot test it first to ensure it's safe to use.