Dust, dirt, pollen and all kinds of allergens collect on items around the house, and most of the time you get get by with dusting and vacuuming.

But you can easily destroy expensive décor if you’re not careful.

Here’s a helpful guide so you know the best way keep your house clean and still protect your investment in these valuable items.

Drapes and Curtains

You might only buy drapes once every 10 years or so, but they’re often an expensive purchase and worth protecting.

Drapes collect a lot of dust and pollutants because they’re located near open windows and don’t move around much.

A quick shake might knock off a little dust, but drapes are usually made out of delicate fabrics that can fray when rough vacuum bristles are used on them.

The safest way to clean them is to simply take them down and drop them off at the cleaners once every six months.

Rugs

Rugs are lot more durable and many of them can withstand vacuuming and machine washing at home. However, always check the labels if they’re still attached and be careful when using heavy cleaners or other spot removers.

When trying to remove a spot, make sure you don’t rub so hard that the fibers don’t become loose or separate. And if you use half the bottle and still can’t get it out, just drop it off and let us take care of the rest.

How often you should bring them in depends on the amount of traffic they get. Twice a year is a good rule of thumb for rugs that get minimal traffic. Other pieces will require more frequent cleaning.

Other Household Items

We’ve already mentioned it a couple times, but when in doubt, check the tag.

If you ‘re worried about about accidentally ruining something in the washing machine or unsure how to get out a nasty stain, just give us a call and we’ll help you figure out the best way to clean it.