We love our rugs. Rugs look fantastic and are great at absorbing wear and tear but keeping your carpet or rug clean is no easy task. In this blog post we will discuss some tips that you can use to clean your rugs.
Here are a few tips needed for basic rug care:
- Vacuum to clean your rugs to remove dirt, as you would have vacuumed your carpets. For a large piece of rug, one of the best things you could ever do for it is to vacuum it regularly. In vacuuming your rug, make sure you do not vacuum the fringes of your rug. If you have a reversible rug, it will be advisable to vacuum both sides. This will remove grit and grime that can wear out your rugs prematurely.
- You should brush out the rugs often too. Items like pet hair cannot be removed by a vacuum cleaner. Use a stiff brush to remove the hair. Make sure you brush in the direction of the nap of the rug.
- If you have a small rug, you can clean it, simply by taking it out and shaking it thoroughly. Beat it vigorously to remover dirt and grit from it.
If you do these things you can maintain the beauty and integrity of your rugs for a long time. Moreover, you will not have to spend money changing your rugs often.
Now we will discuss, how to clean special types of rugs. Special types of rugs require special cleaning processes. These tips will help you take good care of your special rugs.
How To Take Care of Woven Or Braided Rugs
Before you begin to start to take care of woven or braided rugs, make sure you check the rugs to ensure the stitches are not broken before and after cleaning the rug. It is also important that you check the labels to know for a certainty that, the rugs are washable. If they are washable, place them in a zipped pillowcase or mesh laundry bag and wash in a cool water on a gentle cycle, rinsing thoroughly. Tumble dry on a low setting.
For large braided carpet, place it on a vinyl or concrete floor or place it under an old blanket. Put commercial cleaning soap over the surface and rub it in according to the product directions. Finish by vacuuming or rinsing it. Make sure you dry thoroughly before replacing the rug on the floor.
How To Clean Hand-Knotted, Antique, Handmade and Oriental Rugs
For oriental rugs you can simply vacuum them as you would vacuum you everyday carpet. Vintage or antique rugs should be treated with special care. Before you vacuum a vintage or an antique rug, make sure you place a piece of nylon screen over the rug and weighing it with bricks and books. Now you can vacuum over the screen. You can also have these special rugs cleaned professionally once a year. Moreover, rotate these rugs often to ensure even wear and to prevent fading caused by direct exposure to sunlight.
How To Clean Fur, Sheepskin and Hair-on hides rugs
To clean these kinds of rugs, start by shaking unscented talcum powder on the fur, sheepskin or hair-on hide rugs and leave for several hours. Brush the unscented talcum powder through the hair and then shake it out. Repeat this process several times depending on the length of the rug.
Use cotton cloth dipped in lukewarm soapy water to clean the back of these kinds of rugs. Wipe off any dirt or spills. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clean water and allow it to dry completely before putting it back in place.
Stain Removal Guide For Your Rug
Fat based stains: For food substances such as butter, margarine, or even gravy use a dry solvent spot cleaner.
Alcohol and Soft Drink: Use a solution of 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar. Apply to the stain, rinse and then blot dry.
Tomato Sauce: Use a sponge with cool water, dab with detergent solution or a citrus-oxygen cleaner. Rinse with a solution of 1 cup white vinegar and 2 cups of water and blot until dry.
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