Rugs also need some good ol’ bath. Living room, kitchen, bathroom, porch and entrance’s rugs suffer from everyday dirt and dust that can dearly affect their looks. From glowing pieces to fading beauties, therefore regular cleaning will make the difference.
Cleaning your rug takes more than just showering them with water and soap. You also need to protect their materials to ensure top-notch look no matter how often you clean them. The following are several ways to clean your rugs:
The most basic way of cleaning a rug is vacuum cleaning. This should be done fairly regularly except for certain rugs that are too delicate for vacuuming and should be shaken out rather than subjected to a machine. These include Flokati rugs and leather shag rugs. Rugs made from natural fibers such as bamboo or sisal can be shaken out or vacuumed, whichever is more convenient. If a rug is too large to shake by hand, place it on a fence or drape it over a railing, and beat it with a stick to get rid of dust. The more movement of people that occurs on or around a rug, the more often you will have to clean it in one of the above ways. Remember that a rug is usually vacuumed in the same direction as the pile.
Spilling is one accident that seems inevitable no matter how graceful and poised people tend to act with a pretty-looking rug around. A misstep is bound to happen somehow. What do you do when it does? Do something immediately. Don’t let the stain dry or else, a simple DIY cleaning might not be enough. Instead of rubbing the stain, use a paper towel or a wet cloth and just blot. Scrubbing the brand new stain will cause it to spread. If something semi-solid is on the rug, scoop it up with a napkin or scrape it off with a spoon, and then blot the stain.
If the stain leaves a mark on the area rug, you can use cleaning products such as a dishwashing detergent and the natural way, vinegar or baking soda mixed with water. They are effective stain removals.
You can also use oxygen cleaners for dirt removal on synthetic rugs. Do not use this kind on wool and satin, as it will damage the rugs’ fabric. Even with a synthetic one, make sure to test on a hidden spot before doing the cleaning to make sure that the color will not be affected. Rinse the spot after and let it dry.
Finally, you can use dry powder cleaners. Vacuum the rug after to clean it off with the powder residue. You don’t want your rug to have some white stuff on it. Dry foam cleaners and steam cleaning are other two methods you can utilize.