Your rug probably goes through more abuse than any other item in your house. In some ways, they are built for the express purpose of taking these hits. When you come home, it’s your rug that absorbs most of the dirt and not your carpet. But rugs can be quite expensive and delicate in nature. They certainly make a home look neater, so the least we can do is provide the regular care it deserves.
1. Regular Care!
If you take care of your rug daily, you won’t have to spend time deep cleaning it later. This certainly reduces the effort you have to put in and also saves on costs. You need to vacuum your rug at least once in a month. Flip the rug over and vacuum the back of it with a beater bar. This way, the dirt trapped inside gets pushed towards the front. Flip the rug over again and now vacuum the front. If it’s a wool rug, you may suction only the front. For synthetic rugs, it is acceptable to just use a beater brush on the front and back.
As your rug suffers mistreatment from your foot and those of people who come into your home, this continuous stampeding can form tracks from shoe patterns. By rotating your rug often, you can avoid this from happening. If there happens to be a rug under your furniture, move the furniture from time to time to prevent impressions from the objects. You can also flip the rug over so that the abuse isn’t limited to one side.
When you have to move the rug, roll it up as tightly as possible. This way, creases and folds will not form. Especially when you’re taking it for a deep cleanse, keep the rug rolled up well in advance.
Now let’s get to cleaning. Add 1 part diluted white vinegar to 3 parts warm water and apply the mixture gently over the rug with a sponge. Don’t use a soaked sponge. A slightly damp sponge is needed so that water doesn’t seep inside the rug. After that, leave it to dry through exposure to the wind and don’t let the rug face the sun’s rays. This method helps in retaining the color of the rug.
To keep the rug safe from invasion by an insect, sprinkle borax over it. Once done, let it sit for 20 minutes before moving on to vacuuming. If you have a pet, don’t let it come anywhere near the rug. Borax is toxic in nature and can be harmful to your furry friend.
2. Cleaning the Stains!
The first order of business is to make sure that stains do not get amplified and bleed into other parts of the rug. For this, use a damp white cotton cloth and dab over it. Don’t let your rug dry on the floor when wet. This can cause damage to your floor.
Blot the stain immediately with a white cotton towel. Start from the outside and work your way towards the inside while pressing hard. Repeat this motion until some moisture gets absorbed into the towel. Also, continue to flip the folded towel over and over again. Perform the blotting in a straight line. A circular motion could be dangerous for the fibers.
How deep you need to clean depends on the how bad the stains are. A stain from mud and some food here and there can be taken care of with dry blotting and vacuuming. For the more harsher stains, you will need to rely on chemicals. Usually, these would be mild acid for dyes, detergent for debris and dirt, and ammonia for non wool rugs.
If the rug is soaking wet, vacuum it first suck up the excess moisture. Wait for it to dry and take it to cleaners’. You can leave it in the hands of a professional cleaning service, which we will get to in a minute. The same applies for stains that have to deal with ammonia. Wool rugs can easily degrade from the harsh nature of ammonia, so it is better to leave it in the hands of a professional.
If it’s just some stains, mix water with liquid soap and rinse the rug with utmost care.
After the stain has been disinfected, blot with a white towel until a huge part of the spill has been absorbed.
After you are done blotting, expose the rug to cool air to further absorb the moisture. Again, make sure to keep it away from the sun as this would only cause more damage. Also, don’t let it dry on the floor. Instead, keep in in a drying rack.
Now, while you might be perfectly capable of monthly vacuuming and taking care of mild stains, harsher stains are something you should avoid trying your hands on. Treatments for rugs from inexperienced hands would only lead to further damage. This is where professional cleaning service like ours comes in.
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