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Getting Spic and Span: Ways to Clean your Rugs

May 26th, 2012 · No Comments

 Does the dirt on the rugs get on your nerves? Rugs are good way to creatively re-invent your home interiors. But cleaning these rugs more often than not isn’t an easy task. Because of the way it is made, debris, dander and other particles can easily imbed into the pile.  Rugs can mean a lot of work if you aren’t familiar of rug cleaning tips at home. There are several types of rug cleaners available in home depot stores these days but you will hardly need them when you regularly clean your rug with your own cleaning tools. Different types of rugs may need various types of cleaning equipment.

Owners who newly purchased rugs tend to clean it every other day. What they ought to know is that rugs do not necessarily need excessive cleaning. A nice way to know if your rug is already dirty is to lift it and kick its back part. If you can see a cloud of dust arising, then it definitely needs tidying up.

Here are simple steps involved in rug cleaning that you can use at home.

Vacuum cleaning

This is the best way of cleaning wool area cheap rugs on a regular basis. Vacuuming extracts the dust and dirt that settles on and inside the rugs which tears it down through abrasion. It is essential to use a beater bar in the vacuum cleaner while vacuuming the wool rug. A beater bar serves to pick the embedded soil in the rug and its absence may result in the removal of the surface dirt only. Also, the user should set the beater bar high enough so as not to slow the motor while the cleaner is in contact with the rug. Make sure you vacuum both sides of the rug in a traffic method. If your rug has this loop texture, make use of the suction option and not rotating bar. Never use the vacuum for taking care of fringes. If you are residing in a high traffic area, then you may have to vacuum your everyday.

Steam cleaning

Another way of carrying out rug cleaning is through steam cleaners. Hot water sprays are also viable options- this will of course, depend on the type of rug you have. When doing it for the first time, it is advisable to use steam cleaner or hot water spray on a small patch since there are rugs that change its color after getting in contact with water. You may also wash your Oriental rug with mild rug shampoo or even liquid soap.

Cleaning those rug spills

Sometimes, food spills could not be avoided.  In these instances, immediately blot the liquid using paper towel or white cloth. Never rub the liquid as this makes the stain quickly seep in. Mix 10% white vinegar in water solution and then apply to stain. You may leave this overnight. With a damp sponge, rub off the stain on the next day. Using oxy cleaners and dry powder are not recommended for cleaning wool area rugs. Oxy cleaners produce alkaline substances that are harmful for the color and composition of wool rugs and dry powders can cause ‘pilling’ of wool rugs, especially if the rugs carry heavy soil or dust. It is better to seek professional advice or hire a professional’s service for cleaning heavily soiled wool area rugs.

Other Rug and Carpet Cleaning Tips

Rotate your rug once a year to keep it clean and looking similar. Use rug pads to prevent stretching and shifting of your rugs. Clean your rugs on a regular basis to avoid it from getting stained and soiled.

Ultimately, the best step to safeguard the material is to leave it to a professional for the rug cleaning. The tools and techniques available to professionals help ensure that the carpeting gets the best possible treatment. You can reduce a great deal of discoloration; staining and dirtiness of these rugs by having a professional clean them.

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