Carpet Cleaning and Floor Maintenance Tips

AREA RUG CLEANING TIPS => Tips on How to Clean an Area Rug => Topic started by: 3imosp on December 05, 2015, 09:08:48 PM

Title: How to Clean a Rug
Post by: 3imosp on December 05, 2015, 09:08:48 PM
How to Clean a Rug

Rugs can really tie a room together, but they can be expensive and at times delicate. By understanding how to clean rugs, you will also be able to preserve your investment. Maintenance and regular vacuuming, removal of dust, insects, and prompt treatment of stains and spills are all essential parts of rug care. For extensive damage or treatment of more valuable and delicate rugs made of wool or that are hand-knotted, a rug and carpet care professional will likely be necessary. Most maintenance can be handled at home though, done as apparently necessary.

Maintaining a Clean Rug

Vacuum your rug regularly. To maintain an area rug, at least once a month flip it upside down and vacuum the back of the rug. Vacuuming the back with the beater bar/rotating brush helps push dirt trapped deep down toward the top of the rug. Flip it right side up and vacuum the dirt. Use only suction on the front of wool rugs, for synthetic rugs you can use the beater bar/rotating brush on the front and back.

Rotate the rug to even out wear and tear. Foot traffic patterns can beat tracks into the pattern and fibers of a rug. This can be prevented by rotating your area rug regularly so as to avoid the formation of this unsightly wear. If your furniture is resting on a rug, consider moving your furniture regularly to avoid impressions or uneven fading on the rug.

Roll rugs for moving and storage. This prevents creases and folds from forming in the rug. It is also significantly easier to break down, move, and store the rug when it is rolled. If you are transporting the rug for steam cleaning or dry cleaning you will need to roll the rug beforehand.

Use dilute white vinegar to restore carpet color and shine. Dilute the vinegar, 1 part to 3 parts water, and blot slowly and in the direction of the carpet pile with a sponge. Do not soak the carpet, merely damp it. Allow it to air dry, avoiding exposure to the sun, which can bleach colors.

Sprinkle borax on the rug to remove any insect infestation. Steam cleaning and shampooing are ineffective at controlling insect colonies. Borax naturally coats and degrades the exoskeletons of insects and destroys larvae and eggs. Sprinkle on the rug, wait approximately 20 minutes, and vacuum. Make sure there are no pets near the rug that could potentially inhale the borax, which is a mildly toxic irritant

Treating Spots and Stains

Clean spots or stains as soon as they appear. Always test your rug with a damp white cotton towel to make sure the colors will not run or bleed. Never allow your rug to dry on the floor, as this can cause damage to the floor and lead to permanent water damage.

Blot the spillage and remove any solid debris by scraping. Blot using a clean white 100% cotton dry towel. Press down very hard from the outside towards the middle. Do this repeatedly, turning the folded towel over and over until you have absorbed as much moisture as possible. When you blot the spot move the towel in straight lines. Do not rub in a circle, as this can damage the fibers and construction of the rug.

Treat the rug according to the spill. Mud and mild stains can be treated simply by blotting dry and vacuuming. More complicated or serious stains require some chemical intervention, normally in the form of a mild acid to remove the dyes staining the carpet, a light detergent to remove any debris and disinfect, and ammonia in non-wool rugs to the same effect.

Use a fan to dry the rug. Expose as much of the affected area as possible to the air stream to aid in evaporating moisture. Do not allow the rug to dry in the open sun, as photobleaching can ruin the colors in the rug and cause degradation of fibers. Do not allow the rug to dry on the floor, and major water damage, again, is cause for seeking professional help







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