How To Clean Rugs
How to clean rugs is important to the look of your home as well as the cleanliness that you desire in all areas of your house. Whether you have area rugs or carpets, many of the cleaning tips are the same.
- The first step in cleaning carpets or rugs is finding out what materials have been used. Silk, synthetics, plant fibers, and wool must each be cleaned differently with specific detergents. For instance, wool must never be cleaned with any heated machines, and bleach must never be used.
- You must choose the proper cleaning product and machine (steam cleaner? dry cleaner?) that will break down the dirt, draw out deep dust, kill bacteria, and protect your valuable rugs or carpet without doing any damage.
- If you just cannot do the necessary cleaning yourself, and you are not able to move the furniture, etc., it may well be worth your while to consider a reputable carpet cleaning service. Advise them what your carpet or rug materials are and ask a variety of questions to assure yourself that they have the knowledge and ability to do the required job.
- The Carpet and Rug Institute normally recommends hot water steam cleaning as the preferred method for most materials, but you saw above that it could not be used on wool.
- A particular value of a carpet cleaning service is that their truck-mounted extractor can maintain the temperature of 180 degrees that is needed to sanitize the carpet. It is difficult, if not impossible, to keep such a hot regular temperature if you are trying to do this yourself using a machine and a faucet.
- Handmade rugs are beautiful, and you might think that they shouldn't be walked on. However, such rugs can become even more valuable as the top layers "break", the light makes the colors more harmonious, and the rug becomes smoother and shinier. They are made to not be able to be damaged easily, so enjoy them.
- Rotate area rugs every few months or so to expose them evenly to the light so that some parts will not fade. Also, the amount of traffic can affect the evenness of the pile.
- Vacuum your rugs occasionally. However, be extra careful of any fringes or other loose edges that might get pulled into the vacuum cleaner and cause damage to the rugs.
- Dry a water spill immediately with a hair dryer set on only a warm temperature. If it is an alcohol or soft drink spill, you can apply baking soda or salt for just a few minutes and then vacuum to remove that. Use regular or carbonated water on a towel and wipe the stain gently (do not scrub) going in the direction of the nap.
- Do not try to wash your handmade rugs yourself. When a deep cleaning is needed every few years, take them to an appropriate cleaner who can be recommended by a retailer or rug dealer. These professionals have special equipment to beat out and remove dirt and broken fibers. Then they will wash the rugs by hand using a special natural soap. A regular company that cleans wall-to-wall carpets is not recommended because their chemicals and methods may not be the proper ones for handmade rugs.
Posted on: Oct. 13, 2010