A rug can be the perfect accessory for adding that extra touch of character to any room of the home.
However, a rug can also attract a lot of dust and dirt. Before long, it can become a breeding ground for millions of microorganisms such as pollen, dust mites, and mold. Therefore, it is important to regularly clean the carpets and rugs in your La Grange home, and that you include them as part of your annual spring cleaning.
If you notice that stains are adding up, or the texture of the rug is getting rough, it likely needs more than just a vacuuming. In some cases, you can clean a rug yourself. All you need are the right tools, cleaners, and techniques.
In this post, we’ll discuss how you can keep your rug clean:
1. Vacuum Regularly
Although this might sound like an obvious step, the rug should be vacuumed at least once a week. This will prevent dirt and dust particles from being pushed deeper into the fabric. You can use the suction-only function on your vacuum cleaner so that there is no fiber shedding or damage to the rug. After vacuuming, you can sprinkle an anti-bacterial powder. This will help to prevent the growth of bacteria and other germs in the rug.
2. Attend to Spills Immediately
Spills of any kind need to be soaked up immediately to ensure that they do not penetrate deep into the fibers of the rug. The best way to clean up a spill is to dampen a cotton cloth (preferably white) and blot the surface. Repeat the blotting until the entire spill has been absorbed. If you have tough coffee stains, red wine stains, or mud stains, try using a mixture of white wine vinegar, liquid detergent, and warm water in equal parts to soak up the stain.
3. Set Up a Cleaning Station
On a clear, sunny day, you can set up a table outside in the sun. Avoid setting up the table on your lawn, as the cleaners could get soaked into the soil and affect the grass. Since rugs are generally heavy, you will need a strong table to lay them out to dry on for about a day.
Gather Cleaning Supplies
Some essential supplies that you’ll need are:
- Cleaning solution
- Brush or sponge
You may also want to keep the following items nearby:
- Rubber gloves and a face mask
- Garden hose
- Wet-dry vacuum
4. Remove Dirt and Debris
Begin the cleaning by vacuuming the rug thoroughly. Vacuum both sides to remove any dust, then roll it up and take it to the cleaning station outside. If you notice that the rug is still dusty, you can beat it with a broom until the clouds of dust stop coming out of the rug (a face mask can come in handy here).
5. Wash, Rinse, and Dry
Make a lather with the cleaning solution and water. Next, soak or spray the rug with the cleaning solution and let it sit for 5 minutes. This is the minimum time required for the cleaner to set in and lift dirt particles from the rug. Next, rinse the soap out of the rug using buckets of water or a garden hose. Keep rinsing until the water running from the rug is crystal clear. Lastly, remove any excess water using a wet-dry vacuum, or gently squeeze the rug before leaving it out to dry. You’ll want to ensure that the rug is completely dry before you return it to your home.
If all these steps sound like a lot of work, you can always hire a professional La Grange carpet and rug cleaning service to get the job done for you.
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