How to Clean Your Rug and Keep it Looking Fresh

Cleaning your rug is an important part of keeping it looking fresh and new. But with so many different types of rugs, it can be difficult to know the best way to clean them. Fortunately, there are some general tips that can help you keep your rug looking its best. When cleaning your rug, it's important to avoid using too much soap, especially on wool rugs.

Vacuuming the carpet thoroughly on both sides is a great way to make sure all dirt and debris is removed. If you have pets, use a brush to remove any loose hair that remains. Carpets should be deep cleaned every 12 to 18 months. When using commercial cleaning products for the first time, always test a small area of the carpet to make sure it doesn't fade or damage the material in any way.

To thoroughly clean a large carpet, place it on a vinyl or concrete surface and apply carpet cleaning foam according to the instructions. Make sure the carpet is dry before changing it. When it comes to specific types of rugs, there are different cleaning methods for each one. Cotton and synthetic fiber rugs can be put in the washing machine on a cold setting and delicate cycle.

Wool rugs should be cleaned with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm (not hot) water. White carpets should be cleaned with a soft brush, but you're more likely to ruin the pile by rubbing it than with a sponge. Jute, sisal and bamboo rugs should be cleaned with a shampoo designed specifically for carpets or the material from which the rug is made. Delicate or antique rugs should be taken to specialized cleaning companies who have the experience and knowledge necessary to solve any persistent stains. For any liquid cleaning, always perform a spot test first.

If your rug is small enough, you can put it in the washing machine. Use a cold setting on a delicate cycle and allow it to air dry. You can also use a squeegee tool, which is often used to clean windows, to remove excess water from the carpet. Let it dry (this may take about a day) and then vacuum the carpet thoroughly. If you've run out of professional products to try, it might be time to try some natural cleaning methods.

For outdoor rugs, you can use a broom or hose to clean them as they are usually made with tough materials that are designed to be weather resistant. Floor coverings exposed to outdoor shoes, spills and pets on a daily basis should be cleaned at least every two months, ideally; for carpets in other areas, deep cleaning is recommended at least twice a year.

Jared Vacante
Jared Vacante

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