General Guide for Rug Cleaning


To remove dirt from large area  rugs , vacuum them regularly, in the same way you’d vacuum carpets. Vacuum both sides of the  rug , if it’s reversible, to ensure the complete removal of grit or dirt which could wear out the  rug  prematurely. But you should avoid vacuuming the fringe of your  rug .

Shake small  rugs 

For small area  rugs , vacuuming may not be very necessary. Just take them outside and shake them vigorously so as to remove dirt as well as grit. There are regulations in some areas about shaking of  rugs  outdoors, so be sure to check the local codes first.

Remove pet hair with a brush

Sometimes vacuuming alone may not remove some dirt such as pet hair. To remove this hair, brush the  rug  repeatedly toward the nap of the  rug .

Turn  rugs  periodically

Generally, heavy traffic and sun may put extra stress on  rugs , causing them to wear out fast. Turn them at least once or twice in a year for even wear.

Use detergent to remove stains

If your  rug  becomes stained, you should move fast to remove moisture from the spills as fast as possible. Most stains such as alcohol, soft drinks, coffee, tomato sauces and fat-based stains can be removed using a detergent mix. First mix some detergent with water, apply to the stain and then rinse. Do not rub the stain. Instead, blot till it completely comes out.

How to  clean  special types of  Rugs 

Some types of  rugs  require special  cleaning  and care. Here are several tips on how to  clean  some specialty  rugs .  Rug   cleaning  is easy if you know what you are doing.

 Cleaning  braided/woven  rugs 

Before starting to  clean  braided  rugs , check whether there are any stitching breaks. Note that some small braided  rugs  aren’t washable so you need to check the labels first before attempting to wash them. If they are, place them properly in zippered pillowcases and wash them in cool water in a gentle cycle. Rinse thoroughly and tumble dry on a low setting.

For larger braided  rugs , place a blanket (or any other material that is large enough) beneath them, or just place them on a vinyl floor. Apply commercial carpet-cleaning foam on the surface according to directions and rub it thoroughly. Rinse or vacuum. Be sure to dry the  rugs  before replacing them on the floor.

 Cleaning  natural fiber  rugs 

 Rugs  made from sisal, coir and grass come with an open weave which may allow dirt to sift down to the floor underneath. They need to be vacuumed frequently, and flipped (most natural fiber  rugs  are reversible) to ensure there’s even wear. Also remove the  rug  occasionally and vacuum the floor.

When  cleaning  stains on a regular natural-fiber  rug , you don’t have to remove it. Place a towel and plastic drop cloth to protect the floor beneath. Dip a soft brush in soapy water and then gently scrub the spill. Rinse thoroughly with clear water and place a towel on the wet area. Be sure to blot the cleaned spot thoroughly. When drying, consider using a hair dryer or a portable fan to speed up the process. Water usually weakens fibers so try working quickly and ensure the  rugs  are completely dry to extend their life.

Some natural-fiber  rugs  may come constructed in many squares which are sewn together. Consider buying some extra squares which you’ll use to replace a square that becomes irrevocably stained. When replacing, hand-stitch the  rug  square into place with carpet thread.

 Cleaning  oriental  rugs 

New oriental  rug  should be vacuumed in the same way you vacuum carpet or wool area  rugs . Be extra careful when dealing with delicate vintage and antique  rugs . Place a nylon screen over the  rugs  to protect them and only vacuum over the screen. Alternatively, you can cut a piece of nylon mesh and tie it over the attachment of the vacuum. Change the mesh as soon as dirt accumulates.

Oriental  rugs  should be professionally  cleaned  at least once a year and  rugs  rotated regularly to ensure they wear evenly (they will fade if exposed direct to the sun). When buying the antique  rugs , you may want to ask the seller for tips on how to care for them.

Source by Walter Ibarra

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