Area rugs are a substantial aesthetic expenditure for many of us. They make our spaces cozier and more colorful. They offer comfortable spots for playing video games, watching movies, and having sleepovers. But rugs need to be maintained if they’re to last for many years. And routine cleaning is a significant component of that upkeep.
Fortunately, you only need to deep-clean an area rug when it is unclean, although you should vacuum carpet twice a week. Try this test if the carpeting doesn’t appear dirty or smell musty: Simply pick up a rug corner and let it fall to the ground. If a small dust cloud appears, a cleaning is required.
You can send a rug to be professionally cleaned off-site, but that won’t be inexpensive. However, it is eminently doable to perform a good job of cleaning a rug on your own at home if you are ready to put in a weekend of work.
Additionally, knowing exactly what kinds of cleaners are being used on your rugs can give you piece of mind, which is something that many people value more and more, especially those who have young children or chemical sensitivity.
1. Use a vacuum to get rid of loose dirt.
Start by giving the area rug a good vacuuming on all sides. The back will certainly gather crumbs, dust, and filth, so don’t ignore it.
2. Check the cleaner’s colorfastness on your rug.
For cleaners, you have two choices:
You can adhere to the rug cleaner/mixing shampoos directions if you purchase it from a store. Alternatively, you might mix a pail of warm water with a few capfuls of mild liquid dish soap. Use cool water to avoid shrinking or color fading from hot water.
Test your cleaner—whether it’s homemade or from the store—on a small, unnoticeable area of the rug, like the very corner, to make sure the colors don’t run. If it doesn’t, move on to the following action.
3. Work the cleaner into the rug and then leave it alone for a while.
Scrub the shampoo or detergent into the rug well with a sponge or brush until suds appear. Prior to rinsing, let the solution sit on the rug and work for a while.
4. Hose the rug down.
Use a garden hose to thoroughly rinse the rug, making sure the water is free of any soap suds before you are done.
5. To get rid of extra water, use a squeegee.
This window-cleaning tool will work perfectly to squeeze extra water out of the carpets. Working just in the direction of the rug’s nap, firmly press the rubber-edged blade of the squeegee into the rug and pull to extract as much liquid as you can.
6. Permit the rug to thoroughly dry on both sides.
To dry, lay the rug flat. Turn it over once the top side has dried so that the bottom may finish drying.
7. Use a vacuum or a brush to remove compacted fibers from the rug.
To free the fibers of your area rug, which may have compacted during washing and drying, use a vacuum or a clean, soft-bristled brush. After that, put your rug back in the space and relax.
Your rugs will serve your family and house for many years with routine upkeep and cleaning, hosting countless game tournaments, TV marathons, and fireside snuggles.
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