The Rug Cleaning Process
The proper care and maintenance of rugs is essential to maintain their look and feel over time. Here’s a look at important steps in the rug-cleaning process:
- Inspection: Call a professional who can determine the type of fibre used in the rug and any special cleaning needs. An expert can determine if there are any problems with the rug’s materials, too.
- Colours: Before any cleaning, the stability of the colors must be determined. A professional will make sure that any cleaning solutions will not affect the vibrancy of the rug’s colors.
- Vacuuming: Vacuum your rugs once a week. Besides removing dust, vacuuming helps raise the fibers after normal wear.
- Submersion: Professional cleaners will place the rug in a pool of cleaning solution to loosen stubborn dirt and grime. The process also ensures that no spot will be overlooked.
- Shampooing: Use only the highest-quality shampoos that will rid your rug of dirt and bacteria. Cheap shampoos can cause rugs to deteriorate more quickly.
- Rinsing: Once you’ve shampooed the rug, use pressurized water to remove any residue. If this step is not taken, the rug could attract dirt more easily or even be damaged.
- Removing Water: Make sure that all excess moisture is removed from the rug. If your rug is small enough, use a ringer. It will also help remove any other particles left over after the cleaning.
- Air Drying: Once the rug has been fully cleaned, hang it out in warm, dry air to dry completely. Rugs need to be completely dry before they’re returned to normal use.
Keep in mind that the rug-cleaning process is essential if you want to retain the texture and elegance of your rugs.
How to Clean Oriental Rugs
Rugs are a key element in any home’s décor. They’re elegant, warm, stylish and more. There are different types of rugs available on the market, and Oriental rugs are among the most popular. If you buy one for your home, you must take special care in its cleaning. Left unclean, it will quickly lose its sheen and gloss. If you clean it the wrong way, you can damage it permanently.
Here are some tips for the basic cleaning of Oriental rugs:
- Over time, dirt and dust particles accumulate on it. Simple vacuuming done once a week will take care of the problem. Many people overlook the underside of the rug. At least once a month, flip it over and vacuum the underside, too.
- For stains, make a mixture of vinegar, soap and water. Pour a cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of soap in a bucket and mix it with water. Soak a sponge in the mixture but wring it out completely before using it to rub out a stain. When done, empty the bucket and fill it again with cool water. Soak a clean cloth in the new mixture, wring it out and rub gently on the spot you cleaned. Make sure the rug wash is removed completely before anyone walks on the rug.