Cleaning and Care of Rugs and Carpets
As any interior item, you have in homes, carpets and rugs need regular care as well. Frequent light cleaning to remove dirt before it becomes tough or demands a professional cleaning; it is good to have an attention to the pile and deep cleaning about once a year. Cleaning the rugs and carpets can be like an exercise. As soon as it becomes a routine for you and you will keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it, and doing it the right way will help you to save time, energy, and do the job right from the start.
Vacuuming a Carpet
If you have hand-knotted, fragile and old rugs, there is a need in special handling, ordinary rugs and carpets made of synthetics or wool you can take care by following tips:
- Clean spots and spills quickly
- Professionally deep clean
The most effective and easiest way to keep your carpet clean is a proper vacuuming. Use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. Try not to make too many passes over the same spot and do not press down too much. Instead, move slightly to the left or right about every four strokes. When vacuuming, try to remember few easy steps:
• When vacuuming, do not ignore those corners and gaps where dust builds.
• Dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture surfaces first and then vacuum away any fallen dust. It is “Top-Down” cleaning.
• When vacuum bags are half to two-thirds full, it is a better time to remove or replace it.
Cleaning Spots and Spills
Suddenly, or accidentally you have a spill right to the carpet, the key is to act as quickly as you can. The longer you wait, the higher the probability that the spill will become a permanent stain.
• Blot liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels with no prints or color.
• To remove it start at the outside of the spot and continue toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading. Do not scrub or use a brush. Scrubbing and brushes can damage the carpet.
• Use carpet-cleaning product. Follow the product’s directions carefully. Using a white cloth with a small amount of the product working gently, from the edges to eth center. You may need to do this several times to remove the spot.
Professionally Deep Cleaning
There are some times when your rug or a carpet do need a special care, or a professional deep cleaning. No matter how much you vacuum, the carpet does not look like it used to be. Hiring a professional is the safest, fastest and easiest options. When looking for a cleaning professional, it is needed to take into consideration some things:
• Make sure that you select a cleaning professional with certification from an organization that certifies professionals.
• Room sizes vary and charges should be based on the total area cleaned, that is why be careful of any company that contacts you by phone or that advertises a cleaning price by the room.
Deeply cleaning a small rug can be done outdoors. First vacuum the rug indoors and then test it for colorfastness by soaking a corner with warm water and wiping it with a paper towel. If no color rubs off, the rug is colorfast; if color does rub off, have the rug cleaned professionally.
So if you wash it outdoors, then lay it face down on a hard surface like a driveway. Use a garden hose to spray the back of it. Use a carpet detergent, start with the center and scrub in wide, circular strokes, and then rinse the scrubbed area by spraying it. After washing, rinse the carpet a second time by spraying it in the center and working the suds toward the edges, ahead of spray. Continue rinsing it until no more suds appear. Dry the carpet by hanging it, or by spreading it, face up, on a dry lawn.
Stop Dirt at the Door
A great way to start keeping your carpet clean is preventing dirt and grime on it. Outdoor and indoor mats or runners can reduce the amount of dirt that enters the house. You may want to take off the shoes.