Monday, January 13, 2014
Rugs are a great addition to any room, as they bring textural interest and can also introduce color or pattern to the space. However, rug maintenance is important, to keep them looking clean and new.
Read on for some tips for rug care...
Regular vacuuming is necessary to keep dirt from becoming embedded in your rug. One pass of the vacuum cleaner isn’t enough. The number of times you pass the vacuum cleaner over your rug will depend on its location. High-traffic areas should get eight passes, while areas near the outdoors should have twelve. Brush out pet hair regularly. And if the rug is small enough, you may also take it outside to beat off the dirt. You should also have professional cleaners take your rug away every so often for effective cleaning.
Woven or braided rugs
Use commercial carpet-cleaning foam on woven or braided rugs. Lay out the carpet on concrete or vinyl floors while cleaning. You may also opt to just place an old blanket under the rug to protect your floors. Be sure to follow the cleaning foam’s product directions. Rinse it well and dry before replacing the rug on the floor.
Natural fiber rugs
Coir, sisal, rush and grass rugs are made of natural fibers. This type of rug is woven in such a way that dirt may penetrate through the rug and onto the floor, so it’s important to vacuum the rug as well as the floor. Also, flip the rug regularly for even wear and tear.
Delicate rugs, such as antiques, vintage items or ones that are handmade or hand-knotted, need special care and attention while cleaning. To prevent damage on your rug, place a nylon mesh over the vacuum attachment before you vacuum the rug. Change the mesh regularly to avoid spreading more dirt on the rug.
Skins and hides
Rugs made of animal fur, hide or hair also need more attention. Put some unscented talcum powder on the rug and shake it out. Repeat this process several times until the dirt is also shaken out. Rugs with longer hair will require more times. - Aislinn Kee