Rugs have a limited lifespan, unlike some other floor covering options. However, they can last for a long time with the proper care and maintenance. And an excellent styled rug can complement to the beauty and appeal of a house’s flooring. Below are some tips to consider when cleaning a rug:
Daily vacuuming and dust removal
Rug owners should always have a vacuum. This is the most essential appliance when it comes to cleaning almost any rug. Vacuums can remove almost all dust from the surface when properly used. Same thing happens even for an indoor rug because nothing escapes from dirt especially in a family home setting.
When dirt and dust gather within the rug’s surface plus the friction against each of the fibres, your rug gets damaged. It also becomes a health hazard to people with asthma. Very small insects flourish within a dusty rug, which may be deadly to people who are allergic.
To properly vacuum your rug, use the attachment with a wide nozzle at the end. Place the end of the hose farther from you and sweep it towards you slowly. This allows more suction of the surface as compared to moving the nozzle away from you. Remember to empty the vacuum bag before cleaning the surface with it in order to avoid any reduction of the air flow. Do not use a normal vacuum to clean any spilled liquids, unless it can handle any amount of moisture as specified on the unit’s instruction manual.
Airing out your rug
This is the most used option for those who doesn’t have a vacuum. If you have an open space, you can hang the rug on a clothesline or over a balcony edge. From there, you can use a rug beater to remove the dust from it. Remember to remove the dirt outside and not indoors. Removing the dust inside will only transfer them to your other furniture or electronic gadget. Be mindful as well when dusting your rug outside as you might send a cloud of dirt towards a person with breathing problems.
Exposing your rug to the sun is a very effective way to disinfect it. This is due to the ultraviolet radiation from the sun, which can kill most microorganisms. This method is recommended even after vacuuming the rug as it can naturally remove most of the odours coming from it. Leaving the rug under the sun for a whole day is recommended.
Cleaning spills and removing stains
Immediately clean any liquid or spill on your rug with an absorbent paper towel. Remember to dab the towel gently and by not rubbing the surface, it absorbs the rug’s moisture off of it preventing the stain from scattering deeper into the rug.
Should a stain appear on the rug, you can use a homemade cleaning solution rather than buying a commercial cleaner. Simply mix one teaspoon of white vinegar, one teaspoon of mild detergent and four cups of warm water. Pour the mixture onto the stain and leave it alone until it has dried to remove the affected spot.
Your carpet will last longer depending on how often you are able to clean it and how much usage it goes through. Proper maintenance can greatly increase its lifespan.
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