For most homes, one of the keys to an aesthetically pleasing home is clean, thoughtfully placed large area rugs. These rugs have quickly become an efficient way to create a beautiful look without having to break the bank.
Large area rugs are also widely preferred based on the sheer degree of comfort they provide, and the ambiance of elegance they add to a room. Practically, however, they are exceptional at protecting the surface of a floor from dirt and permanent stains.
The fact that these rugs protect the bare floor from stains and dirt means that they absorb this dirt themselves, and would require regular maintenance and cleaning in a bid to keep them at optimal conditions. However, the maintenance of these rugs can be a herculean task especially when they are large area ones.
Because rugs are usually thick, many homeowners shy away from giving them the required care, thus giving room for dirt buildup which houses insects and a whole lot of unpleasant particles, including allergens.
Rugs can, however, be properly maintained without stress if you follow set guidelines. Below, are some of such guidelines on how to care for your rugs, especially the large area rugs.
Here are 5 tips to aid your large area rug maintenance routines without breaking the bank:
- Access your Rug: You should look at your rug thoroughly to determine if you want to do it yourself or you'd love to seek professional help. Some types of rugs are delicate, made from uncommon materials and very expensive to replace. These rugs should be given to professionals to work on. On the other hand, rugs with natural fiber would most likely require dry-cleaning and expert attention.
- Don't attempt to carry it alone:While this may sound unrelated, it is quite related. Do not attempt to carry your large area rugs alone simply because you just can't. Plus, it may hurt your back. You also cannot clean your large area rug thoroughly in the house, hence, you will need some help from your able-bodied friends to take the rug to a dry location outside. Your rug needs some air too, but be careful not to place it on the lawn or on a moist surface.
- Vacuum: This is the first step you take after bringing the rug outside. Vacuum from one side first and then flip to the other side and vacuum also. This is an indispensable part of your maintenance journey.
- Use a generally effective cleaner when unsure: After vacuuming, you would need to check for noticeable stains in the rug and note them. Then test your cleaner on one part of the rug as some cleaners end up damaging the rug by changing its color, eating into the fabric, or worse. Alternatively, you could make use of distilled white vinegar which tends to work efficiently against most stains and causes little to no damage to most fabrics. It is also really affordable too.
- Clean from the edges of your large area rug to the center to avoid dirt spread on your rug. Use a very good brush with a strong handle and wash with the rug cleaner mixed in water.
- Rinse and dry completely: You can then rinse and hang out to dry. After drying, you may need to vacuum again to make your rug is sparkly again.
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