For most homes, one of the keys to an aesthetically pleasing room is an area rug to anchor the space. Finding the perfect rug for your room can be exciting, but you also need to know how to properly care for it so it will hold up to the normal wear and tear of every day life. If you have kids, you know that spills and crumbs are a daily occurrence, or you have pets with the occasional accident. You don’t need to play huge fees for a professional to care for your rug, rather, a couple of tools on hand will give you all you need to keep your rug looking fresh for years to come. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to clean your rug.
To avoid your rug from getting worn too soon, it's good to keep it well maintained with routine care.
First thing to check is your rug’s care label before attempting a deep clean. This will tell you if there are any considerations you should be aware of before diving in. Different rugs have different needs and you want to make sure you don’t cause unnecessary harm in the process of cleaning.
Gather your tools together so everything is ready to go when you need it.
Following the instructions of your rug shampoo, be sure to test the solution in a small for colorfastness. Once you are confident the shampoo is safe to use on your rug, start massaging the cleaning solution deep into the fibers. You should not have to work up a sweat with too much effort, simply let the shampoo do its work as you massage it in. Let the cleaner sit for a few minutes and then rinse the rug clean so as no soap is left, which will attract more dirt. To rinse, use a clean sponge and a rinse water bucket to remove the soap.
It’s very important to dry your rug completely before you call the job done. Hang it up to dry if you can. If you can’t hang it up, try to elevate the rug to get airflow underneath. Set a fan on it to speed things along. Once you are content with the dryness of your newly cleaned rug, consider vacuuming it again to remove any loosened dirt. Your rug should be feeling good as new once you bring it back inside!
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