Of course, there are some extreme cases when rich people pay up a couple of millions for an ancient oriental or Persian rug. But that is another story. Let’s focus on these low to mid priced rugs that can be afforded by most people around. They provide warmth and comfort to you and your family. Placed in the middle of a living room it’s a great place for slumber partying, game playing or movie watching.
If you want to have a place a enjoy yourself for longer then you need to maintain your rug. The biggest part is of course regular cleaning. You can have your rug cleaned professionally in your home or have it cleaned off-site, but it’s expensive. For those of you willing to invest some time and energy, however it’s possible to do a good job and have your rug cleaned on your own at home. Besides saving money on professional fees, you’ll be sure that the cleaning materials used are harmless and non-toxic. Thus safe for your children.
Tools and Materials
1. Vacuum Cleaner
2. Rubber Gloves (for sensitive skin)
3. Rug Shampoo/mild detergent
1. Get the rug ready thoroughly vacuum cleaning it. Alternatively, you can take it outside and hang it on the clothesline. Then beat dust and loose particles down.
2. Test for colourfastness is an important step of the process. You do want to test the cleaning product you will use on a small, inconspicuous part or the rug. Following the mixing instructions on the bottle/canister of cleaning agent prepare a small amount in proper ratio. Then test. If it doesn’t make the colours run,you can proceed to next step.
3. Washing is done either with a sponge or brush. Use either of them to work shampoo deep into the rug fibres. Allow the cleaning agent to sit for at least 10 minutes before moving to the next step.
4. Rinse plentifully with your garden hose, making sure that the rug is clear of soap suds before you finish.
5. Remove excess water is essential. You have to squeeze as much water as possible. To make it easier for you use a squeegee. However, work only in the direction of the rug’s nap.
6. Dry using fans or simply leave it flat on a concrete surface if the weather allows for it.