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A mistake many homeowners make is to treat their rugs in the same way they treat their carpets. That is, they vacuum them all over, and treat stains and long-term dirt and grime with store-bought carpet cleaner. The truth is that rugs are often much more delicate than carpets. Whereas carpets are specifically designed to handle high volumes of foot traffic, and are more hard-wearing, rugs are designed for much less use, so they are typically much more susceptible to damage. Understanding how to clean a rug is important for to keep them looking clean and fresh.
How Do I Tackle Delicate and Oriental Rug Cleaning?
When it comes to oriental rug cleaning, and buying a rug cleaner for other delicate materials, you’ll want to take a bit more time and care to ensure you don’t damage your rug’s fabric and fibres. Here’s how to clean a rug that is a bit more vulnerable than your everyday doormat:
- For everyday maintenance and upkeep, place an airy fabric, such as a light cotton pillowcase or piece of nylon, over the top of the rug.
- Vacuum the rug with the protective material over the top. Dirt should be filtered and extracted through the material, and the fibres of the rug should be fluffed up, without them being damaged from direct suction.
- For obvious dirty marks and stains, wherever possible use a gentle homemade rug cleaner containing natural ingredients. The detergent, vinegar, and warm water concoction mentioned above is excellent for oriental rug cleaning.
- For treating smells – especially pet smells and lingering tobacco odours – sprinkle the rug with a gentle talcum powder or baby powder. Leave the powder overnight to absorb all the smells, and simply vacuum off in the morning. When in doubt, call Choice Care Carpet Care for the best results @ 912-354-3067.