Rugs and carpets are great for a nice, cosy and soft feeling for your home, but they are in most cases quite a serious investment, so you must make sure that you take proper care of them, so they last and serve you for longer.
Proper maintenance of your rugs at home requires regular cleaning, suitable and efficient stain removal as well protecting the rugs from damage as much as possible. Depending on the type of rugs you have at home, cleaning can be easy or a bit tricky.
If your rugs are delicate, antique, silk or of another type which requires special care and professional cleaning, cleaning them at home could be a tough job to do.
If you have ordinary synthetic rugs, you should be able to keep them clean easily and without too much effort.
Cleaning Of Your Rugs At Home – How To Do It?
Here are some tips to make your life easier if you have a number of rugs that need to be cleaned.
- Take off your dirty shoes by the entrance and avoid stepping on the rugs with shoes or letting your pets walk on them with dirty paws.
- Get a nice and sturdy doormat, to get as much dirt off your shoes before entering.
- Use an area rug in the hallway, which will contain as much of the dirt from the shoes as possible upon entry.
- Gve your rugs a thorough vacuuming one a week – vacuum slowly, and cover the high traffic areas at least twice. Also, if you can, flip the rug around and clean the bottom or reverse side, in order to get as much dirt out as possible.
- Roll up and take out your rugs for a nice shaking or beating at least once a month, if you have a suitable outdoor space.
- Wash your rugs, but before that make sure you have vacuumed or shaken off as much of the accumulated dirt and other residue from them as possible.
How To Wash Your Rugs
Use lukewarm water with a little of your carpet shampoo, a little dishwashing soap, vinegar, or another suitable cleaning solution.
If you are washing your rugs outdoors, you can use more water when rinsing them off, but indoors, you should use as little water as possible, because damp rugs can start growing mould and mildew, start to smell and damage the flooring.
Use a brush or sponge to apply little bits of the shampoo and water, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then repeat the brushing but with clean warm water.