Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Your Area Rugs

A Homeowner Maintaining His Area Rug

The primary purpose of the areas of your home is to serve as functioning spaces for your daily activities. You cook and store food in the kitchen, bathe in the bathroom, sleep in the bedrooms, and so on and so forth. However, as a homeowner, filling these spaces with the proper appliances or equipment is still not enough to turn your house into a home. This is when your creative personality steps in. Brightening up these spaces with practical home installments is one way to not only express your rooms’ distinct personality, but also add a useful function to the room.

Purchasing area rugs is just one of the many examples made available for homeowners. Not only do they keep your floors from looking pretty, but because of how it is designed, area rugs are good room insulators, and transform into a soft landing spot whenever a curious toddler falls around. There are many benefits that come with owning an area rug; however, to preserve the features of this item, it needs to be properly maintained and cleaned.

Cleaning and maintaining the area rugs in your homes is as simple as the installation process. By following these tips, your rugs will surely look good and still be useful, for a very long time.

The Routine Flip

Some rugs have special paddings on one side, while others do not. Either way, both sides experience their fair share of dirt, dust, and other microorganisms, that seem to have found its way in between the rug's fibers. Rotating and vacuuming each side at least twice a week, will keep tiny substances from building-up between its surfaces. If the design of your rug can be seen in both sides, flipping it once in a while, even out the item’s color, and wear and tear.

Do Not Vacuum Fringes and Tassels

If your rug comes with these accessories, the best way to keep them from tearing is to clean them without using the vacuum. Feeding them into the vacuum’s nozzle will potentially break your machine and damage your rug. To keep these attachments clean, fluffing them once in a while, will suffice.

Purchase Trustworthy Rug Shampoos or Sprays

It is always wise to check the labels of rug cleaners. These cleaners contain chemicals which can destroy and discolor your rugs, if they have not been tested properly or contain high chemical contents. Testing out the efficiency of such products is quite easy. Simply apply a small amount of the cleaner on a white cotton towel and dab it on your rug’s surface. Make sure that the colors of the rug will not run or bleed.

Blot Out Stains ASAP

Letting liquid stains rest on the surface will allow it to dry and harden – making it more difficult to remove. Blotting out stains, before they have time to stiffen, is much easier. All you have to do is to press on the blemished area with a 100% cotton dry towel. Do this repeatedly, turning the folded towel over and over until you are able to absorb as much moisture as possible. Never scrub the stain off your rugs, for it causes permanent damage.

Neutralizing Odors

If your rug is constantly exposed to your pet’s odors, or any other odor for that matter, and you want to get the smell out of your rug, simply mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water, and blot it out with a white towel.

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