Don’t panic, cleaning your area rug is not rocket science
This is my guide on how to clean your area rug.
In today’s post, you’ll learn:
Let’s get started.
Here are the necessary materials you need at hand:
This step by step solution breaks down the cleaning process for you.
The weather is an important factor to consider and in this case, summer is the best time.
For the following reasons:
Next, select a dry area (cemented is better) so that you don’t soak onto the soil or grass while cleaning your area rug.
Your area rug can be bulky, so you need to choose a robust support system, probably a thick rope, bench, a wall or a hanging line made of strong thick wires.
Then flip it over and thoroughly vacuum the bottom side. If you have a pet, use a soft brush to remove any stray hair in the carpet fiber.
Now it’s time to roll up your area rug and take it outside. Place it on your support system with the top side up.
To get rid of any last bits of dust, use a small piece of wood or broom handle to smack your area rug softly. Do this until to the point when no dusty clouds come out.
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Back to the patch test, first, apply a little shampoo on a small corner or patch of your area rug and with some water.
Let this carpet shampoo settle for approximately 5-10 minutes while still observing.
Now rinse off this patch with clean water and keenly check for any color change or fiber damage. If there’s no negative effect, you are good to go.
Lay it on a clean flat surface and make it wet using clean, running tap water for easier shampoo application.
Now apply your shampoo all over your rug.
Using a soft brush or sponge, thoroughly scrub your area rug until the shampoo mixes with water to form a lather. If your rug has stained patches, scrub on them until the stains disappear.
Sometimes, warm water can help to loosen the dirt and work on stains better that cold water. While at it, be gentle to avoid damaging your carpet fiber.
Let the shampoo rest on your area rug for approximately 5-10 mins to give it enough time to sink in and wash away all dirt.
At this point, the lather or foam formed should be a bit dirty due to dirt particles and stains.
And how do you know the shampoo is thoroughly washed?
Easy, the running water should be crystal clear. Turn it over and rinse the bottom as well.
I also gave a few reasons.
Still, your rug will need help getting rid of as much excess water as possible to hasten the drying process.
Here are two ways of doing this:
Once you do this, leave it out to dry in the sun and on a flat surface. Remember to flip it on the bottom side after the top side has completely dried up.
Now return your completely dry rug to your house and lay it in position.
By now, your rug’s carpet fibers are completely fallen and twisted, right?
Vacuum your rug or use a soft brush and comb it to revive the fibers.
I hope you enjoyed my guide on how to clean are rug.
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