DIY Rug Cleaning23 May 2014
Rug cleaning may seem like the kind of thing that you need to get people in to do, but there are many ways in which you can get the job done yourself. You must ensure that you err completely confident in the process that you use however, as failing to get the right action for the right material will potentially result in irreversible damage, which is obviously the opposite of what you are aiming for! Have a look over the following ways in which to clean a rug should give you a brief overview of the things that you need to consider, but if you are going to do the job yourself, it may be worth looking further into the details of each process before proceeding. For a start, give some thought to the humble carpet shampoo. If your rug is made from normal fivers, rather than rare or delicate ones, then this may be a pretty easy option. Shampoo will dry into a powdery residue, that is then vacuumed off, so you need to be sure that you are not going to risk getting the rug all dusty, if it is a loose weave one, that could trap the powder too effectively. The process is a good one for all over cleaning, but you may want to add a little extra for getting out particularly bad staining. You will find that the best results will be done by hand with a scrubbing brush, though this is a lot of work!You need to be aware of the items that you use for the action of cleaning, as the bristles on a brush that you use, of the rough side of a sponge may be too much for some fibers, and repeated abrasion can cause them to break, making holes are tears in the rug. You will usually be able to see this happening as it start, so keep an eye on the rub and the area that you are cleaning in when you do get down to it, as otherwise you could well end up in some serious trouble! Give a little thought to the scrapers that you use to get rid of thicker stains, like chewing gum or chocolate, as the sharp edges of such implements can be similarly damaging. Using acids and alkalis like vinegar or bleach can be good for removing tough stains, but only really as a later resort. You will find that the process involves chemicals that can eat away at certain fibers, so do your research into the materials that are being used before you start applying harsh chemicals like bleach to your rug! Vinegar and lemon are a lot gentler than synthetic chemical cleaners, and will often leave a much more pleasant scent, so try applying these with a rag, and a little baking soda, to soften the cleaning process over all. You will find that after a little agitation, the dirt should come away. However, if you are not sure that the technique that you are using is doing a lot of good, then it is always best to at least consult a professional about it. You will find that dry cleaning and steam cleaning are excellent ways to ensure that the rug is treated effectively as well as safely, though it may well cost you a bit! There is no shame in giving up on something before you ruin it, as at least you had a go at solving the problem yourself!
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