Cleaning a rug is an element of house cleaning that is hardly ever done by most people. However, it is an important part of a home clean and it should be done on a regular basis. The following are a few tips regarding cleaning a rug.
The importance of cleaning rug as a part of floor cleaning
Sometimes, due to neglect or time constraints, rugs are not cleaned as often as they should be. This can lead to the rug losing its texture and falling into disrepair. Once a rug starts to have long standing mud stains or streaks, it can be very hard to remove them. This is the reason why keeping the rug clean is important in floor cleaning.
How to clean a rug
Vacuuming the rug
The rug should be vacuumed on a regular basis. This should be done at least once a week. It may be best to invest in a handheld vacuum cleaner as it may be better in picking up smaller amounts of dirt than an upright vacuum cleaner can. Failing that, if the upright vacuum cleaner comes with upholstery apparatus, that can be used instead. Vacuuming the rug means that it will take all the dirt and debris out of the rug, leaving it clean and fresh. In the event that a rug has a fringe, try not to vacuum that area as it could cause the strands of the fringe to unravel from the rug.
Turn over the rug
It is a good idea to turn over the rug between once to twice a year. When this is done, vacuum both the front and the back of the rug. In the case where a person has hard floors, it is probably best to dust the rug as well.
Shaking out a small rug
Where the rug in question is small, it is advised to shake it out every so often. This will help to remove some of the dirt and grime within the rug.
Dealing with hairs from a pet
Where a person has a pet, there is a likelihood that the rug will pick up some hairs and dirt from the animal. To dislodge the hairs from the rug, use a brush.
Washing the rug
It is a sensible idea to wash the rug every six months to a year. This can be done by using an extraction carpet washer. There is a note of caution. These types of carpet washers are very expensive. It is best to test a tiny part of the rug before going ahead with the extraction wash. After the wash, the rug needs to dry at a fast rate otherwise it may get mildew. By using an extraction carpet washer, the rug should dry much faster.
Having the rug cleaned by professional cleaners
In the event that a person doesn’t have the time or the inclination to clean a rug, they can take the rug to a professional rug cleaner to have the rug cleaned.
The amount of times a rug should be professionally cleaned will vary. Where the rug is large in size and has not been walked on too much, the clean should take place every two years. In the event that the rug has accumulated a lot of dirt and debris on its surface, the rug should be cleaned every year. Although it may prove expensive, professional cleaners will have the equipment that most people will not have and they will be able to get the rug cleaned to a high standard.