Area Rug Cleaning Simplified
Spilling something on your area rug is something that we’ve all been through. When it comes to area rug cleaning, it’s never easy and not always fun. Fortunately for you, there are a few tricks you can apply to make your rug clean again. While some rugs are made of synthetic fibres, making them more resistant to staining and require less attention, larger cotton rugs need a few hacks and extra care when cleaning.
If you’re on a budget and professional rug cleaning isn’t an option, there are a few cheap cleaning ideas we can use for slightly more affordable carpet cleaning.
Please remember to use gloves when using any rug cleaner, hot water, dish detergent or cleaning solution. Your skin will thank you!
1. Area Rug Cleaning The Natural Way
When it comes to stains, there is an old trick that works more often than not for area rug refreshing. Replace the carpet shampoo with a natural recipe that’s kinder to your wool rug! Instead of hiring professional cleaners, try this natural area rug recipes first for a healthier home environment.
Natural Area Rug Cleaning Recipes
Soda, vinegar and essential oils make for excellent homemade carpet cleaners. There are different combinations you can use to get the best of your cleaning.
You can use equal parts of baking soda and vinegar for a paste or mix in water before spraying on the stained portion of the rug. Leave it overnight to dry completely before scrubbing with a brush or vacuuming for an extra deep clean.
Another excellent combination is to use baking powder with essential oil before vacuuming to give you a freshened smell. Vinegar and mild dish soap can also remove crayon marks, coffee, red wine, and mud. Hot vinegar can even remove chewing gum!
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2. Deal with any spillage as quickly as possible to keep Area Rugs clean
An important trick to learn is that some spillage will come off quickly if you sponge them and clean immediately after they have been spilled so that they don’t soak deeper into the yarns. Use wet microfibre towels on the spillage to suck the spill and then leave it to dry.
3. Area Rug Cleaning Products You May Not Consider For A Rug; Use a squeegee
While pets are cute and adorable, they do tend to leave behind a lot of furs whenever they lay on the area rug, and it gets even more frustrating when it spreads everywhere on your rug. Squeegees come in handy for fur and hair cleaning especially one with a long handle that you can move it back and forth to clean the whole area quickly and easily. The squeegee rubber properties loosen the stuck hair, and you easily pick them up.
4. Clean Dark Stains From Your Area Rug; Use A Wet cloth and iron
This trick is especially useful when cleaning dark drinks or coffee stains. After a spill, ensure there are no other particles around the area you want to clean. Take a piece of wet clothing (either an old T-shirt or microfibre towels) and place it above the stain. Use the iron to heat the cloth to lift the stain out of the rug and into the microfibre cloth. Do it until all the stain is removed before drying the rug.
5. Best Cleaning Hack For Gum; Use ice
In the case of chewing gum, apply some ice on the gum and give it five to ten minutes before scraping or brushing it off using a softbristle brush and be sure to remove excess water.
In conclusion, cleaning rugs is never a fun affair, especially when it’s, not a scheduled cleaning. Arming yourself with a few tricks completely changes the game when you have to clean area rugs and keeps you calm and even smiling in case of an unexpected spill.