Got Rugs? Our 5 best tips for keeping them clean.

What is the best way to clean your rug?, Dry clean, Steam clean, spot clean, or something else?

A clean rug is an important part of making your house a home, adding personality and flair to your living areas, dining rooms, and hallways. They offer an easier maintenance and cleaning routine then full carpet and add warmth to homes with floorboards and tiles. But how do you keep them fresh and clean?

There are several easy ways to keep your rug clean and help it last many years without replacement.

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1. SHAKING THE RUG

Starting off, keep it simple. regular removal of dirt and debris will keep your rug cleaner for longer, before requiring professional intervention
If you have the room, and the rug isn’t too large you can simply shake them off, lift from one end and give a good flick to remove a lot of surface particles and debris of the rug. (just make sure to vacuum afterwards!)

2. VACUUM CLEANING

An obvious one, but an important one. A good vacuum can go a long way to cleaning your rug, offering a powerful dry clean method. We strongly recommend a quality Vacuum with a powered brush, This will ensure the fibres are agitated and loosened, lifting embedded dirt and debris from deep inside, ensuring a powerful rug clean.

3. STEAM CLEAN

Stream cleaning is a powerful and effective way to deep clean your rug. Best completed by a professional carpet cleaning technician. A quality carpet cleaner can thoroughly clean your rug regardless of the material type. With the use of specialised products such as wool safe chemicals, and rinse aids you can be assured your rug will be clean and fresh. Steam clean is the best approach for cleaning stains, marks, heavy soiling, and pet accidents from your rug. These methods should only be used by quality professionals, as certain fabric types may be sensitive to cleaning. Steam and other moisture based cleaning is not suitable or recommended for Persian rugs, natural dyes, or cow-hide rugs.

4. DRY CLEAN

Performing a dry clean is another great solution for a rug that isn’t heavily soiled. A large variety of dry cleaning options exist, including powders and foams for the DIY clean, to low moisture shampoo and agitations, usually performed by carpet cleaning specialists. whilst effective at cleaning embedded dirt and debris, dry cleaning applications are not ideal for removing stains and heavy soiling. Professional dry cleaning is suitable almost all types of rugs, from nylon, to wool weave. A pure dry clean only(no liquids at all) would be recommended for Persian, and other naturally dyed rugs

5. CLEANING FOOD STAINS

Food and drink stains can be cleaned effectively from your rug by acting quickly. If a spill occurs it is important to clean it up as quickly as possible. For liquids, placing a tea-towel or cloth on the soiled area and blotting the stain. By blotting the stain with a clean towel until no more liquid can be absorbed you will have effectively removed most of the stain, if there’s still staining present after the liquid is removed a light spray of 1 part water, 1 part white vinegar solution followed by repeating the blotting with a clean towel will help shift the remaining mark. If the mark persists it may need some specialist stain removal.

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WHAT ARE THE BENIFITS OF REGULAR CLEANING?

A regular cleaning routine is important to the longevity of your rugs, and can help with the wellbeing of your home and family. Over time odours, dirt, microbes, allergens and bacteria can become embedded in your household rugs, this can lead to some unpleasant smells, hay fever, and even illness if especially dirty. By getting your rugs cleaned regularly you are significantly reducing the life of your rug. Deodorizes also play an important part in the Professional cleaning process. By including quality deodorizes a carpet cleaning specialist is able to have your home smelling fresh and clean for longer.