Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rugs are beautiful when it comes to adding some aesthetics to your home. They can be delicate and sometimes expensive. Maintaining your floor covering is important and sometimes requires a very delicate procedure. It is necessary to know how and when to clean your floor coverings so you do not end up devaluing them over the years.

  1. For small pieces, flip them upside down once a month and beat it lightly on the reverse side. This will remove most of the sand particles and other soil trapped in there. This is a very easy and effective way of getting rid of most of the soil there. You then use a vacuum cleaner on the back side of larger ones to accomplish the same thing. This will vibrate the soil out of the fibers onto the floor. Flip the floor covering over and sweep or vacuum up the soil.  Do not use the vacuum cleaner with a brush / beater bar on the fringes though. Using the vacuum cleaner on the fringes would likely damage them.
  2. For larger rugs that cannot be moved, use a vacuum cleaner regularly to remove the soil. The frequency of cleaning depends on the intensity and conditions of use. Ideally floor coverings in a bedroom tend to require less vacuum action as compared to the one in a public waiting area.
  3. Furniture pressure, foot traffic and sun can cause extra wear on a floor covering. You should rotate them at least once a year to even out the rate of wear. This means rotating them, end to end or 1800. You may also want to rearrange the furniture to re direct the traffic.
  4. Exercise caution when using sprays and shampoos. Carpet spot removers are not designed for rugs. They are made for synthetic carpets. If you must use it, test it in a small area to ensure that the colors do not run. Make sure you clean off every trace of the cleaning agent else, it will attract new soil to the area within a short period of time.
  5. Clean up stains as soon as they occur. Blot or scrape them off depending on the type of stains. Use a clean white terry cloth towel or paper towel and water. Do not clean in a circle as this can cause severe damage to your rug. Clean in a straight line in the direction of the nap.
  6. When transported, rugs should be rolled but can be folded for short trips. Folding them longer than a day or two can cause permanent damage to the smoothness of the surface.
  7. When storing your floor covering, do not wrap up them up dirty. Have your floor coverings cleaned before storing. Roll them and wrap them in Tyvek or bown craft paper so that they can breath.  Most people don’t know that wool can hold 30% of its weight in water and still feel dry to the touch.   So storing a wool floor covering in plastic would cause it to condensate and have all kinds of problems because of the moisture.
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