Since there are many different types of rugs that are each made from different types of materials, learning how to clean a spot or stain on the rug may require you to first find out about the material the rug is constructed from. Most rugs are quite expensive and destroying the rug by applying the incorrect cleaner to the rug could be quite disappointing. However, if you are just looking for general information on how to clean a rug, here are a few helpful tips to get you through the process.
Perhaps you have purchased a luxurious Persian or Asian rug for your home. Due to the large party the night before, a large stain went unnoticed and the stain is now set in the rug. Before running to grab the first cleaning product from your cleaning supply closet, call a professional to remove the stain from the rug. This is the first and far most, most effective method to completely remove the stain. Although the cost of having the carpet cleaning company come out is more than you want to pay, in the end, you will be glad that you hired the professional rug cleaner.
For your average rug, the cleaning process is much easier. Finding out how to clean a rug does not require you to be a chemist or rocket scientist. A person has to keep just a few ideas in mind before breaking out the spot or stain remover. Keep these ideas in mind:
Never Scrub The Area
When we think about cleaning, the first idea that comes to our mind is, “scrub.” However, scrubbing the area where the stain is set is not the best idea for the fibers that make up the rug. Most often the scrubbing motion will cause the stain to remain permanent, which is the factor that you are trying to avoid. If the product that has been spilled can be scooped up, it would be best to try and physically remove the spill with a object such as a spoon first. Instead of scrubbing the soiled area, use a clean light fabric cloth or towel to allow the still to wick up into the towel from the rug.
Wet-Dry Vac Method
Before applying any type of chemical cleaner to the rug, utilizing a wet-dry vac to suck up the spill is a extremely effective way to quickly remove the spill. If your wet dry vac has adequate suction power, a huge majority of the spill can easily be removed with out damaging the fibers in the rug.
Baking Soda Trick
Utilizing a old home remedy is once again a great way to clean your rug. Acting as a natural neutralizer, the sodium bicarbonate, a.k.a. baking soda, draws the stain up into the power ingredients. Once the stain is wicked to the baking soda, the vacuum is the best way to completely remove both the stained product and the baking soda. Most often baking soda is a completely harmless product that can safely be used on your carpet, but check your manufactures label first to see if it may cause damage.
For general cleaning of your home’s carpets, there are the do it yourself machines that can be found in your local grocery store, or you can hire out a professional to come to your home and clean your carpets. Keep in mind that there are several different carpet cleaning methods that can be used to get your carpets cleaned.
Once you finally learn the specifics on how to clean a rug in your own home, getting the job done the next time will be quick and easy.