The Best Way to Clean Rugs 
You walk on your rug every day, and over time it can lose some of its lustre. But with proper care, your rug can look its best for years to come. All you need is a regular cleaning regimen, the right vacuum, and some stain-busting tricks. 
1. Vacuum Often—Where It Counts 
 
Carpet functions like a giant air filter, collecting our home's dirt and dust. Those two Ds act like fine sandpaper, wearing down carpet fibres over time, make sure you vacuum high-traffic areas once a week or more.  
 
By just quickly vacuuming the high-soil areas in the entries and toward the front of your home, you can add years to the life of your rug. 
 
While vacuuming, take your time and use overlapping strokes.  
 
Count slowly to three during each forward and backward stroke, to make sure they give the vacuum time to do its work. 
2. Rotate 
To make sure your rug wears out evenly, you should rotate your rug at least once a year. This will ensure that wear from traffic and sun fading are distributed throughout your rug and are not concentrated in a specific area. 
 
3. Spot clean, now! 
If there is a spill, you should clean it immediately. Depending on the type of spill you are facing, follow the appropriate steps: 
 
Spilt Water 
Blot out the water with paper towels or a clean white cloth. You can place a paper towel or a cloth on the underside and blot out from the top to get the most water out. You can also dry it out with a hair dryer set on cold/warm (not hot). 
 
Spilt Food/drinks 
With a paper towel, clean cloth, or a spoon if you need to, remove as much as you can. Rinse the stain with cold water. You can do this by sponging it with cold water, placing a cloth or paper towel on the underside, or you can place a plastic dish on the underside of your rug, make a hollow on your carpet over the dish so water doesn’t run in every direction and pour cold water through your rug. 
After the rinse, blot dry and sponge with rug shampoo or homemade cleaning solution made of ¼ cup white vinegar, ¼ tsp dishwashing detergent, and 2 cups tepid water. Be careful not to use a stiff brush as this might pull the fibres. Sponge the area with cool water to finish. Let the area dry thoroughly. It helps to place something under your rug to help the air circulate. 
 
Pet stains 
Pet stains can be hard to deal with. Urine can cause the dyes to run, damage the structure of the rug, and attract moths. The smell is also very hard to remove. You can try to clean up a urine stain the same way you do a Food/Drink spill, just add a cup of white vinegar per gallon to the rinse water. As many rug dyes are acid-fast this will help to prevent the colours from running. 
For more solid material, you can scrape up and sponge the area with a rug shampoo or the homemade cleaning solution listed above. There are also several specialized cleaning products in the market developed specifically for this problem that you can find at your local pet store or on-line. Just be sure to test the product in a small hidden area of the rug before your attempt to remove the stain. 
 
4. Is it time for a professional? 
If you have had your rug for a long time it might be time for a full professional cleaning. Here are a couple tips that can let you know if it’s time. 
a. After you vacuum, rub your rug with your finger vigorously in a short arc for 10 seconds. If your finger is dirty, your rug needs a deep clean. 
 
b. Pull the pile apart and look at the foundation of your rug, if the warp and weft look dirty, the dirt has sunk into your rug where the vacuum can’t reach, and you should deep clean your rug. 
 
Contact George at Chem-Dry on 07989 439561 
George can make your rugs look like new! 
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