Guide to Cleaning Rugs.

Rug Cleaning Guide

1. Standard Rug Cleaning:

  • Shake or vacuum off dust and debris.
  • Choose an appropriate carpet shampoo. Always patch test before applying.
  • Clean preferably outdoors. If not, use a bathtub to prevent mess.
  • Let it dry in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use fabric spray for added fragrance (if material permits).

2. Wool & Cotton Rugs:

  • Vacuum or shake the rug.
  • Use cold water with a mild, non-bio detergent. Test on a small patch.
  • Dampen a white microfiber cloth and dab, especially on soiled areas.
  • Rinse with plain water, and blot dry.

3. Shag/Fluffy/Deep Pile Rugs:

  • Use dry shampoo. Sprinkle and work it into the fibers.
  • Allow it to sit, then vacuum or shake out.

4. Jute Rugs:

  • As they're water-sensitive, use the dry shampoo method like shag rugs.

5. Sheepskin Rugs:

  • Wash in cool water with sheepskin detergent.
  • Rinse, squeeze out excess water, and reshape.
  • Air dry away from direct sunlight. Brush halfway through and post drying.

6. Viscose Rugs:

  • Brush gently with soft bristles.
  • Blot spills immediately.

7. Outdoor Rugs:

  • Beat out debris, then wash with cold water. Dry outdoors.

Stain Removal Tips:

  • Red Wine: Blot immediately. Use a baking soda-water mixture or vinegar solution.
  • Tea/Coffee: Blot and use a vinegar-water solution.
  • Nail Polish: Use non-acetone remover, window cleaner, or hairspray.
  • Pet Stains: Use a vinegar, baking soda, and water mix.
  • Mud/Dirt: Let mud dry, brush off, and treat with a salt-vinegar solution.
  • Paint: Opt for the Hot Water Extraction Method by professionals.

Odor Removal:

  • Baking Soda Method: Sprinkle generously, leave overnight, then vacuum.
  • Steam Cleaning: If suitable, steam clean the rug, adding vinegar if needed.
  • Pet Odors: Apply baking soda on a wet rug, leave overnight, then apply vinegar. Blot dry.

Remember to always patch test any solutions on an inconspicuous area before using them on the entire rug.

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