A guide to rug and carpet care

If you thought all it takes to clean your carpet clean is the vacuum cleaner, you are mistaken. It can miss a lot of dirt. Once the dirt gets into the carpet it doesn’t come out easily. And even your powerful vacuum cleaner won’t be able to suck it out.

But there are other cleaning methods that are quite simple. Follow this guide for cleaning your rugs and carpets.

Carpet Cleaning

Keeping Clean

In the first place limit dirt accumulation inside the carpet. At all entry points place sturdy doormats and also follow a shoes-off rule. 

To prevent dust and dirt from becoming embedded in the carpet frequent vacuuming is the best solution. Invest in an easy-to-use vacuum cleaner.  For area rugs, the easiest, most effective and safest deep-cleaning solution is to have them dry cleaned. You can also use steam cleaning and hot-water extraction.  

For Spot-Cleaning

Blot

When there is a spill using a thick pad of paper towel or a clean towel cover the area and blot up spills. With your hand press the surface. Until all the liquid has been absorbed repeat the process using dry towels.  

Soapy Water

Mixing a few drops of dishwashing soap or hand wash that is clear you can make your own spot-cleaning solution. You need to mix a few drops of water. But don’t use creamy-looking hand wash or dish wash as they can leave a sticky residue, and never use laundry detergent as it is too alkaline.

Rinse

Use vinegar or soapy water to remove coloured spills. First, using clean water mist the area and then using a dry towel blot the area. Repeat the process until there are no traces of residue. Do not damage the carpet by rubbing the surface. You need to only blot it.

Out of the Carpet and Into the Air

Many health problems, especially asthma in children, are the result of dirty carpets. While you vacuum your carpet the dust and dirt might get spread and pollute the air. This might worsen the situation. But the good news is that some of the latest vacuum cleaners have filters to trap all the dirt into the machine without shooting them into the air.

How to Clean Your Carpets

Carpet Type: Synthetic

Routine Care: Vacuuming – Use it in varying directions multiple times to remove grit. When half full change the bag.

Liquid Spills -- Using the blot technique described earlier to clean promptly. Discolouration on the carpets can be due to a spill or sticky residue trapped inside it. By misting warm water and blotting you can clean the surface.

Deep Cleaning on Your Own: On wall-to-wall carpeting professional steam cleaning works best. To dry the carpet use fans or air-conditioning.  

Carpet Type: Wool

Routine Cleaning: Vacuuming

Liquid Spills – Just like you clean any synthetic carpet clean by misting with water and blotting. Never use highly alkaline cleaner, which can damage wool.

Deep-Cleaning On Your Own: Home cleaning is not recommended as wool fibres absorb a lot of water.

TIP: Most of the carpets that we get to buy today are made from synthetic fibres. To test if your carpet is made of pure wool, take a stand and burn it. Burning wool smells like burned hair.

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