How to clean and care for your rug

How to clean and care for your rug

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Whether in your home, office or other commercial workspaces, dirt can get everywhere. And rugs are often forgotten in the cleaning plans. Rugs are usually situated in high traffic parts of the office or home, meaning that they can take a battering. If you want to give them the longevity they deserve, you should occasionally give them a deep clean. It can take some time, but we hope that this guide can help you speed up matters and give your rug the best chance for longer life. This is Total Cleans guide on how to clean and care for your rug.

How to remove surface dirt to clean and care for your rug?

Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and not only that but various fibre lengths and thickness, which means that it can be challenging to remove all the dirt with your generic hoover. Some of the more considerable and obvious dirt can be lifted by hand, but the smaller, more ground-in dirt can prove a challenge. If the rug is a small one, you can take it outside and give it a little bash. That will help to release the dirt and dust before you wash it. 

Don’t forget the back of the rug. Dirt and dust can easily accumulate there too.

What can you use to clean and care for your rug?

You can purchase specific rug shampoo, but if you don’t want to spend too much money on it or only have a small rug to clean, you can also use diluted washing-up detergent. 

How do you wash your rug?

Firstly, we recommend you check the rug for any specific instructions on the label from the manufacturer. If there is nothing, then follow these instructions.

Do not use hot water. If you use too hot water, it can lead to fibre shrinkage and fade the colour. You may wish to test a small section of your rug to see how it reacts to the detergent you are using to ensure no colours run. 

Once you have done your initial tests, we recommend a soft bristle brush and/or sponge to scrub the rug. Make sure you are always brushing in the direction of the fibres. 

Now that you have scrubbed the rug with detergent, you will want to rinse it (if possible) with clean water. If you have access to an outdoor hose, give the rug a gentle rinse until the water runs off it clear. 

If it is a wool rug, then do not get it excessively wet. It could ruin the wool. In cases where your rug is more delicate, just dab away the soap with a damp towel.

How do you dry your rug?

Firstly, you should try to remove as much excess water as possible. You can do this by using a towel to absorb the water, or, if it is a short fibre rug, you can use a window squeegee. Once again, ensuring that you are only going in the direction of the rug fibres. 

If you only have a small rug, you can then hang it to dry. If the rug is large, allow it to dry over time, then flip the rug to allow the underside to dry too, helping any moisture to escape. If you are drying your rug indoors, open some windows to create ventilation, or the humidity may settle and cause condensation.

How do you revive your rug?

When the rug drys, you may notice that some of the fibres have clumped together or are remaining flat. To lift those fibres and revive the rug back to its original softness, run a hoover over it or give it a light brush.

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