How to Clean your Rugs at Home

We all have that rug at home (maybe a couple of them) that we look at and think ‘I really should give that a good clean… but how?’. You might give it a once over with the vacuum and/or occasionally shake it out. But you know just as well as we do that’s not really taking care of the problem… who knows how much dust and dirt is trapped in those fibres.

Here’s how we recommend you clean your rugs at home:

TOP TIP: this is a job best done in spring or summer, when there is no rain forecast for a couple of days.

Set up your outdoor station

This can be a messy job, so our suggestion is do it outside (that way you won’t worry about soaking through to the carpet or furniture getting in the way. Set up your rug cleaning station on concrete or your deck – basically any flat surface that isn’t the lawn. You’ll also need a support system that’s strong and sturdy enough to support your heavy rug – a clothesline probably won’t cut it, so if you have a strong fence, wall or bench to hang it over this will be ideal.

Give it a thorough vacuuming

First vacuum the fibres (visible side), then flip it over and vacuum the underside to remove any dust. Then when it’s clean, roll it up and take it outside to your cleaning station. If your rug is still dusty, grab a broom handle and give it a few hard whacks to beat some of the dust out. If dust clouds keep coming out, keep whacking until you’re either exhausted or satisfied most of the dust is gone.

Test your carpet shampoo
Before getting stuck into the cleaning, make sure you have a rug shampoo that is recommended for the your specific rug fibre/fabric. Then test it (as per its directions) on a small part of the rug – leave it for a couple of hours then examine the section to make sure it hasn’t discoloured or dislodged the fibres.

Let’s get cleaning!

First using a hose or some buckets of water, give your rug a good rinse to get it wet (don’t worry about getting it too wet, you need to soak it well for the shampoo application). Then apply the shampoo either all over the rug or, if it is a large rug, work on sections at a time. Using a sturdy brush with a short handle is usually the best way to really work the shampoo deep into the carpet fibres and give them a good clean. Work in slow circular motions, rather than vigorous scrubbing that may damage the fibres.

Follow the directions of your rug shampoo as to how long to leave the solution soaking.

TOP TIP: This may get messy, so dress accordingly. If you have a large rug, grabbing someone else to help will also make this easier as it can be quite tough on the arms.

Rinse it off

Once ready get the hose or buckets of clean water again and rinse the shampoo out of the rug. This may take a few goes, but make sure no residue is left behind and the rug has been rinsed clean (a good way to know the solution is all gone, is when the water runs off clean and bubble-free).

Dry it completely

Try ring as much water out of the rug as possible (again, if it is a large rug you will need more than one person to help do this). Then hang it on your support system to dry completely – this may take a day or more so make sure it is hung somewhere dry. If it isn’t going to be raining outside in the fresh air would be ideal, otherwise in a laundry or garage will also work.

Don’t take the rug inside until it is COMPLETELY dry – it won’t feel wet, even when you squeeze it hard, and it may even seem a little stiff.

Vacuum one last time.

Once its dry you can bring it inside. Lay it out and give it one last vacuum to restore the fibres to a nice, soft finish. You may like to use a soft bristle brush if the rug is looking a bit flat or ruffled from the wash.

This is certainly not a small task, but one that certainly makes a huge difference to the cleanliness of your house, as well as ensuring your air is clean and germs aren’t lurking and making you or your family sick.

One of pale carpets biggest enemies… red wine.

Spills happen no matter how careful you’re being. Don’t panic if you’ve spilt a little (or a lot) of red wine onto your clean carpets, we’ve got some great home remedies for you to try before having to call in a professional.

TOP TIP: Act fast
Most importantly when a spill happens is get on to cleaning it ASAP. Once the liquid dries and “sets” into your carpet’s fibres, it becomes much harder to get it out on your own.

TOP 3 WAYS TO GET RED WINE OUT OF CARPET:

Soda Water / Club Soda:

  • Blot (DON’T rub) the stain as well as you can with a clean, dry cloth. Try to soak up as much of the liquid as possible
  • Pour some soda water over the stain (enough to soak into the fibres)
  • Blot again with a CLEAN dry cloth
  • Pour more soda water on it
  • Blog again (and repeat until the stain is gone)

White Wine:

This may sound crazy but believe it or not, white wine has the enzyme that can neutralize a red wine stain

  1. Soak up excess liquid with a clean dry cloth
  2. Pour some white wine onto the stain
  3. Now using a clean damp cloth blot the stained area.
  4. After most of the stain is gone you can use a mild detergent and a damp cloth to clean the area, again dabbing NOT rubbing or scrubbing
  • White Vinegar & Detergent:
  1. DIY stain solution by mixing 1/3 Cup of white vinegar with 2/3 Cup of water.
  2. Pour vinegar solution on the stain and blot with a clean cloth.
  3. When the stain is lighter, use mild dish washing detergent to blot the remaining stain.
  4. Rinse the soap by spraying some water on the soaped carpet and blot using a dry clean cloth.

TOP TIP: After the stain is gone, blow dry the wet area with cool air

If you’re a bit late and the stain has already dried, don’t panic. Get in touch with us and we can asses the damage and provide advice. More often than not our special stain-removing solution can remove even the toughest of stains.

If you have any further questions about carpet cleaning check out Dunedin Carpet Cleaning by clicking on the link below, for all your carpet cleaning needs.

LET US HELP!

Does going the extra mile seem like a whole lot of extra time and energy… more than you want to give to cleaning your house? Let us help!

At Dunedin House Cleaners, our staff take pride in our work and always stress the little stuff. We not only clean the large surfaces and obvious areas, our team can get right into the tricky spaces, so your home looks and feels squeaky clean and germ free!

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