Nothing compares a rug in terms of colour, shape, design, and convenience. If you want to stay in the home for several years or sell it, it is important to keep your rugs in good shape. The most important thing you will do to extend the life and appearance of your carpet is to keep it clean on a regular basis.
With these carpet cleaning techniques and guides, you can extend the life and beauty of your rugs.
Rug Cleaning Frequency
While many of today’s area rugs are stain-resistant, the rug should be washed every 12-18 months to prevent dirt and residue. Intend to vacuum the rugs twice or three times a year whether you have light-colored carpets and/or children and pets. If the carpet is matted, gummy, deeply soiled, or discolored, a thorough cleaning is often needed.
It is critical to choose the best rug cleaning service or equipment because certain cleaning materials will leave a residue that promotes dirt. Between cleanings, regular vacuuming and quick response to stains will keep the rug looking its best. Check with the seller for warranty and maintenance details before washing your rugs or hiring a professional cleaning service to do it for you.
Types of Rug Cleaning
Deep cleaning is intended to eliminate all residues, allergens, trapped soils, stains, and spills. Here are the two of the most common rug cleaning methods:
Most rug suppliers advocate using a hot-water extraction method, also known as steam cleaning, for a thorough cleaning. This approach operates by pouring a solvent into the rug pile and then removing the contaminated solution.
Dry Extraction Process
The dry extraction method is used by some home cleaning systems. Before vacuuming with the cleaning unit, these machines spray a dry absorbent compound over the rug. Dry machines and additives are more expensive than steamers and wet extraction systems, despite the fact that they normally perform better than home steamers.
Rug Cleaning Tools & Supplies
As compared to hiring a pro several times a year, hiring a home cleaner will save you money in the long term. But, bear in mind that the do-it-yourself solution does not have the strong cleaning efficiency of advanced cleaning equipment. To deodorize and sanitize the carpets, you can also rent a carpet cleaning machine from a nearby home improvement center or grocery store.
Most rental facilities provide both half-day and full-day rentals. You will also be in charge of buying cleaning products. Rental devices will easily become expensive at about $20 a day, plus the expense of cleaning solutions (pre-spray, shampoo, defoamer, odor removers, etc.).
To clean rugs at home, you will need:
- Rubber gloves
- Carpet shampoo
- Pre-spray (to treat heavy-traffic areas before steaming)
- Steamer (rented or purchased with necessary accessories: brushes, hoses, shampoo tank)
Before you begin, thoroughly vacuum the carpets and read both manufacturer and machine manuals. Test the rug cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area, such as a wardrobe. If you use hot water extraction, open the windows or switch on a fan to speed up the drying process.
To avoid mold and mildew formation, make sure the carpet dries within 24 hours of cleaning.
If you’re dealing with a stain, choose a treatment technique that fits better with the stain and your carpet style.