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How to clean different types of rugs

When decorating your home, it’s quite possible that you might choose to include rugs in the overall styling. After all, rugs have plenty of advantages: their color, texture and design can complement your walls, floors, furniture and other elements of design you’ve chosen quite nicely; they provide warmth and insulation against the cold; they prevent slipping on the floor; they help muffle unwanted noises and sounds; and so on. However, their main disadvantage is that they’re difficult to clean. Or so you might think… is that even true?

It turns out that rugs aren’t that difficult to clean at it at all – you just have to know how to clean them, and a lot of it depends on their type. Cleaning a wool rug is different than cleaning a sheepskin rug; cleaning an area rug is different than cleaning a bathroom rug. So if you’ve always wanted to know how to clean polypropylene rugs, for example – the following tips might help!

 

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How to clean oriental rugs

Oriental rugs are often antique, or at least quite old, so they require special care. When vacuuming oriental rugs, it is advisable to place a nylon screen over them and vacuum over the screen. In addition, it is recommended to have rug cleaning NYC by professional carpet cleaners once a year, at least.

How to clean sheepskin rugs

Cleaning sheepskin rugs work best in combination with talcum powder. Whenever you wish to clean the rug, sprinkle some talcum powder on it and leave it overnight. In the morning sweep the powder and shake it out from the rug. This should be repeated several times.

How to clean Berber rugs

Berber rugs are pretty easy to clean as they have big loops that don’t trap as much dust as other rugs. They should be vacuumed once or twice a week. Once or twice a year, get them cleaned at a professional carpet cleaning company.

How to clean sisal rugs

Sisal rugs should be vacuumed often (both sides), as well as the floor underneath them; their open weave design causes dust and particles to fall through, onto the floor. Stains can be scrubbed with a soft brush dipped in a mixture of water and rug shampoo.

How to clean area rugs

Area rugs should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Sweep them regularly with a stiff brush or broom, and occasionally give them a deep cleaning by using a rug shampoo and scrubbing them. After they dry, vacuum them as well.

How to clean a wool rug

To keep a wool rug clean, there are several things you should do. Take care to vacuum it twice a month, as it tends to accumulate lots of dust – and don’t forget to vacuum both sides of the rug. But vacuuming isn’t enough – you should also shake out your rug at least once a week and leave it outside for a few hours.

How to clean jute rugs

To keep jute rugs nice and clean, we advise to vacuum them regularly, with a powerful vacuum, taking care to go over each area several times and from different directions. To clean them more thoroughly, take them to a carpet cleaning company for dry cleaning (steam cleaning or wet shampoo should not be used on jute rugs).

How to clean polypropylene rugs

Like other types of rugs, polypropylene rugs should also be vacuumed regularly. But for more rigorous cleaning, special measures need to be taken. After the carpet has been vacuumed, take it outside and place it on a hard surface. Hose it down with water, then pour rug soap onto it or spray it with a rug spray. Scrub the rug vigorously, and then wash away all the remains of the soap/spray. Leave it outside until it’s completely dry.

Cleaning your rug isn’t so difficult after all

So now that you know how to clean your rug, just purchase the right products and equipment and start cleaning away. You’ll love how fresh and bright your rugs will look afterwards!

 

Dusting – The Missing Step

Area rug cleaning is not a job for everyone. Sure, many companies say they can do it and promise great results, but the right knowledge of rug care is only acquired with a lot of hard work, years of dealing with all types of rugs imaginable and perfecting the rug cleaning process to the letter.
Dusting is a crucial part of the that process, and one that is often overlooked. This could harm your rug and even might shorten it’s life span.

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How they use to do it…

The Process and How Dusting comes in

Our rug cleaning process is methodical, but has room for specific changes, so each rug gets the proper care it needs and deserves.

It follows like so:

  1. Inspection: inspecting the rug thoroughly
  2. Dusting: Taking the dust out of the rug (more on that right away)
  3. Cleaning: The actual cleaning of the rug
  4. Drying: Drying up the rug in our climate controlled space
  5. Touch ups: going over the rug once again making sure all is is good
  6. Delivery: Delivering the rug right to your door step and beyond, if needed

You can read about our detailed rug process here.

So Why Dusting it is so Important?

After inspecting the rug and finding out what it needs exactly and before we wet it for the actual cleaning, we need to dust it, which means getting all hidden dust – and there is a lot of it as you can see in the video – out. If we don’t do that, the dust will get wet and settle deeper between the fibers,  stick to the back of the rug, weakening the structure, making it tear easier and shortening the rug’s life.

How Dusting Works

Simply, we lay out the rug on a mat, and using a specialized dusting machine, we go over it until all dust particles go to the surface of the rug, where we can easily vacuum it and go on with our cleaning process.

Whenever you clean your rug, make sure dusting is included  – your rug should be truly cared for, not just by you but by your cleaning company.

Decorating Your House With Area Rugs

There are many ways to prepare your home for the winter. We trade in tank tops for sweaters, and brink out warmer blankets, but what about the floor? No one wants to wake up in the morning and have their feet frozen! Keep your feet cozy and warm this winter with an area rug.

Area Rugs | Flat Rate Carpet BlogArea rugs range in variety from extravagant, antique oriental rugs, to simple and inexpensive. Adding an area rug into your home for the winter will make any room warm and cozy. Area rugs also add color to an otherwise plain room, and complete the look of a room.

Fine and oriental rugs are not only cozy additions, but are often so beautiful that they become the centerpiece of the room. In the colder months area rugs also help to insulate a room, keeping it warm and cozy for guests and residents.

Most of the time we see rugs displayed in the living room, but they make wonderful additions to other rooms as well. Often kitchen floors are tile, which is easy to clean but it very cold in the fall and winter. If your home is free of messy eaters a fine rug in the kitchen is pleasing to the eye and the foot.

Microfiber area rugs are now readily available. These soft, mat like rugs are easily washed in the machine at home, and are perfect for the kitchen. Get a few, smaller, microfiber rugs for areas of the kitchen where you prepare food and see what an amazing difference it makes. If you spill something on the rug just pop it in the wash!

Simpler, inexpensive rugs make lovely additions to kid’s rooms or playrooms. They are easier to clean than carpeting because they can be taken away and thoroughly cleaned by professional cleaners. Even if you have carpeting in the house, it’s a good idea to get an inexpensive area rug to protect the permanent carpeting from crayons, markers, playdough and other non carpet friendly toys.

Warm up your home with a lovely, winter area rug.

Is Your Rug Antique?

Antique  Rugs | Flat Rate Carpet BlogArea rugs fall into many different categories, most of which refer to where the rug was woven. A Persian rug comes from Iran, whereas an Oriental rug categorizes any rug from the East. No matter where in the world your rug was made, antique rugs are a special category.

Antique rugs are area rugs that were woven at least 80 years ago, and rugs woven at least 50 years ago are labeled as semi-antique. Most antiques are woven before the year 1925, when synthetic dyes were introduced into the rug industry. Synthetic dyes lack the richness and uniqueness of natural dyes, and are considered to be lower quality.

Antiques are hand woven, with all natural dyes, but that’s not all that makes them antique. Antique rugs aren’t just old, but they also have to fit into an undefined category of quality. The rug must be well preserved, and well designed.

If you think your area rug might be an antique, it’s worth taking it to get appraised. Antique rugs are very valuable, and must be cared for properly.

Quick House Cleaning Strategies

Having a few friends over? With these simple strategies you can finish your house cleaning quickly, and even have some fun.

Start off by keeping all your supplies close at hand. Fill a box or bucket with all your cleaning supplies, and bring it with you to cut down on unnecessary trips and distractions. Keep a damp rag in one pocket and a dry one in another for convenient touch ups.

Cold weather, busy days and fattening holiday meals make it hard to manage your weight. House cleaning is a great way to get in some old fashioned aerobic exercise while checking things off the to do list. Start by setting the mood with some fast paced music. Keep your heart rate up by dancing while dusting, and move fast. Keeping up a fast pace while you’re cleaning will not only burn calories but will save time as well.

Finally, get some incentive other than a clean house. Go and get a manicure when you’re finished, that way you don’t have to worry about ruining your nails, and you’ll give yourself a much needed break after all that hard work.