Rugs and Carpets give an aesthetic appeal to your interiors. However, its freshness and newness can quickly fade away. Worry not, bring back the exquisiteness of the rugs with these easy and simple maintenance tips.
1. Vacuum the Bad
Vacuum the bad and accept the good! It is important to dust your carpets for 3 to 5 times a week. Get off your lazy bum sometimes and your carpets won’t be seeing dust for a long time.
2. Clean the Stains
Always remember; the longer you leave a stain, the tougher it gets. So take a napkin and blot that water spill. Have more stains to deal with?
Hundreds of household things like soda, vinegar, water solution, and other cleaning products will come handy for unfortunate circumstances with your carpet.
- Light stains on the carpet can be removed by adding two table spoons of salt to 1/2 a cup of white vinegar and gently patting the stain, then rinsing it out.
- Your morning tea and coffee stains can be removed by pouring beer on the stain and gently rubbing it.
- Juice stains can be removed by dabbing shaving cream on the spot and wiping clean with a damp sponge. The same can be used for grease and oil stains.
- Mixing milk with cornstarch – the paste to destroy your nasty ink spill.
- Having a drunken night in the living room, sipping red wine and splat! There goes your beautiful carpet, covered in the blotchy stains of your fun night. Pour some white wine over the stain, wipe with a damp sponge and sprinkle salt on the stain. Let it sit for 10 minutes and vacuum the gritty goodness off.
- Don’t ask how, but at some point you may end up with vomit or urine on your carpet. Don’t fret, just sprinkle baking soda over the area after wiping it and cover it with a paper towel. Vacuum it off once it dries and you’re good!
- Pour your leftover club soda to get rid of pet urine, tea or coffee stains on your carpet. Pour over liberally and then blot it dry!
- Mom told you not to chew gum with your mouth open, but you did and now its stuck on your pretty carpet. It’s cool, you just need an ice cube to rub over it and boom, the gum – and the ghum – from your carpet is gone.
3. Rotate Regularly
Try to rotate your rugs periodically. Ideally, the professionals would advise you to do so every one or two months. It helps your rugs to maintain both, appearance and value. You may also play the trick of padding beneath your rugs. It really works! Padding helps to enhance the value, makes them safer, and increases the comfort of walking on them.
4. Rub the Rug
Rub the rug by wiping it down with a cloth or sponge dipped in cold water. Rubbing and sponging removes the dust settled on the surface and retains the fibers, making it look cleaner and fresh. Professional washing and sponging helps to extend the life of your carpets and rugs.
5. Dry It Out
Moisture is the biggest enemy of carpets. Drying the carpets and rugs outside the house for a few hours every few months is a wise idea.
6. Don’t Pressurize It
Putting heavy weight furniture on your soft fluffy carpet will spoil the fabric. You may use wood blocks, aluminum foil cutouts, and plastic film under the legs or base of the furniture. By doing so, you are blocking the rust of metal casters and stains from touching your expensive carpet.