One of the most important things to keep in mind about rug cleaning is that the surface may not always reflect the cleanliness of your rug. After all, pounds of dust particles and other contaminates may be hiding in your rug without it showing a sign. Cleaning Persian rugs improperly is more often than not, dangerous and ineffective, which is why we warn customers not to wash Persian rugs at home. Moreover, these rugs were not designed for over the counter chemical solutions, which may make your rug seem clean but damage and make things worse in the long run. Here are 5 tips on how to clean Persian rugs at home. We recommend applying these tips after getting your rug professionally deep cleaned, for maximum cleanliness. Not only will keeping your rug clean help it to look better, but it is also an important step in assuring its durability and value over time.
1. Vacuum your rug, front and back, at least once every two weeks
Vacuuming your rug at least once every two weeks is one of the simplest ways of keeping dust levels at a minimum. Remember, keeping the surface clean is not the goal, so make sure to vacuum the back as well. This will eliminate the most amount of dust within your rug. Depending on the level of traffic your rug receives, it may require vacuuming more often; however, if the rug is fragile, such as an antique or fine rug, very little to no vacuuming at all should be done on it. When vacuuming fine rugs, have a helper hold the other end so the rug doesn’t crumple and use a gentler vacuum. Also, be sure not to vacuum over the fringes, as this could damage them.
2. Stubborn stain reduction procedures
Keep in mind that stubborn stains can not generally be cleaned by simply washing them. That’s why it’s important to know what to do when your rug gets stained. Don’t grab any solution and try to wipe it away. This would only spread the stain and make it worse. Lightly dab the stain with absorbent paper towels. Do not apply any pressure. Then take a vacuum hose to create a suction cup around the stained area, without smearing it around. Keep it on there and extract as much of the stain causing agent as possible. Then take a light fan and set it up so that it blows over the stain. This will help to steam away a portion of the potential stain. This procedure helps to reduce the damage of the stain as much as possible, but if the stain is still bothering you, keep in mind that the earlier you take the rug to a professional rug cleaner, the higher the chances are that the stain will be eliminated in a professional rug cleaning process and the lower your costs will be for professional rug stain removal. Using these simple steps, you can significantly reduce the costs of restoring the rug back to its original appearance. For more information please read our article on what to do when you stain your rug.
3. Reduce traffic stains by taking your shoes off while indoors
A study at the University of Arizona concluded that your shoes hold an average of 421,000 bacteria on them. There are also various toxins on the ground that your shoes may pick up. Over time, these toxins settle into your house, especially if you have carpets or rugs, which hold these toxins the most. If you have children or pets, who are roaming around on all fours then it’s a no-brainer: take your shoes off in the house. Health dangers aside, traffic stains also accumulate from loose dust and grime particles. A simple way of significantly reducing this is by taking your shoes off, at least when you’re in rooms with any sort carpeting.
4. Don’t soak your rug in water
We have had countless amounts of customers who attempted to clean their rug in their bath tubs or in their backyard with a water hose. As a result, their rugs suffered from an immense amount of color bleeding and yellowing, and fixing that cost a lot more than a professional cleaning procedure would have. The causes of this are a lack of dye stability testing, the use of the wrong detergents, the use of warm water and most importantly, inadequate means of drying the rugs. Your only options are to drip dry and sun dry them, but dying your rugs this way will take so long that the water becomes a host for bacteria and mildew, causing a yellowing effect on the rug and leaving a musty smell. Even the finest quality rugs have lifespans, and they can only be immersed in water so many times before they start to get damaged. That’s why we recommend sending your rug to professional rug cleaners for total water immersion, as the risk of damage is far outweights the money you’d save by cleaning them at home.
5. Read your cleaning product labels
There seems to be a societal confusion about the difference between carpets and rugs. Rugs are not the same thing as carpets. Just as carpet cleaners can’t clean area rugs; although that is an entirely different conversation for a different day. Carpet is a term used to describe wall to wall carpeting that we’ve all seen many times before. Using products and machines that are made for carpets usually damages area rugs, especially Persian ones. This is especially true of harsh chemical products that are advertised for use in carpets. Your rugs have chemical or plant dyes which weren’t meant to be soaked in a mixture of household product chemicals and all Persian rugs are not made to the same standards, so another persons success with the product won’t guarantee yours. You won’t be compensated for the damage these products may do to your rug, so your best course of action is to stay away from these products altogether. Application of these detrimental products will eventually diminish the value and quality of your rugs.
If you have any questions regarding the following article, or for more information in general, contact Babash Rug Services at (818) 963-9153.
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