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Cleaning Spots and Stains on Rugs

Aug 17, 2007
Spots on rugs and carpets are damaging the look of them. Some spots are difficult to be cleaned. In this article you will get some ideas on how to removing the spots and stains on the rugs.

Small rugs perhaps easily to be clean, as they are easier to be washed. But there are things that you need to put attention while you wash them.

SPOTS AND STAINS ON RUGS should be given prompt attention because they are easier to remove when they are fresh. Sponging with plain cool or lukewarm water will often do the job. Always use clean water and a white or colorfast cloth, without starch. Blot up spilled fluids immediately with paper kitchen towels, which are highly absorbent. In treating a stain always begin at the outer edge and work toward the center; this avoids spreading it. Wipe or pat the rug lightly; hard rubbing or brushing might disturb the pile. Special cleaning solutions recommended for particular stains should be applied to them directly with a medicine dropper

Some spots set within a few hours and are then difficult, if not impossible, to remove. If a stain has set, the only method of dealing with it may be reweaving. You should give all stains prompt attention.

FOR FOODS SPILLED ON RUGS and for all stains of unknown composition, first remove any solid portions with a dull knife or spatula, then blot up all the liquid possible with a paper towel or a slightly dampened cloth. Sponge the spot with a cloth wrung out of clear water. If a stain remains after the water has dried completely, sponge it again with a solution made by adding a teaspoon of detergent to a cup of water. Rinse by sponging with a cloth dampened with clear water. Raise the rug if you can so that it will dry quickly. An electric fan, or a stream of air from your vacuum cleaner or hair dryer will help. Any trace remaining after this treatment is probably grease; wait until the spot is dry then sponge it carefully with cleaning fluid.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REMOVING SPECIFIC STAINS such as ink, iodine, etc. from rugs, are included in the chapter Spots and Stains. Consult the index to locate the stain and follow carefully the special directions given, after reviewing the general instructions in this chapter.

SMALL COTTON RUGS, even those with latex backing, can be washed safely by home methods in tub or automatic washer. Use warm water and a mild soap with a softener, or a detergent. Rinse the rugs thoroughly in generous amounts of water and drip dry them on the line in the shade. Do not wring, rub, or twist them if you do them by hand. Shake fluffy chenille rugs lightly as they dry and give them a good fluffing up when they are completely dry. Round and oval rugs are often dried flat, to preserve their shape, on the lawn or on newspapers. If you send cotton rugs to your laundry be sure to mark them for special attention, or they may be faded by strong soaps and bleaches.

GRASS, FIBER, AND SISAL RUGS often used as summer floor coverings are easy to keep clean with broom, brush, or vacuum cleaner. Turn diem over occasionally and brush the other side. Dirt sifts. through these rugs to the floor, so roll them up now and then and clean the floor underneath. An occasional dampening with a moist cloth is beneficial, but be careful not to get a fiber rug too wet or to rub it hard when removing a spot. Any kind of mechanical action damages a fiber rug and the damage is worse if it is wet. If they are badly soiled, use your roller brush type cleaning equipment

Clean the spots and stains on rugs when they are fresh with water. Use some recommended cleaning solutions if required. For foods spilled can also be cleaned with water. Use the mild soap with a softener when you wash the small cotton rugs. Shake fluffy rugs lightly to give a good fluffing when they are dry. Grass, fiber and sisal rugs can be easily cleaned with brush, broom or vacuum cleaner.
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