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Tips on Painting Rugs and Hooked Rugs

Aug 17, 2007
There are times that we feel that the color of the rugs has become faded. We can make them up by painting the surface of the rugs. Here are some ideas paint the rugs. It is difficult decision to buy fur rugs, as we are worry on how to clean them or will it damaging the fur while cleaning them. Well, you can start thinking on buying one now, as you will find the solution in this article.

PAINTING FIBER RUGS with worn or faded patterns can make them look almost new. Use awning, or canvas dye, paint; this is a hardwearing waterproof paint that penetrates the fibers and dries to a flat finish. Also available is a special paint made for such rugs. Put plenty of newspapers under the rug so that you will not stain the floor underneath and apply the paint with a stiff brush. Cover a small area at a time, being careful to get the paint into all the crevices. Paint both sides if you wish, but be sure the first coat is thoroughly dry before you turn the rug over.

MATTING can be swept with a soft brush or cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. It is important to roll it up for a weekly cleaning of the floor underneath because dirt goes through it with the greatest of ease. Wipe it occasionally with a cloth dampened with plain water or water containing a couple of teaspoons of ammonia. But don't get it too wet or it will develop odors.

HOOKED RUGS AND NUMDAH RUGS can be cleaned with a carpet sweeper. We have already warned against the damage that can be done to a small rug by shaking it vigorously outdoors to rid it of dust. Such techniques are especially damaging to hooked rugs and Numdah rugs from India. The burlap backing of hooked rugs is easily broken. You can snip the sprouting ends of closely hooked rugs with scissors, but never pull on them or you'll be sorry. Numdah rags are made of matted goat's hair and come apart under rough treatment. They cannot be washed; have them dry cleaned.

FUR RUGS are also in a special category, and the method used to clean them depends upon the backing. If the backing is wool, they can be cleaned with cornmeal that acts as an absorbent. Sprinkle the cornmeal generously into the fur, then brush it out. Several applications of fresh meal, followed by careful brushing, may be necessary to get the rug really clean. For rugs that are mounted in any other way, or unmounted, wipe the fur with a cloth wrung out of suds made with pure white soap flakes or a mild detergent, being careful not to get the backing, or pelt, wet. Rinse several times with a cloth wrung out of clear lukewarm water. Add a little bluing to the last water if the fur is white.

PILE RUGS made of rayon, nylon, and other synthetic fibers, either alone or mixed with wool, are cared for by the methods given for wool pile rugs.

PADS UNDERNEATH RUGS make them pleasantly springy and prolong their life. They are usually made of fibers such as jute and do not have to be mothproofed in this case. Rubber sheeting underlays, used as an accident precaution under small scatter rugs, lose some of their ability to hug the floor through picking up wax and soil. They need to be washed now and then to restore them. Use warm water and mild soap flakes or detergents; rinse and dry.

UNDERLAYS OF PRESSED FIBERS require gentle handling but they are so open and porous that the dirt sifts through them to the floor. So roll the pad up now and then and clean underneath it. If you feel that you must do more than that, run your vacuum cleaner over it, using the floor brush attachment, not the rug cleaner. Manipulate it with long slow strokes, avoiding undue pressure.

LATEX RUBBER BACKED PADS can be wiped with damp clothes but be sure the pad is perfectly dry before replacing it.

From this article we learned that we can use hardwearing waterproof paint to paint the rugs and use the stiff brush for applying. Matting can be clean with soft brush of vacuum cleaner while Hooked rugs or numdah rugs can easily be cleaned using carpet weeper. Clean the fur rugs by sprinkle the cornmeal into the fur, then brush it out. Use warm water and mild soaps or detergents to clean the pads underneath rugs.
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