People will always want to avoid doing rug cleaning. This task is very tiring and very time consuming. For people who have the means to do so, they often hire a professional carpet cleaner to do the work for them. Still if you are short on funds then you will probably have no choice but to do the carpet cleaning yourself.
Before you even begin rug cleaning, you should determine first if your rug is indeed dirty and how dirty it is. This way you will know how much work needs to be done or if you can do it on your own. There is a very simple way with which you can do this. Get on your knees and rub the rug strongly with your hands for about ten seconds. If your hand is dirty after doing that then you would need to have the rug cleaned. If that process is “too dirty” for you, then you can just choose any corner of the rug and then give it a kick. If you observe dirt flying out then you need to have it cleaned.
Once you have decided that it needs cleaning then bring it outside especially in a large open area. Best case scenario is that it just needs simple vacuuming. If so, then be sure to vacuum the two sides of your rug. If you think it is still dirty, then you will have to wash it. A gentle reminder, carpet cleaning is not as simple as washing your clothes.
Prior to actually washing it, be sure to test it first for a color run. Wet a small portion to determine if the color of the rug will seep to the other areas. If this happens, stop what you are doing and have it done by a professional carpet cleaner.
If not, then mix rug shampoo with water. If you don’t have any rug shampoo then you can use liquid soap but use the type that does not contain strong chemicals. With a soft brush or a sponge, rub the rug in the same direction as the nap. Do not rub it too roughly as it may damage the rug. After you’re done doing this, do the same for the edges. You then rinse the rug to remove the shampoo or soap by using running water. A good way to do this would be to hang the rug and then wash it through a water hose. Once this is finished be sure to squeeze out all the excess water. After that you can either hang it out to dry or put it on a flat surface to dry. If the exposed part is already dry, do not forget to turn it over in order to dry the opposite side as well. Ensuring that the rug is dry is vital since a damp rug may lead to growth of bacteria, which can affect your health. Once it is fully dry, vacuum it again.
There you have it, a simple way to clean your rugs. If of course you are still unsure of what to do, don’t hesitate to seek professional advice from a carpet cleaner. Curtice Chem Dry is one of the reputable rug and carpet cleaning companies to consider in California