Love Your Rug: A Care Guide
May 4, 2015
So, you’ve just bought one of our rugs. It’s bright and fresh and clean and new and you’re totally (weirdly?) in love with it. You’d also like things to stay that way.
We understand. We also know that a good rug relationship is all about care. So if you love your rug and want to keep those good vibes going, then here are some tips.
The easiest way to keep rugs clean is to… *drum roll*… not get them dirty in the first place.
Yeah, maybe it sounds impossible, especially if you’re a parent, a cat lover, or a human being who actually leaves the house. But even by doing something small, like leaving your shoes by the front door, you’ll start cutting back on dirt and grass.
It might seem a bit precious, but it’s a great habit. Another good habit is to turn the rug every now and then. It’s really easy and it’ll stop the rug wearing down in one spot.
Don’t rub it in! Rubbing and scrubbing at a stain on a rug is a super great way to push it much further down into the fibres. And then your rug stain will live forever.
If you spill something, your best bet is to grab a super absorbent paper towel or a cloth. You’re not going to be able to wipe it away, but you should be able to soak it up.
By the way, speed is of the essence here, so don’t do it “when House of Cards is finished”. Do it right now.
Be very careful using any chemicals, sprays or shampoos. It’s easy to confuse carpet cleaner with rug cleaner (chances are it’s not the same thing!), so read the labels, google the brands and look at the feedback. And always make sure you rinse any soapie residue away.
You’ve probably heard about the magical powers of vinegar, so maybe this won’t come as a surprise, but believe the hype: vinegar is great.
Mix a little vinegar and water in a spray bottle and then squirt it over the stained area. Leave it for a few minutes, get your cloth, and then blot, blot, blot, blot, blot.
It’s great for getting rid of bad smells. Although if you have an aversion to the smell of vinegar, you might want to keep an eye out for some of the citrus-scented vinegar cleaners.
If you’d prefer a dry solution for a wet spill, try salt or baking soda.
If you want to do yourself a favour, invest in a good vacuum cleaner. Crappy vacuum cleaners aren’t just frustrating and annoying, they can also be health hazards.
If your vacuum cleaner has poor suction, a dodgy filter or a full vacuum bag, all you’re doing as you push that hose around is moving dust through the house.
If you’re vacuuming with one hand and using the other to cover your nose while you sneeze, that might be a hint.
When you’re dealing with a rug that’s covered in pet hair, put that vacuum away! You’ll have much more success if you use a stiff brush to collect the hair and then chuck it all in the bin.
If the rug is small enough, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned beating to whack out some of the excess dust. Just take it outside and shake it.
If you are vacuuming, don’t forget to turn the rug over and vacuum the back. You’ll thank yourself later.