The desire to restore the neglected area rug happens all too often. Completely undesired and by accident, the once adored area rug becomes unsightly from neglected maintenance. Where the buildup of soil is compacted from foot traffic and not enough vacuuming along with substance spills that were not tended to and lack of professional maintenance has turned the once vibrant rug is nothing what you want it to be. To help you give the area rug some TLC, we at Mr Madison Carpet Cleaning & Upholstery Specialists would like to offer some suggestions to restore your rug back to its fresh, clean, and vibrant state.
How to Restore Oriental & Other Area Rugs
1) Vacuum Rug. Do not treat stains before vacuuming; otherwise you will have a big mess on your hands. The first step in restoring your rug is to extract the as much of the debris as possible. Vacuum thoroughly the top and then the back and repeat the top and back again.
2) Rug Cleanser Selections. After you have completed two vacuuming treatments both on front and back, read the rug’s label and apply the instructions and warnings. When selecting your cleaner, whether you opt for a DIY cleaner below, another concoction you prefer, or a premade cleaner from the department store, always perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area to make certain it is safe to use on the rug. Examples of homemade DIY rug cleaners include:
Shaving Cream – Shaving cream can remove many tough stains. Simply apply a generous amount over the top of the stains and allow it to set for about 5 minutes. With a damp cloth, wipe clean.
White Vinegar – A multi-use ingredient, white vinegar can be use on its own or in different mixtures. It can dissolve many types of stains, neutralize odors, and disinfect germs, among other abilities. It also has the capability to lighten dye, so use with caution. Recommended uses: For severe stains use white vinegar concentrated or enhance it with a squirt of mild liquid dish soap. Moderate stains should be equal parts water and vinegar, and mild stains can be one part vinegar three parts water. Diluting it will help avoid undesired lightening effects.
Mild Dish Soap – Combine two tsp liquid dish soap with two cups water in a squirt bottle to make a generalized cleaner for most stains. Liquid dish soap can cut through most stains and loosen any compacted soil deep in the fibers. To make the solution stronger add white vinegar. Never use too much cleaner or a residue can develop.
3) Rinse. Once you are satisfied the stains have been removed to the best of your ability, be sure to use a damp cloth to blot out the preferred solution. You can also use a squirt bottle of pure water and a barely damp cloth to do the rinsing as well. Do not over saturate however or mold and mildew can develop.
4) Dry. Use a clean, dry towel, weighted down if the stains were excessive to absorb the moisture. If the weather permits, open the windows and flip on the fans if applicable to expedite the drying process.
5) Vacuum. After the rug has been completely dried, vacuum the surface again.
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If your rugs are still not up to your expectations, call in the experts of Mr Madison Carpet Cleaning & Upholstery Specialists and let our professionals revitalize your area rug.