Coffee stain on the carpet, red wine stain or a drop of blood? Has this ever happened to you? What about pets, and small children? Well, yes, carpet can take a lot of damage over the years.
But is there a way to extend its lifespan? We tell you everything! Read on to find useful tips and tricks that will allow you to clean a carpet thoroughly, without having to call in the professionals.
How often should the carpet be cleaned?
Dirt and germs can sink deep into the pile of the rug, and can even become a haven for dust mites – a real nuisance for allergy sufferers.
That is why it is very important to keep it clean and neat. Against this background, it is necessary to vacuum at least once a week and to carry out deep cleaning at least twice a year. Know the complete details in the following paragraphs.
Clean a jute rug
Jute rugs are stylish, durable and made from natural materials. But one of their best benefits is that they’re easy to clean, because dirt doesn’t cling to the tough jute fibers – it collects on the weave.
As jute is a natural and degradable material, the first thing to remember is to avoid water (or any other liquid) in large quantities. So here’s how:
- If you spill anything on your jute rug, clean it up immediately before it dries. Dab it with a clean towel working from the outside of the stain inward to avoid spreading it. Remember that by rubbing you risk damaging it. So be careful.
- For solid spills, scrape them off with a dull knife or nail file, then blot the area with a slightly damp cloth.
- To treat red wine and tomato sauce stains, dab the carpet with a white cloth soaked in club soda to neutralize the spill and remove any stains. After the cleaning process, the carpet should be dried immediately either in a natural way or with the help of a hair dryer.
- If the stain is difficult to remove, try cleaning it with a cloth dampened with mild soap. The amount of water used for this process should be kept minimum.
Clean a long pile carpet
Do you have a faux fur rug or a shag rug? Unlike jute rugs, these can pose big problems when it comes to cleaning. Yes, they are very trendy and create an exceptional atmosphere, but to keep their shine, you must know how to maintain it. Here are Grandma’s tips:
- Take the mat outside. Hang it up and beat it hard enough to loosen trapped dirt, dust and debris, using the side of a broom or the handle of a mop.
Leave the mat in direct sunlight for a few hours. This is the easiest way to disinfect the carpet, thanks to the UV rays of the sun. They help kill bacteria and mites that often grow in soft items.
- Vacuum both sides of the shag rug.
- Mix a few drops of dish washing liquid in hot water. Dip a soft bristle brush or microfiber towel into the solution and gently scrub the carpet. At the end, dip a clean towel in lukewarm water to rinse the area and blot the mat with a dry towel.
Clean a wool rug
Wool is a natural and durable material that can withstand years of use. However, even the high quality carpet requires good maintenance. So here’s how to do it:
- If possible, vacuum the carpet once every two weeks, paying particular attention to the edges, as this is where the fabric is most fragile.
- For a thorough clean, avoid harsh chemicals and instead use a mild solution made by mixing equal parts vinegar and water. Spray the liquid on the carpet, then dab it with a paper towel or clean cloth.
How to clean a very dirty carpet?
How to clean the carpet? We often wonder, but until we find the right method and the right time, it usually becomes very dirty and difficult to clean. If you are also facing this problem, here is a powerful and cheap mixture that will help you deal with this problem:
Mix equal parts salt, borax and vinegar to make a paste. Then apply it to deep stains or heavily soiled sections of the carpet. Let the paste sit on the carpet for several hours until it dries completely. Then, vacuum. If you’ve got very expensive carpets or dirt that won’t shift, it might be time to call in the professionally trained carpet cleaners in your area.