Posted on October 29 2020
Choosing the right rug that is stunning and aesthetically pleasing can be a simple process and quickly become the centrepiece of your home. Over time however, you need to maintain and take care of your rug. For rugs placed in high traffic areas, over the years they can be stained from dirt brought in by your shoes, or simply through food or drink spillages. This can often lead to a less than appealing visual and sometimes even an odor.
Therefore, maintaining your rug on a regular basis is extremely important, and is well worth the time invested. A well maintained rug will last for years longer than others that are poorly looked after. ‘How can I clean my rug’, I hear you asking? Well, no need to worry, we’re here to help make this process as simple as possible.
Check out our professional rug cleaning services, if you're thinking ‘Where can I take my rug to be cleaned’. But more on that later.
The first thing you’ll need to understand is what material your rug is made from. Different materials / fabrics require different care. While you can easily throw your clothes or cloths in the washing machine and let them air dry, the same can’t be said for your rugs.
The good old baking soda as a rug cleaner
If you’re unsure of your rug material, this is your safest bet. Baking soda can be used as a great natural rug cleaner, which is also super easy to use. Simply scatter the baking soda over the stain and the surrounding areas of your rug. At this point, if you feel that the stain is well covered, then let it sit for 30 minutes.
If not, then you can push the baking soda into the rug fibres with a brush or something similar. After 30 minutes has passed, thoroughly vacuum your rug. The great thing about baking soda is that not only does it remove stains, but it also helps as a natural pest control too.
Vinegar and lemon juice against smelly rugs
If you’ve had your rug for a while and it’s starting to get a slight smell, then there’s a simple solution. Musty odours can easily be removed with some ingredients from your pantry. Dilute some white vinegar with water (1 parts vinegar to 2 parts water) and add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Rub the liquid into the fibres of your rug thoroughly with a soft brush and let it sit for a few minutes. Not only will this eliminate those unpleasant odours, but it will also rejuvenate the colours of your rug back to their former glory.
How to set your atmosphere with rug
Once you’ve cleaned your rug, you may also want to add a pleasant scent throughout your home. After removing your stains and giving a decent vacuum, you can lightly spray the following mixture into your rug and it will be the source of a pleasant aroma throughout your house for a short period. This can be used perfectly for when you are entertaining or wanting to create a cozy atmosphere.
Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil (our recommendation is tea tree oil) and a squeeze of lemon juice to 250ml of water in a spray bottle and lightly spray over your rug.
Shaggy rugs? Clean it only with professional carpet cleaner.
Some rug styles are easier to clean than others. Unfortunately for shaggy rugs, while they are amazing for many reasons, they do need to be maintained well. If you spill something on your shaggy rug and are afraid of it staining, the key to to not let the stain dry. Use the natural ingredients listed previously, or a carpet cleaner with a soft cloth and start cleaning straight away.
Professional Rug Cleaning Services
If you’ve had your rug for a few years or have tried the methods above and can’t quite restore the colours back to their original, then it can be well worth looking into a professional rug cleaning service. We offer rug cleaning with free pickup and delivery Sydney wide. You’d be amazed and how well a decent rug clean can bring your rug back to life, the colours will be that much more vivid, while the rug will feel soft and as good as new. Get in touch if you’re looking to rejuvenate your rug.