Cleaning Different Types of Rugs

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Are you wondering how to clean the sisal rug? Are you mystified about the idea of using a washing machine to clean different kinds of rugs? We have all the answers you have been looking for today.

How to Clean a Braided Rug?

Cleaning a braided rug shouldn’t be that much of a stressor if you know what to do. Many people keep their braided rugs for years because they were handmade and gifted by a family member. It makes sense to clean these regularly if you want to keep them in good condition.

Unfortunately, one of the characteristics of braided rugs is they tend to attract and ‘keep’ dirt and grime more efficiently than other kinds of rugs. This is the spacing between the fibers, which provides more space for dirt to accumulate. If you fail to clean them for some time, expect a huge volume of dirt waiting.

All the same, you don’t have to move away from using braided rugs. You have to know how to clean them properly. For starters, we recommend that you set your vacuum cleaner to low when vacuuming braided rugs. It’s possible that you can break the fibers of an older braided rug if you vacuum too hard.

Suppose you can’t remove the dirt the first time, vacuum on both sides, keeping the vacuum power low. If you happen to have an older rug older than usual, we recommend that you call a rug specialist and not do it as you can break the rug with improper handling.

What about newer rugs?

Machines often make newer braided rugs, so they are somewhat sturdier than their handmade counterparts. For best results, opt to use a dry-cleaning solvent. A dry cleaning solvent is designed to remove stains and other grime from upholstery, carpets, and rugs.  Take note that dry cleaning solvents are manufactured from petroleum components and may cause allergies. This is the safest cleaning method, however, so we still recommend it. It is also used as a stain removal chemical that professional rug cleaning people use to remove deep stains from upholstery.

If you are ready to clean your braided rug, pull it to an open-air area. The area has to be well-ventilated because the solvent is going to stink – it has a sharp and lingering smell, and the fumes have to be carried away by the air current quickly. If possible, wear a gas mask designed to protect the wearer from chemical fumes. Use a hand brush to apply the solvent in small areas. Gradually move out to a bigger section as you build up the area with the solvent. If you don’t have a brush, feel free to use a large sponge. Be sure to have a pair of hand gloves available. Never handle solvents like this with your bare hands.

Once the solvent has been applied, you can easily wipe away the dirt from the fibers’ surface. One good advantage of using an upholstery solvent is that you don’t have any risk of bleeding out the fibers; you can maintain the color of the braided rug. Always remove stains after completely flattening the rug, so it doesn’t end up puckering.

Cleaning Sisal Rugs

Knowing how to clean a sisal rug can prolong the rug’s life and prevent allergens from accumulating at home. Sisal rugs are made from natural materials and are derived from the agave plant. Fortunately, it is one of the lowest maintenance rugs around. And despite its appearance of having mostly rough-weave, it remains one of the most popular rugs of all time.

The first step is shaking your sisal rug. This is the simplest method for removing light dirt and grime. Shaking the rug will also dislodge large clods of the earth (should they be present). Make sure that you bring the rug to an area that is alright to get dirty. Hold your sisal rug with both hands and give it a big shake (backward and forward).

Wear a dust mask, so you don’t end up sneezing and coughing from shaking out the rug.

Step number two is hanging the rug and lightly beat it. Beating it will remove any leftover quantities of dirt and grime. If you don’t have a rug beater at home, you can improvise. People usually end up beating their rugs with old tennis rackets. This tool works just as well as a standard rug beater, though a rug beater will give you a better grip. Note that it is not always essential to beat a rug, but if there is some heavy grime, you don’t have a choice. The other impact of lightly beating your sisal rug will remove stuff that vacuum cleaners simply cannot.

After shaking and beating your sisal rug, you can bring it back inside for a light vacuuming. Suction-only vacuuming is recommended. We recommend vacuuming your rugs every seven days, so you won’t have to deal with a large quantity of dirt later on. Many people put off vacuuming and cleaning for months, only to discover that it’s going to be such a hassle to remove all the accumulated dirt and grime.

What can you do when there are wet stains on your rug? We recommend blotting out the stains ASAP. Spills should be cleaned immediately to avoid any lasting damage to the color or fibers of the rug. Do not rub any spills. Instead, blot out the moisture and allow the blotting material to absorb the spill.

Can You Wash Rugs in the Washing Machine?

The general answer to this is no; you can’t. Many rugs will be mangled immediately by a washing machine. Rugs often have an adhesive backing that’s not meant to be squeezed and twisted, much less washed with a machine. Always clean rugs and carpets by hand and use the appropriate devices.

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