Stains on carpets or rugs have always been a homeowner’s worst enemies. Many DIY cleaning blogs aim to test out cleaning hacks to get rid of the most stubborn stains. Cleaning rugs is a massive, time-consuming chore with the risk of it not working. Fear not, you just haven’t found the right technique yet.
We’ve rounded up 5 essential cleaning hacks that will save your rugs, leaving them good as new.
1. Remove Stains with an Iron
An easy way to do get your rug looking stain-free again is by using your good old iron. First, you need to vacuum the stain to remove any hard particles, then apply a mixture of one part vinegar and three parts water onto the stain and leave for 5 minutes. Then, place a slightly damp towel on the stain and apply a heated iron. The pressure of the heat will cause the stain to be absorbed by the towel, leaving your rug good as new.
2. Give it a Full Wash
Depending on the type, there are many ways to clean your rug for so it can return to its former glory. If you have a heavy textile rug, it’s best to look up modern or oriental rug cleaning hacks to help it preserve its color and texture. But with antique rugs, hand washing is the most preferred method; vacuum first by raising the brush levels and vacuum in the direction of the pile to avoid removing any fibers. Use warm water on old stains and leave for a while. Choose a sunny day to clean your rug, bring it outside or at any open space, hose it down and brush it softly with delicate detergent. Don’t use ammonia-based solutions or rough brushes; wash it as if you’re washing your hair or a delicate piece of clothing. Rinse it off, and let it dry completely in the open air under direct sunlight.
3. Make Your Own Deep Cleaning Solutions
Deep cleaning your rugs will allow you to get rid of allergens and dust mites; however, you don’t need to stock up on heavy-duty cleaning supplies because they’re overpowered with harmful chemicals. If you lead an environment-friendly life, then steer clear of them and make your own at home with non-toxic ingredients. Use a ¾ cup of Hydrogen Peroxide, 5 drops of essential oils, ¼ cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of fabric softener, 2 tablespoons of dish soap, and a gallon of hot water. You can add this formula to your rug cleaning machine and it will do the trick even better than harmful cleaning solutions.
4. Learn Some Fluffing Techniques
If your rug is in an area that has ongoing movement, then you might notice that it started to look worn-out and flattened with dents all over. Before you decide to throw it out, there are techniques to give it back its natural fluff. Start off by spraying a mixture of equal parts of vinegar and water on the affected area. Once you find that your rug has absorbed it, grab a spoon and run it sideways along the rug to loosen the fibers, restoring it to its original texture. Another way to fluff up your rug is by applying ice cubes on the affected area; leave it to melt and then blot it down with a towel and go over it with an iron. Once the fibers are dry, you can fluff the texture back with your hands.
5. Cleaning Hacks with Everyday Items
There are random household items that, surprisingly, have secretive cleaning powers. Baking soda, for instance, should be your best friend when it comes to cleaning and should be a household staple. It can be used on any type of stain but it’s perfect for oily or greasy ones. Apply a generous amount of baking soda on the affected area and leave it to absorb the stain until it becomes a dry crust. Vacuum it up and then dab at the remaining stain with hot water and soap. It can also mask pet urine accidents by absorbing the smell and will make cleaning the stain easier. Shaving cream, on the other hand, is great for dirt or food stains. You can also use a lint roller on shaggy rugs to remove hidden crumbs or dirt particles.
Cleaning out a rug might seem like a daunting chore, but with the right cleaning methods, you’ll be a master at rug cleaning. Learn your rug’s type, check out which method can be used best for what type of stain and get cleaning!