How to Clean A Rug
You need to know how to clean a rug properly in order to keep it hygienic and vibrant. Rug cleaning at home is popular and extends far beyond a simple vacuum and a cheap bottle of cleaning solution. There is much more to it and even those rug cleaning products from the supermarket could be doing more harm than good.
Rugs can hold a lot of dirt, grime, allergens, pathogens, and contaminants that accumulate over time and can pose dangerous health risks. This is why rugs need to be cleaned regularly and maintained properly.
Sometimes, the use of a rug steam cleaner or rug shampooer is not going to be enough and you may need to use a professional rug cleaning service in Sydney to give you a high-quality clean.
The cost for rug cleaning can vary depending on the size and type of your rug but be sure to get a quote and chat with friendly staff to arrange a booking. We operate every day and will come to you anywhere in the Sydney metropolitan area. Our rug cleaners will be happy to perform our service and make your rug fresh and hygienic.
How to Clean A Rug Yourself
It is possible to clean a rug at home yourself, but you need to be cautious with how you clean it and what you clean it with. Certain types of rugs also respond differently to cleaning solutions and methods such as Persian rug cleaning so you need to be cautious if you attempt a clean yourself. You also need to be careful with how much moisture you apply as this could cause the rug to brown out and get cellulosic browning. If you do wish to proceed yourself, then take a look at these steps for cleaning a rug.
1. Identify Fibre Composition
The fibre type of your rug will dictate what method of clean you can use. Wool, cotton, nylon, polypropylene, acrylic, and shaggy rugs are generally safe to clean and you can most likely proceed with caution. If your rug is silk then you must not use heat or be rough with the fibres. Fake silk, also known as viscose, rayon, banana silk, art silk, lyocell, cuprammonium, acetate, bemberg, nitro silk, or modal is very problematic and tricky to clean. We do not recommend you do these yourself and instead enlist rug cleaning specialists to clean it for you.
Once you have identified your rug as safe to clean, you need to give it a thorough vacuum using a machine that has a beater bar. This is designed to part the fibres so that more particles can be vacuumed up and also get the fibres ready for the clean.
Now the rug can be pre-sprayed using a cleaning solution. The one you use is entirely up to you but remember to do thorough research on how it effects and reacts with the fibre composition of your rug.
You can now clean your rug once the pre-spray has been applied. The method of clean depends on the rugs fibre composition. If it’s made of real silk, then using something like a hand mitten or microfibre cloth could be a safe option. If it’s synthetic or wool or cotton, then you could agitate the solution using a soft brush.
The rug now needs to be dried. This is probably the most important stage of the cleaning process because excess moisture can cause cellulosic browning or mould. You could dry it outside if it’s a sunny day or inside with proper ventilation and airflow.
Rug cleaning is not as easy as it seems and there’s actually a lot to it. Quite often this can result in you needing to hire professional rug cleaners to do the job because their experience and expertise could be the difference between your rug looking fresh or going bad. You should also vacuum your rug regularly to help remove buildup and get it professionally cleaned at least once per year. Don’t hesitate to contact Pro Rug Cleaning Sydney and arrange a booking for us to come to you and freshen up your rug.