How to clean your Rugs? Here is the most effective solutions for all types of rug cleaning DIY at home.
Chart of common spills and the recommended home cleaning solutions
|Alcoholic Drink||A||Chocolate / Cocoa||A||Furniture Polish||B||Milk||A||Soy Sauce||B|
|Ammonia / Alkali||A||Coffee||D||Gravy||A||Mixed Drink||E||Starch||B|
|Beer||E||Cooking Oil||B||Hair Oil||B||Mud||A||Tar||B|
|Butter||B||Dye (Blue / Black)||C||Ice Cream||B||Perfume||A||Varnish||B|
|Candy / Sugar||A||Dye (Red)||E||Lard||D||Rust||A||Vaseline||B|
|Carbon Black||B||Egg||B||Lipstick||A||Salad Dressing||B||Vomit||B|
|Catsup||B||Excrement||C||Machine Oil||B||Sauce||A||Washable Ink||A|
- Blot - Never Rub
- Clean Stain - Edge to Center
- Do not soak
- Pat and Fan Dry
- Brush Pile
Method A: Detergent - Vinegar - Detergent - Water
Method B: Cleaning Fluids - Detergent - Water - Ammonia - Detergent - Water
Method C: Detergent - Vinegar - Ammonia - Detergent - Water
Method D: Detergent - Ammonia - Detergent - Water
Method E: Detergent - Water
Method F: Detergent - Ammonia - Vinegar - Detergent
Method G: Salt - Water - Detergent - Water
Detergent Solution: 1 tsp dishwashing liquid + 1 c. water Ammonia Solution: 1 oz. ammonia + 1 c. water
Vinegar Solution: 1 part vinegar + 2 parts water
For moderate traffic, less than once a month and for heavy traffic, one to three times a week.
Do-it-yourself Rug Cleaning Tips
Food and Beverage: Vacuum dry spills thoroughly. Wet spills use 1/4 teaspoon of mild liquid detergents with a cup of water. Red Wine: Pouring salt over spills on all dark liquids will absorb the liquid like a sponge.
Pet Messes: Use a vinegar solution, 1 cup white vinegar to 2 cups of water. Rinse with cold water and blot dry.
Paint, Oil & Grease: Use nail polish remover. Rinse with cold water and blot dry.
Special Cleaning Guidelines
Synthetic Fiber Rugs (Olefin | Polypropylene)
- With a dry cotton towel or white paper towel, blot out stain as much as possible.
- Scrape off any food or debris with a dull instrument.
- Mix a very small amount of dish soap with a cup of cold water. With a clean sponge and soap mix, remove the remainder of stain and then blot the area with a dry towel.
HAPSH0 recommends taking caution while cleaning a rug. Be sure you start with an inconspicuous area. If you are uncertain about your ability to effectively clean the rug on your own, HAPSHO recommends you first consult a rug cleaning professional. HAPSHO accepts no liability for damages that a rug may incur during the cleaning process listed above.
Rug Pads: Protect Your Investment And Yourself
A rug pad provides a durable, long-lasting foundation that protects a rug for years to come.
The proper rug pad can:
- Extend the life of the rug by reducing wear and tear and enhancing air circulation between the rug and floor.
- Help to prevent accidents by holding the rug in place, minimizing movement and slippage.
- Add extra comfort underfoot by providing additional cushioning and support.
- Protect all floor types, including both hard surfaces and carpets.
Knowing Your Rug
If your rug has been rolled or folded for shipping, it may include creases. Creases should disappear within a week or two when the rug is laid out flat. Reverse rolling the rug overnight will help.
Odors are caused by dyes, yarns and shipping for long distances in sealed wrap. Most odors dissipate within a week once the rug is removed from the shipping wrap.
If exposed to direct sunlight, rug colors typically fade over time, even if they are fade resistant.
As a general rule, rugs of all materials and constructions should be rotated every 3-6 months to balance color and evenly distribute wear.