Spring is just around the corner, which means warmer weather, more outdoor activities like hiking, swimming and nature walks. Unfortunately, this also can mean more dirt tracks on your rugs! To help you prepare for an active spring season, here are some tips to keep your rugs clean and spotless:
- Vacuum on a regular basis. Rugs need regular maintenance in order to be kept clean and in good shape. As they’re almost always expensive, taking a preventative care approach, like regular vacuuming, helps maintain rugs, which saves you money in the long run. Regularly vacuum in order to keep dust and dirt particles from working their way into your rug.
- Clean stains immediately. There’s an easy, quick fix to stains, the rug’s worst enemy: use affordable, house-hold products to take stains right off of your rug. Club soda is especially good for coffee and wine stains, while isopropyl alcohol is ideal for greasy stains. For deep cleaning your rugs, there’s a simple DIY carpet cleanser you can make right at home. Blend a quarter cup of laundry detergent and a third cup of water. Spread the foam on the stain, and let it soak for five to seven minutes. Then, scrub away with a cleaning brush. This is simple, easy and effective. You can also rent a steam cleaner at Home Depot to clean rugs.
- Take your shoes off. It’s not hard to guess what tracks dirt and sometimes mud onto your expensive rugs: shoes. So take them off when you enter the house. In general, it’s not a bad idea to take shoes off in the house to avoid bringing extraneous bacteria and germs into the house.
- Spices help. Spices make dishes better, but some also help keep your rugs clean! Sprinkle some cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, lavender or dried thyme on your rugs. Or mix the spice with baking soda, sprinkle it onto your rug and wait a few minutes before you vacuum.
Oriental and persian rugs are trickier says an Orange County persian rug expert, as they tend to be more expensive, with a more complex weaving and façade pattern than other types of rugs. A general rule of thumb when it comes to Oriental rugs is to avoid getting it dirty in the first place.
Don’t place it in the part of the house that gets too much foot traffic, such as close to the entrance of the house. Have your Oriental rug cleaned on a regular basis—ideally, it should be once a year—in order to lengthen the life of the rug.