Fabric rugs are a great addition to your entire decor; they enhance a space by adding warmth and brightness to your room and have great durability. Small rugs can be cleaned pretty easily as they require a trip through a washing machine, but large area rugs prove to be particularly challenging. It can be quite difficult to maintain fabric rugs as they are susceptible to spills, dust, and grime. Most rugs tend to wear off quickly; their colors start fading, and they start getting weary. Fabric rugs can survive a slew of cleanings before a single fiber moves from its place. However, while getting your rugs professionally cleaned sounds like the ideal solution, it can cost a pretty penny. It is recommended to clean your rug at home by incorporating easy do-it-yourself solutions to ensure that your rug upholds its flawless appearance and maintains longevity.
How frequently should I clean my fabric rug?
It is vital to understand the nature of your rug, and to do so, you should check the label attached to it. Some rugs are ‘dry clean only’ while others can withstand regular cleaning and washing. The nature of your fabric rug will assist in understanding how frequently you should clean your rug. It is recommended to clean your rug once a week and get it professionally cleaned twice a year.
How do I clean a fabric rug?
- Vacuuming is your best friend
The best way you can instantly remove dirt is by vacuuming it on both sides. When you are sweeping your rug with a vacuum, be mindful of the fringes, as wearing out the fringes will cause significant damage to the fabric of your rug and decrease its durability.
- Spot clean
Before you spot clean, make sure whether or the dyes of your rug are colorfast. Soak a sponge in water and blot the stain with a white cloth. Then, apply two more towels on top of the stain to absorb excess water. Use a solution of four parts cold water to one part white vinegar if the colors aren’t colorfast, or sprinkle cornstarch over top and vacuum after 24 hours.
- Making use of a natural deodorizer
You may not know this, but vinegar can act as a natural deodorizer for your fabric rug. Instead of using chemical-based cleaning products, you can make use of vinegar for an eco-friendly alternative. Make a deodorizing solution with equal parts vinegar and water to get rid of the scents. Proceed to spray the solution over the rug. You can also put the rug over a sink or washtub and pour some of the liquid over the problem spots if the stench is really bad. Leave the solution to settle for 10 minutes before blotting it away with a towel. If you notice that any lingering vinegar odor persists, don’t fret because it will go away on its own. Sprinkle baking soda over the carpeting for further deodorizing action. Allow it to rest for a few hours before vacuuming or brushing it off, and enjoy the fresh scent of your rug.
- Washing machine
If your rug is one that does not occupy a large space like an area rug, you can put it in the wash to clean it instantly. However, if the fibres of your rug are already loose and your rug has become too rugged, this method is not recommended.
- Hand wash your fabric rug
In a pail of water, dissolve the detergent; do not use too much detergent. When you use too much detergent, it’s tough to get it out. Brush the appropriate region of the carpeting with the water detergent mixture. Scrub both sides of the rug along the weave. Brush from one tassel to the next, not from one tassel to the next. If necessary, add extra water. Make sure you thoroughly rinse the carpet. The rug is ready to dry when the wash water is clear, and the rug does not feel slick beneath your palm. Dry the rug out of direct sunshine in the shade. During the drying process, flip the rug over and make sure to dry both sides.
Different types of rugs and their cleaning process
There is also a wide range of fabric rugs you can choose from: wool, silk, cotton, synthetic and animal skin are just a few of the many types. The most typical fabric of rugs used in living rooms and bedrooms are wool and cotton rugs.
Cotton or woolen rugs
Colorfast rugs should be washed by hand with a moderate detergent and a gentle brush or sponge. To eliminate residue, rinse thoroughly with water combined with a little quantity of white vinegar. To eliminate as much moisture as possible, wrap it in a large towel and stand on it. Make sure to immediately hang the rug in the shade for drying.
Cleaning antique rugs
Persian and antique runners are quite common. It is possible to vacuum them, but particular care must be used because their materials are often fragile and prone to getting frayed easily. To protect antique rugs, it is advised to drape a nylon screen over them before vacuuming. Additionally, professional rug cleaning services should be used at least once a year to maintain the delicate pattern and fabric of vintage and antique rugs.
Sheepskin or fur rugs
Pour unscented talcum powder over these types of area rugs and let them sit for a few hours to clean them. Shake out the powder after brushing it through the fur or hair. Repeat these procedures as needed, varying on the length of the fur. Clean the backs of your rugs using a clean cotton fabric or cloth dipped in lukewarm soapy water.
If your woven rugs are washable, place them in a mesh laundry bag before putting them in cold water and a moderate cycle in the washing machine. You can clean bigger braided carpets using a sponge and carpet-cleaning foam. Brush and massage them according to the product’s instructions before rinsing or vacuuming. Before storing or placing them back on the floor, it is vital to ensure they are completely dry.