Timely maintenance of Rugs will keep their original colour and style for many years to come. Let’s face it - both the beauty and durability of most fabrics depend on their cleanliness. Entire look and feel of a room changes with dirty carpets or rugs, and make everything around them appear drab or worn out. There’s a lot you can do in the meantime to keep your rooms or halls look clean.
The following do’s and don’ts will help you maintain your carpets and rugs:
- At least weekly, vacuum light, loose soils from carpets and rugs. If floor coverings are in a large traffic area, they really should be vacuumed once a day. Gritty soil can cause permanent damage to the fibres, and this is less likely if it is removed with regular vacuuming.
- Spills and other accidents are a major cause of spots and stains in carpets and rugs. 90% of spots and stains from liquid spills can be prevented if immediate steps are taken to avoid the staining materials. The important thing is to act quickly before the spill dries and threatens to permanently stain your carpet or rug.
- Bright sunlight can fade colours in carpets and rugs. On bright, sunny days, it’s a good idea to close window shades, shutters, or blinds.
- You might not think that shrinkage is a problem for carpets and rugs, but in fact, they can shrink as much as 5% (2% is average). The type of fibre used in the carpet or rug’s face is not related to shrinkage. Changes through shrinkage happen when the backing yarns get wet. When wall-to-wall carpeting is installed, it is tightly stretched to prevent wrinkles or air pockets, so it important to keep moisture away from carpeting –in some cases, wetting and shrinkage have caused rips or tears.
- Foot traffic and heavy furniture can change the texture of your carpets and rugs. Shag carpeting, for example, can experience “blooming” caused by the untwisting or opening of the yarns. You can use scissors to clip “tufts” that extend above the rest of the carpet pile, but never pull them out (if they have been pulled out, use a crochet needle to work them back into the backing of the carpet. You can also use scissors to remove piling, the formation of those tiny balls of fuzz on top of carpeting, and shading can sometimes be temporarily corrected by vacuuming in the same direction.
- If your new carpeting sheds lint onto shoes, or if your vacuum bag is full of fuzzy fibre at first, don’t worry. This is a natural occurrence with new carpets as they shed excess loose fibres that linger after the manufacturing process.
- Controlling the humidity in your home should eliminate the chance of odorous mildew, at least, and although pet staining is a common source of difficult-to-remove odours.
- Consider a “No Shoes” policy in your home. Dirt tracked in from the outdoors is a major source of soiling for carpets and rugs.