It’s good to know how to do as much of your own home maintenance as possible. Chores like dusting and vacuuming, mowing the lawn and replacing old fence boards are easy enough for most people to handle, but what about other types of seasonal maintenance? Cleaning indoor area rugs, for example, may seem simple—all you need is a vacuum, and maybe you can even just take the rug outside and shake it off, right?
Vacuuming is all well and good for weekly cleanings but come summer you’ll want to consider giving your rugs a thorough deep cleaning. You can do this in your own backyard in an afternoon with just a few basic tools and supplies. The following is a step-by-step guide to summertime area rug cleaning in Newport, OR. If you have doubts, stop what you are doing and call a professional rug cleaner to do the job for you:
- Set up an outdoor cleaning station: Summer is the best season to clean your area rugs because you can take the task outdoors. Choose a day that is clear and sunny and a spot that is free of dirt, dust, grass clippings and other outdoor debris. Don’t set up on the lawn, and avoid using standard clotheslines—area rugs are heavy, and even heavier when wet. A sturdy bench or retaining wall will likely work much better.
- Vacuum both sides of the rug: Before heading outside, thoroughly vacuum both sides of the rug. Vacuum the fiber side first, then flip it over and vacuum away lingering dust from the bottom. Now, roll it up and take it outside to your cleaning station. Once outside, if the rug is still dusty, ever so gently beat it with a broom handle or baseball bat to knock out remaining dust.
- Test, wash and shampoo: Be sure you know what material your rug is made of so you get the right shampoo. Find an inconspicuous spot on the rug to test out the solution before applying it to the entire surface. A small corner or patch will suffice. Let the shampoo and water sit a few hours before rinsing. Check for fiber discoloration or damage. If everything looks good, it’s time to wash the whole rug and apply shampoo. Start by rinsing the rug with the garden hose. Once wet, apply shampoo and use a sturdy brush to work the shampoo into a foam.
- Rinse and dry: Leave the shampoo on for as long as indicated on the bottle. To rinse, hose down the rug, making sure not to leave any residue behind. Drying will take time. Gently wring the rug the best you can to get rid of excess water. Hang the wet rug outside out of direct sunlight or in your laundry room for a few days.
- Vacuum again: Once the rug is completely dry, place it on the floor and vacuum it to fluff the fibers.
Feel free to contact Paradise Carpet Cleaners Inc. to find out what you can expect from professional area rug cleaning in Newport, OR. Book an appointment anytime!
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